Racing agency’s goals omit dogs’ well-being

Re: the Oct. 5 article “Reconsider greyhound steroid ban, state says.”

The mission of the Arizona Department of Racing is to “regulate and supervise pari-mutuel racing and wagering conducted in Arizona in order to protect racing participants and the wagering public.” Does that include the greyhounds? The racing industry says steroids are not harmful. How would they know? They only use the greyhounds to make money and then discard them; the lucky ones go to rescue groups.

More than 100 Pima County veterinarians were in favor of the Tucson Dog Protection initiative. Injecting steroids into females can cause liver and genital damage, infections of the genitals, cardiac problems and may shorten their lives. No other breed of dog is subjected to years of steroid abuse. Greyhounds have suffered enough.

Karyn Zoldan

Copywriter, Tucson

Pro-migrant attitudes pose potential risk

Re: the Oct. 12 article “2 buses blocked in effort to steer focus back to deportation debate.”

These protests are a direct result of a pro-illegal immigrant climate set here by the Tucson City Council and the mayor, the politically correct “hands-off” approach of the Tucson Police Department — in particular Chief Roberto Villaseñor — and the Daily Star’s sympathetic attitude toward illegal immigration.

If these protests continue unabated, it will be just a matter of time before a police officer is injured. If these people want to chain themselves to a bus, then let them have their way, leave them there for a couple days without food, water and use of a bathroom. But of course, that would be cruel and uncaring.

David Burford

Retired, Tucson

Gov’t, not charities, should be helping vets

At the risk of sounding insensitive to the needs of the women and men who have been wounded and disabled because of their service to the nation, I feel compelled to express my annoyance over the constant solicitations to give money to charities geared to help support those military veterans who served our nation and were physically, emotionally or mentally injured.

I feel it is the responsibility of the federal government to give complete and total support to our wounded veterans and their families. If there are gaps in such support, then these must be addressed and corrected. It is demeaning to one’s pride to have to depend on charitable organizations to furnish that which the government has the responsibility to provide.

Too much of what one donates goes into the pockets of the charities. If every cent I gave went to the intended recipients, I would not have felt compelled to write this letter.

Hal Bardach

Retired, Tucson

Star neglected to cover opposition to I-11

The Daily Star didn’t carry the story, but petitions with some 600 signatures in opposition to routing Interstate 11 or the “Canamex Highway” through the Avra Valley were presented to the Pima County Board of Supervisors Oct. 1. They also will be presented to the I-11 Study Group’s stakeholders and public meeting on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation.

The supervisors, and highway champion Chuck Huckelberry, also were  shown how to save millions of taxpayer money: Using Arizona Department of Transportation numbers, it turns out that double-decking six miles of Interstate 10 would accomplish everything a Huckelberry Highway would do — at one-third the cost! Not only does it saves money, it saves a valley whose peaceful way of life has endured.

Albert Lannon

Member, Avra Valley Coalition

Grijalva broke oath with arrest in DC

Re: the Oct. 9 article “At least 8 Democrats in Congress arrested at demonstration backing immigration bill.”

If Rep. Raúl Grijalva were an ordinary citizen I would not have a problem with him being arrested for civil disobedience for demonstrating against our immigration policies. However, he is not an ordinary citizen. He is an elected representative to the United States Congress. As a member of Congress he took an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. He has violated his oath of office and, therefore, he no longer deserves to be a member of Congress. He should resign.

Bill Gochis

Retired engineer, Tucson

Cartoon depicting GOP as terrorists disgusting

Re: the Oct. 9 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

I am a registered independent voter, so I have no bond with either Republicans or Democrats. That said, I found Fitz’s cartoon highly offensive. Is it supposed to illustrate Republicans flying into the “twin towers” of the economy? If so, it’s tasteless and disgusting. I’m not happy with any politician right now, but I would never stoop so low as to accuse one of terrorism.

Ellen Fitzgerald

Office manager, Tucson