Border walls hurt more than migrants

Whatever one’s opinion of migration, the wall doesn’t stop immigrants. Videos on the Internet show ordinary folks scaling them in mere seconds. So we spend millions of dollars per mile of fence for hundreds of miles to little avail.

The sad fact is that they are bad for people and the environment. Rain causes them to back up with debris causing flooding and death to people who live nearby. They cut through national parks and monuments. Animals of all sorts cannot migrate and are shut off from food, water or possible mates.

We’d be best off returning to the old barbed-wire fences of the past. And we sure don’t need new walls.

Elna Otter

Retired, Benson

Give challengers a chance ...

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. With 72 percent of the American people saying the U.S. is going in the wrong direction and 86 percent disapproving of how Congress is handling the job, why do voters continue to re-elect the incumbents? If you’re a die-hard Democrat or Republican — OK — just vote for your party’s incumbent challenger.

There are members in Congress who have been there for over 30 years, some over 40, and even one over 50. Isn’t it time to try something different? Since we can vote every two years for a member of the House of Representatives and every six years for Senator, why not give it a try?

Rosalie Wright

Retired, Oro Valley

Marines preserve our way of life

We Americans are very fortunate to be living in this country. I visited my 21-year-old Marine son recently at Camp Pendleton, California. I was humbled to visit him and his fellow Marines who have put their lives in harm’s way to preserve our way of life. To say the least, their living conditions are modest. My son has a roommate and they occupy about 400 square feet of cinder block quarters. Every day they go about their assignments with the possibility of being deployed far away.

It is little wonder so many humans want to come to this country — our founding fathers did it right.

Greg Middleton

Carpet cleaner, Lakeside

Let’s talk about the water shortage

Lake Mead has been depleted to record low levels. The Colorado River has fallen to levels never before seen or recorded. Yet in this most recent gubernatorial election, the problem has not once been mentioned by front-runners Doug Ducey or Scott Smith.

It appears to be a non-issue. It’s most certainly easier to live with the illusion of limitless bounty and unconfined growth. Besides, harbingers don’t get votes.

Our failure to politically address such an immediate issue is also our failure to provide future generations with a habitable Arizona. Judge Crane McClennen’s decision to postpone a recent Sierra Vista housing development is a positive example of the steps legislators and citizens need to take to limit environmentally unethical development.

Leif Cristos

Student, Tucson

Local ads should get with the program

First it was the used car salesman screaming at us on the TV, now it’s the appliance salesman screaming at us.

For goodness sakes, Tucson advertising community — Is this the best you can do?

Thank goodness for the “previous channel” and “mute” button.

Stan Znamierowski

Retired, Green Valley