Don’t let Tucson destroy historic roots

Preserving Tucson’s past makes our community special. It shocks the conscience to think of destroying historic buildings to make Broadway a six-lane road. Why not build an upper-level highway?

Better yet, why not improve our public transportation system and bicycle lanes?

Let’s not continue to destroy our past, as we’ve done with the obscene amount of development on our beautiful surrounding mountainsides and our contemplating of the Rosemont Mine.

Sandra Katz

Retired, Tucson

Simple tax changes

would help economy

Congress should get serious. First, a transaction tax on financial trades. The market will work better and Wall Street will begin to pay its fair share. Second, replace funding of Medicare from a payroll tax to a value added tax. This will make if far less costly to hire employees and broaden the base of health care funding to the broad economy. Third, increase the income tax rate for all taxpayers with annual incomes exceeding $250,000. This tax change will mean members of Congress will pay more taxes. They should!

Congress should appoint Ben Bernanke and Larry Summers as co-chairs of a campaign to effect the changes.

Those of us who thrive in the U.S. economy will have to sustain it. There is no free ride for those in poverty and there should be no pass for those who prosper.

Robert Hungate

Retired, Tucson

House speaker

has too much power

The principles of democracy are proportionate representation and majority rule. The rules of the U.S. House of Representatives apparently fail to follow these principles.

On Oct. 1, a very small minority of the House, less than 10 percent of representatives, shut down the government for 16 days. How can 41 tea-party followers accomplish this task? They needed help from the speaker of the House, John Boehner.

The speaker had to decide which bill to bring up for vote: the bill that contains only the budget, or a bill that contains the tea party’s demands in addition to the budget. By refusing to bring up the clean budget bill for a vote, Boehner elected to shut down the government.

This should not happen in a democracy. Obviously, something is wrong with the House’s procedures. House rules concentrate too much power in the hands of the speaker; it must be changed. The authority of the speaker must be curtailed.

Zoltan Rosztoczy

Retired, Tucson

State should target

tea partyers, not readers

Re: the Oct. 24 article “State says it’s watching TUSD.”

So the state of Arizona is monitoring those who it imagines might advocate the overthrow of our government — simply because of their ethnicity and the books they might read.

Reading, especially about subjects that challenge traditional beliefs, can only broaden our awareness and inspire critical thinking and understanding. John Huppenthal ought to try it.

If the state is really worried about subversion, maybe it should widen its target to include the tea party, which openly hates our government and the president, managed to shut down the government and would have happily plunged our country into financial chaos had not saner heads prevailed.

Robert Swaim

Retired architect, Tucson

Proud to support Foothills high school

Catalina Foothills High School should be commended for providing exceptional engagement opportunities for its students. The skills these students learn by taking part in this creative process will help guide them as they enter adulthood.

I have seen many shows and am proud to live and support the CFHS district and its education initiatives. Bravo Terry Erbe, Norm Testa and the whole crew of “Noises Off.”

Julia Rudnick

Coordinator, Tucson

Tucson’s connection to space a bit tenuous

I would like to thank the Daily Star for its coverage in Saturday’s paper of the NFL games to be played on Sunday and for listing the starting games on TV or radio. Hint, sarcasm, there weren’t any.

Further, in the Tucson & Region section the main headline was “Milky Way incubating clusters of new stars.” Wow, I didn’t realize the Milky Way was in the Tucson region. Amazing.

Lastly, when we have cameras that can clearly read a license plate from outer space, why are the photographs of individuals during robberies in banks and other locations almost always blurry? Just wondering.

Bud Masters

Retired, Tucson