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2013-03-18T00:00:00Z Letters to the editorArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Council plays fast, loose with resolutions

The City Charter and state law require any resolution to be published and wait 30 days to take effect, giving all Tucsonans the opportunity to have input before it goes into effect. The only exceptions are resolutions required in an emergency.

Yet, City Attorney Mike Rankin (who is paid to advise the mayor and City Council on legal issues) apparently has made no attempt to stop the mayor and council from repeatedly passing resolutions without publishing or giving the public 30 days for input.

The attempt to justify this is by routinely declaring an emergency, even though none exists.

Falsely declaring an emergency is a shameful abuse of power and an illegal deceit. The sole purpose is to thwart the law, which Rankin, the mayor and every council member have sworn to uphold.

This policy of illegal action should be rescinded at the very next meeting of mayor and council.

Carol Stoner

Retired cosmetologist, Tucson

Snail mail brings untold delights

I'm sorry for the letter writer who thinks snail mail should just go away. He must get very boring mail. No color catalogs to ponder. No cards at birthdays and holidays reminding one that somebody cares. No newsletters from favorite charities. No supermarket coupons!

Yes, I know that all of this can come in email, but I'd rather carry a catalog around the house than my computer, especially if I'm going to view it "full sized," not "phone sized."

And who wants to read Sports Illustrated, National Geographic or Cosmopolitan on a screen?

Then there's the "business" mail, bank statements and such. "Go paperless!" they all ask. Why? I need this stuff for my records and I want them to do the printing, not me.

I have been reading about the future for a long, long time and I'll give up my snail mail when they issue me my jet pack.

David P Kelly

Retired, Tucson

Kelly perpetrated a straw purchase

Re: the March 12 article "Kelly gun purchase sparks outcry."

Considering Mark Kelly bought an AR-15 to give to the Tucson Police Department, that is what the ATF would call a straw purchase.

New York City Mayor Bloomberg paid a private detective to buy a gun for him at a Phoenix gun show, and that again is a straw purchase.

But both lobby for more gun laws that they themselves have no problem breaking to achieve their agenda the same as any criminal would do. If "law-abiding citizens" ignore the current laws what makes you think any new laws would stop criminals?

Paul Cragle

Tucson

Kelly's reasoning about gun buy baffles

Re: the March 12 article "Kelly gun purchase sparks outcry."

I don't need to touch a stove to see if it's hot. I don't need to run a red light to see if the speed cameras work. What was Capt. Mark Kelly thinking when he decided on the spur of a moment to see how easy it is to buy an AR-15?

What made him even think that an American space hero and the husband of the most recognized congresswoman in the past two years would not be able to get a gun in a legitimate gun shop?

If he had some ordinary Joe buy the gun at the swap meet or a gun show, it would have made a point. He promises to give it to the police after he gets it? What a waste of $1,000. Makes me wonder.

Matt Welch

Business owner, Tucson

Thanks to council for acknowledging D-M

On Feb. 20, I was honored and pleased to see Tucson's Mayor Rothschild and City Council pass Resolution 22006 in support of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The community support that night was proof that we all support of our U.S. Air Force.

The base has been a part of our Tucson heritage since 1927 and an integral part of our great nation's cause for freedom worldwide, which we are grateful to enjoy. Tucson is lucky to have these heroes as our neighbors, our friends and our extended family.

Thank you to Mayor Rothschild and the City Council for acknowledging our great DMAFB and for expressing the Tucson community's appreciation for our military's service.

Ellen Jimenez

Tucson Metro Chamber Military Affairs Committee chair and associate director of sales, Tucson

Parks and Rec's senior activity fee is too high

I know the city of Tucson strives to get all the revenue it can out of its residents for goods and services, but one place I feel Tucson has no compassion or flexibility is the annual senior fee at Parks and Recreation, for a senior activity card.

The yearly resident fee went up about 400 percent a couple of years ago and is now $25. And some (most) seniors are on fixed incomes. Going to a senior center daily, or weekly may be all the social and recreational contact these people may get.

If a senior is 80 or 90 years old, he might buy a senior pass today and drop dead tomorrow.

Can't the city pick an age when seniors could get free entrance to a park senior center? No, 100 years old would be a little too high.

Kenneth Unwin

Retired federal worker, Tucson

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