Letters to the editor

2014-06-06T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
June 06, 2014 12:00 am

A pizzeria is all downtown needs?

Re: the June 1 article “Hungrily awaited pizzeria could be a game changer.”

I find it hard to believe that the editors deemed a story about a pizzeria as worthy of covering most of the front page. It appears that the editors need to get a grasp on reality. While it may be a change in downtown, I find it distressing that more important news was skipped so a pizzeria plug could be provided.

If this pizzeria is expected to be a “game changer,” then I would wonder why the City Council did not figure out that such a minor change could solve the off-hours financial problems of the downtown restoration. If this actually is a game changer, the time has come to replace people in charge.

LH Hancock

Accountant, Tucson

In guest opinion, species

are casually written off

Gilmore Tostengard’s recent editorial on the proposed Rosemont Mine presents the traditional, outmoded point of view of the Old West. In today’s West, we cannot ignore climatic factors including unprecedented drought, and we need to encourage an economy not limited to exploitation of limited resources.

An enlightened, modern economy avoids perturbations of the climate and the living systems that make up our greater world.

As a biologist, I’ve learned to recognize the value of living things of all orders, and I find the path plotted by the Old West to lead eventually to a dead, impoverished place with little to support people both physically and emotionally beyond the walls that house us.

Further, I don’t think I’m unique in finding it morally reprehensible to ignore the essential right of all living species to an existence, including a place to live. In the end, we have no right to annihilate an entire living species for our own enrichment.

Roger Barthelson

Scientific analyst, Tucson

Getting a handle

on a billion dollars

How much is a billion?

Every issue of the paper these days contains references to things costing billions of dollars. Mrs. Sterling, as half owner of the Los Angeles Clippers will receive a billion dollars as her share of the team’s selling price. How much is a billion dollars?

If Mrs. Sterling were to spend a dollar every second, $60 per minute, $3,600 per hour, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, it would take her more than 30 years to spend $1 billion!

James Richmann

Engineer/retired, Tucson

Tomorrow’s news

a source of dread

It is maddening to follow the actions of the current White House occupant. One day he frees five extremely dangerous terrorists in trade for a U.S. soldier who left his post without authority, i.e. desertion. Then he announces that the U.S. will spend over $1 billion for military deployment and exercises in Europe. Isn’t about time we end the Marshall Plan of 1945? Most of these countries have weakened their military in favor 30 hour workweeks, long vacations and loads of government “freebies.” So we are supposed to demonstrate solidarity with them with both our pocketbook and possibly American lives?

I’m afraid to read, hear or see tomorrow’s news. 1/20/17 can’t get here fast enough!

Tom Vana

Retired, Marana

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