City should give street fair a break

Re: the Jan. 9 article “Streetcar tests will mean fewer street-fair sellers.”

Given the substantial revenue and tax base the Fourth Avenue Street Fair generates I would think the city would be a bit more flexible. With all the testing delays that have already taken place, four more days means nothing — especially when it comes to lost jobs and revenue!

It seems to me that our priorities are not properly aligned. How can Department of Transportation Director Daryl Cole make a unilateral decision that is not in the best interest of so many other entities? I would hope that Mayor Rothschild would consider the bigger picture here and provide the direction and leadership he is responsible for.

James Prager

Retired, Tucson

Gun-disposal options distress 2 Canadians

My wife and I recently cleaned up her 91-year-old father’s apartment following his death in Tucson. We consolidated a box of various prescription drugs along with a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition, which we took to the Tucson Police Department.

The desk officer was most helpful and disposed of the medications for us but could not take the revolver. We were told our options would be to sell the revolver or disassemble it and dispose of the parts in different trash containers. On further questioning, we could also sell the revolver to whom we wanted — this was a shock to both of us.

Getting any weapon off the streets and not in the wrong hands should be everyone’s priority! This is the same city where Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of a gun assault. May I suggest Congress revisit your gun laws.

Aubrey Foley

Port Colborne, Ontario

UA willing to take Carondelet ad money

Re: the Dec. 14 article “UA pulling plug on Miller’s ads for rival health network.”

I find some irony in the fact that the University of Arizona wants coach Sean Miller to end his affiliation with Carondelet Health Network because they are a competitor of the University of Arizona Medical Center yet is willing to take Carondelet’s money to advertise on the board below the scorekeeper table at McKale Center.

Beth Duncan

Customer service, Tucson

All that band practice goes unrewarded

Re: the Jan. 3 letter to the editor “Pride of Arizona deserved bowl trip.”

The actions to hire a small college band to masquerade as the Pride of Arizona was a slap in the face to our community by University of Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne. I see these students practice for 25 hours every single week on the Mall in scorching August heat and cold winter nights (for only one credit and not a dime of scholarship or compensation).

That local college band that replaced them sure had a day to remember — they even got to keep their UA sweatshirts and hats as a reminder of the day they pretended they were the Pride of Arizona on national television. It was deceitful, shameful and an embarrassment to our university. By the way did you catch the name, Greg Byrne? It’s called the PRIDE of Arizona.

Marcy Ziska

Adjunct faculty UA, Tucson

Mine will destroy trees, scenic beauty

I read there will be 620,000 trees planted to honor every casualty of the Civil War, on a 180-mile path, from Thomas Jefferson’s home to Gettysburg — at a cost of $65 million.

At the same time, the Rosemont Mine would destroy hundreds of thousands of trees and a beautiful, God-made scenic mountain, to transfer billions of dollars to enrich foreign corporations.

All the hair-splitting over an outmoded mine law adopted in 1872, not long after the Civil War, is not the real issue. The real issue is the destruction of all those trees and our irreplaceable, stunningly beautiful scenery. Where is the massive protest from the people of Tucson, who will lose this beauty forever?

Diane Stephenson

Retired, Tucson

Philanthropists deserve our thanks

Re: the Jan. 2 article “Top gifts of 2013 show a rebound in philanthropy.”

Contrary to all those who continuously complain about, malign and want to tax the “1 percent,” I’d like to thank them for their donations totaling more than $3.4 billion in 2013.

These funds are put directly and efficiently to use without layers of government bureaucracy chewing up a good portion of the money. While we’re at it, let’s also thank all income tax payers (especially the 1 percent) for their greatly increased tax payments that have helped lower annual deficits.

And let’s not forget all those nasty large corporations who have not only created jobs, but have also increased their payments to Uncle Sam. It seems to me that a great deal of economic good continues to be done by those who are always being blasted by left-leaning politicians and their supporters.

Matthew Scully

Engineer, Sahuarita