UA seems not to grasp importance of AZPM

Re: the June 17 article “Public broadcaster faces steep cut in funding from UA.”

The University of Arizona plans to cut $ 2 million dollars from Arizona Public Media’s future funding, starting soon. Is there a fellow watcher or listener whose life would be poorer without Garrison Keillor? Or Terry Gross? Or the car guys? Or Beethoven? Or maybe Sesame Street?

Arizona Public Media brings us all of these.

I am shocked that by its $2 million cutback, the UA demonstrates that it doesn’t seem to understand just what a jewel AZPM is to the community and university.

Nancy Fahringer

Former KUAT announcer, Tucson

100 deadliest days

for teens are upon us

According to the National Safety Council, more than 1,000 people die in car crashes involving teens between Memorial Day and Labor Day — the 100 deadliest days on the road for teens.

Earlier this year, I hosted an Allstate “X the TXT” event at Sahuaro High School to urge students to pledge not to text and drive. Students were shocked to hear that texting and driving increases a driver’s risk of crashing by 23 times — and sending just one text while driving is like having four beers.

Considering that distracted driving is the leading cause of crashes and car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S., we all must do our part to keep teens safe this summer and throughout the year.

Michelle Rico

Contractor, Tempe

Armed do-gooders meet bad outcomes

I am curious if the National Rifle Association interests would care to comment on the latest killings of two people in Las Vegas and a priest in Phoenix. In both stories, law-abiding armed citizens coming to the aid of others in peril failed in their attempts to do good.

The common thread in both of these stories is that the NRA’s philosophy has obvious shortcomings. The strategy of having the people of this country be armed doesn’t always work. Innocent people get hurt or killed.

Thomas Plesniak

Retired carpenter, Tucson

ED Letter Hed goes here two lines

Re: the June 15 article “Ideas for a flowing Santa Cruz are floated.”

It’s easy to wonder why Tucson was settled in the first place. As an article in Sunday’s paper suggests, bringing water back to the long-dry Santa Cruz River bed would answer that question.

It’s a great idea. Besides making the city a more attractive place to live and work, it could be a boon to economic development. There would be many hurdles, but that shouldn’t stop us from imagining and implementing a project that could transform Tucson for the better.

Great cities have undertaken much more daunting projects — from the Brooklyn Bridge to the recent construction of Los Angeles’ subway beneath the already-developed city.

Scott Neeley

Architect, Tucson

Sarah Garrecht Gassen writes opinion for the Arizona Daily Star. Her column appears Thursdays. Email her at and follow her on Facebook.