Formula 1 racing in Pima is a pipe dream

Re: the June 6 article "Pima sees Formula 1 racetrack in future."

As a lifelong racing enthusiast, I had to chuckle over the grandiose plans for a Formula One racetrack. My take? Good luck with that. With all the other financial concerns in Pima County, this is a real stretch. It's like a man on welfare planning a world cruise.

There are several reasons, besides economic, why this won't work. 1) Arizona people don't like F1 racing. It failed miserably in Phoenix. Why should it succeed here? 2) Tucson does not, nor ever will have, the accommodations for the Grand Prix set. 3) There already is a state-of-the-art Formula One track in Austin, Texas, about 900 miles away.

Somebody here didn't do much research, which was needed, because they obviously don't know much about auto racing. It's hard to believe these Pima County higher-ups thought of - or got sucked into - such a venture. Talk about grabbing at straws!

Douglas Alborn

Retired, Tucson

Leave bighorn sheep where they are

Re: the June 7 article "Problem pumas to be hunted down."

I don't understand why we as humans have to disrupt the lives of other animals for our own amusement. Why we have to kill one species so another one can survive. I couldn't help but notice the partners in the plan, Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society.

I can't help but believe that they have only one thing in mind and that is to hunt and kill the sheep when they get plentiful. Why don't they release them in Saguaro National Park? "Oh wait, no hunting there." Even the Galiuro Mountains would be a better choice - not so many people.

Remember when a mountain lion kills a bighorn sheep, they eat it, when a human kills a bighorn sheep, they chop off their heads and put them on the wall! I say leave the bighorn sheep where they are and don't fuss around with mother nature.

Tommy Di Maggio


Will west side get support from Star?

Re: the June 9 editorial "S. 12th Avenue has potential to be cultural hub."

I enjoyed your editorial on neighborhood empowerment/ economic development by the Southside Business Coalition. South Tucson's efforts, with its serpentine street and tile artwork, were also acknowledged.

However, I was left wondering if the El Rio community would get your support? From the Daily Star's coverage one is left with the impression that we don't want economic development. Mike Varney, CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber, even insinuated that we were "CAVE" people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything).

Contrary to that perception, more than a decade ago the west side started its own push for prosperity and recognition. Leadership initiated the Fiesta Grande after a city main caused a huge sinkhole on West Speedway. Last year streetscapes were revitalized with El Cambio Grande.

Recently, the El Rio Coalition II met with Mayor Rothschild and proposed a citizen/business group to address economic development on the west side, with the mayor stating he would assign a staffer.

Raul E. Ramirez

Retired social worker, Tucson

Immigration status quo is moronic

Re: the June 10 editorials "Will immigration reform provide needed workers?"

Rep. Steve King ignores the posed question, instead trotting out two of conservatism's favorite shibboleths: undocumented immigrants are here primarily to sponge off our welfare system and immigration reform will undermine "the rule of law" therefore "the pillars of American exceptionalism will crumble and fall."

On the first point Rep. King offers no evidence. On the second, he seems to believe that all our federal laws were enacted sometime around 1776 and have remained in effect, unaltered, since then. In fact, over time our laws have changed continually, necessarily, to reflect the ever-changing nature of our increasingly complex society.

An obvious, present complexity is comprised of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants here. In light of the enormous human capital that number embraces and the enormous potential benefit to our workforce and economy, doing what Rep. King wants - maintaining the current, punitive status quo - would be absolutely moronic.

Thomas Sanders


Old proverb remains relevant

The email service "Wordsmith," which sends to subscribers a word of the day, also includes a thought for the day. Recently, an old Czechoslovakian proverb was offered that is relevant to our current times. It is, "The big thieves hang the little ones." It is too good and profound not to share.

Robert Nordmeyer

Retired, Tucson