Public library bill

a triumph of ignorance

Re: the Feb. 5 editorial “Our vital libraries would be damaged under tax plan.”

I read a lot, a minimum of three books per week, and average two trips per week to the library.

If HB 2379 passes, it will severely limit funding for Pima County libraries and force closures of several branches and the attendant loss of jobs. One of the branches that would be closed is the one that I use.

Public libraries provide innumerable benefits to our society in addition to serving my own needs. From a purely selfish perspective I will pay an additional $312 per year in transportation costs to access the next-closest public library branch.

If the library assessment was completely eliminated from my property tax bill, I would save $75. Perhaps the author of HB 2379 should have spent more time using our public libraries.

This bill demonstrates the triumph of ignorance over common sense.

Greye Passarelli

Retired, Tucson

F-35 noise is a threat

to property values

Re: the Feb. 7 guest column “Supporting the F-35 is supporting our community.”

Brian Andrews is correct that the F-35 “is the jet fighter of the future,” but he is wrong when he writes that supporting the F-35 is supporting our community.

Davis-Monthan’s current fighter jet, the A-10, regularly flies over our midtown neighborhoods. For most of us, its noise is tolerable. But according to the Air Force itself, the noise of the F-35 is eight times as loud as the A-10 noise.

For tens of thousands of Tucsonans, the noise of F-35s will destroy our neighborhoods’ livability and our property values. Davis-Monthan can continue as a vital and viable part of Tucson by attracting future missions that are compatible with the residential neighborhoods that lie beneath the base’s flight paths.

All parties will win when D-M has a strong program of missions that minimize the damage to this community’s health, livability and property values.

Gary Hunter

Retired civil engineer, Tucson

Let us not create

gaping maws in our land

In the discussion of the Rosemont Mine, let us set aside facts and statistics for a while. Facts and statistics aren’t the only considerations in the arguments involved in the Rosemont Mine issue.

Mines are great maws, gaping wounds across the national landscape. They are unlike the wondrous canyons that heal our spirits and fill us with wonder. Mines scarify our souls and putrefy the land. They have done so for centuries around the world.

So much is endangered. So too the pride and glories of this land; its mountains, its rivers, its forests. Let us not create gaping maws in our land. Let us leave this land intact to those who follow, lest we cry out as Kurt Vonnegut did:

When the last living thing

has died on account of us,

how poetical it would be

if Earth could say,

in a voice floating up


from the floor

of the Grand Canyon,

“It is done.”

People did not like it here.

Holly Hilden

Retired, Green Valley