Letters to the editor

2014-07-11T00:00:00Z 2014-07-11T13:57:53Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2014 12:00 am

UNIVERSITY SHOULD EXPEL THOSE WHO ASSAULT

I am troubled by the results of the investigation into the March 29 University of Arizona student riot after a basketball loss, where felonious assaults against Tucson police officers occurred along with the predictable nitpicking of the conduct of Tucson Police Department Sgt. Joel Mann for “pushing” incidents.

Students who turned to violence were legally required to retreat after law enforcement declared the mob an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse. The raucous students not only refused to obey the lawful order, and those of Sgt. Mann, but elements within continued to taunt the police and pelted officers.

The unnecessary cycle of events will continue until the community, and those in power, focus on the real problem — defiant mobs. The UA president can fix this problem, if she has the resolve. Issue a policy that states any student who assaults any peace officer during any campus-related activity or demonstration, when exercising his/her lawful duties, will be expelled from the university.

William Davis, Retired law enforcement, Green Valley

THOUSANDS OF KIDS HERE — CITIZENS — NEED HELP

Re: the July 8 article “Bowl this weekend to help homeless Tucson kids.”

After reading what Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on TV on July 6 about the tremendous number of children flooding our southern border, it made me sad to hear him say that “we must do the right thing by these children.”

Here in the Tucson area, it is estimated that we have over 5,600 homeless children who are citizens in our community. Youth on Their Own, a local nonprofit, is working with over 1,200 of these homeless youths to identify, provide support and encourage them to stay in school and graduate with a high school diploma.

This support is possible because of the generosity of our local donors, the city of Tucson and Pima County. There is no federal funding to help our own homeless children here at Youth on Their Own.

How about the federal government looking out for our own children first?

Terry Hlivko, Past president of Youth on Their Own, Tucson

Don’t give up on bat program

Re: the July 7 article “Bat-observation program canceled for safety reasons.”

I admit that I am partial to bats in part because they eat insect pests including mosquitos. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum presentations were such a great thing to do. It was thrilling to see bats fly from under the bridge, and people learned why bats are important and only rarely dangerous.

The city could consider other options, such as applying safety measures it uses for parades, welcoming groups and other gatherings. It could put up flashing traffic barriers to slow bicyclists down and have volunteers inform them what is going on, or put some other measures in place that encourage Tucson to be a welcoming place that shows people its unusual attractions.

Margo Sasse, Caregiver, Tucson

‘Unlucky’ job seeker might look in the mirror

Re: the July 9 letter “Can’t find a job, still grateful anyway.”

The author perfectly exemplifies the victim mentality of many recent college graduates. Her purported “thankfulness” is nothing more than an opportunistic listing of identity-politics grievances devoid of self-awareness. Describing Tucson as ripe for “social change” reveals more about her actual “career goals” than she probably cares to admit.

She laments her lack of “luck” in finding a job, blaming this misfortune on her “age, race (and) gender,” instead of recognizing that her degree in Latin American studies and theater might be the problem. Such esoteric topics are presumably interesting during college but have little value in our current economy.

Sadly, society does not owe us a job nor is it required to respect our academic interests. Perhaps she could learn to run a lathe like I did? I always hear about a need for female representation in certain industries, yet never in those considered to be blue collar. Odd.

James Ramsey, Graduate student/machinist, Tucson

Concern about takeover of UA Health Network

Do you remember H. Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential debates? He spoke about the “great sucking sound” of jobs leaving the U.S. for Mexico and elsewhere if certain trade policies were passed.

Doesn’t this present takeover of the University of Arizona hospital and health system, for 30 years, by a health conglomerate sound similar? Do we really want our teaching hospital and high-level trauma care to be transferred to Phoenix? And how about those 6,300 UA Health Network employees who the Star reported have been promised they could keep their jobs for six months?

How about some good investigating reporting on this deal and any negative effects it could have for our city.

Claire Frondorf, Retired attorney, Tucson

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