4 PCC board members must step down

Re: the March 24 article "Poetry, love songs and retribution."

Thanks to the Arizona Daily Star for exposing the despicable Roy Flores, who preyed on his female employees.

This stain on Pima Community College rests squarely on the board of directors in two ways: one, the board failed to adequately investigate his previous actions before hiring him; and two, which is even worse, it failed to monitor and follow up on Flores' egregious actions with the women in his employment.

This board belongs in a special Hall of Fame shared with members of the Catholic hierarchy who failed to remove abusive priests and Penn State for its failure to act with its football staff.

Sadly, due to its inaction PCC may lose accreditation. This will impact the thousands of students who invested precious dollars and time to advance their careers.

To remove this cancer, board member Marty Cortez, Scott Stewart, Brenda Even and David Longoria should step down and be replaced with a no-nonsense board of governance.

Keith McLeod

Business consultant, Tucson

Letter writer fails logic test

Re: the March 22 letter to the editor "What left leaves out makes a difference."

Thanks to the letter writer for pointing out cigarette smoking and gunshot injuries are not a component of this nation's health care, thus any study comparing our health outcomes to others is flawed. That takes a moment to consider prior to laughing.

Then she exhibits the bankruptcy of her position. "Moving everyone in the country to an inferior system with no choices serves the interest of no one."


The "system" did not suddenly become inferior because my kids are allowed to stay on my policy longer.

What Obamacare does is move everyone from the emergency room to the doctor's office, which reduces costs. Taking care of people before they need the emergency room should be a no-brainer. Reward for outcome rather than billables makes our health care better, not worse.

When it comes to the right, it seems any more, perhaps we should all just stop listening altogether.

Tim Briggs

Travel agent, Tucson

Streets much safer thanks to cameras

Having recently returned to Tucson after a 10-year absence, one of the first changes I noticed was the large decrease in the number of cars running red lights.

Before I left this was an epidemic, and I remember being stunned not only by the frequency with which it took place, but by the audacity and recklessness of such drivers.

While having cameras may remind one of Orwell's "1984," I believe the streets are much safer. And now that my children are young adult drivers, I am relieved by the action the city has taken to curb this problem.

Janet Sabb

ESL teacher, Tucson

PCC should recommit to its founding aims

Somewhere we have lost the direction established by the Pima Community College founders.

The establishing philosophy was to create an education institution where students or wannabe students could pursue education in the discipline of their choosing.

It was to serve everyone who wished to better their lives, improve understanding, advance their skills or retrain. It was the steppingstone for the ordinary person who wished to continue their education, whether for a GED or to bridge the chasm between high school and university.

Early on, people who lacked a background in a discipline or required remediation to better understand were the prime users. Efforts were begun to crosswalk curricula, look at applied math and science, articulate programs and grant dual enrollment that gave kids a leg up on careers and/or postsecondary education.

It appears that the board and chancellor abandoned the establishing philosophy of the founders. This whole process should be redirected in order to return to the reason for which PCC was founded.

Perhaps the creation of an ad hoc committee might be convened to sort out this sordid mess.

Alex Jacome

Retired, Tucson

'Mission accomplished' message bitterly ironic

Re: the March 23 letter to the editor "Accomplished mission wasn't the war."

One may argue that the banners proclaimed "Mission Accomplished" to celebrate a return from duty. But the irony of the moment is not lost on many Americans, who saw their president's aircraft carrier landing for what it was - a self-congratulatory strut. Playing the royal fool, he had just induced a very capable military to destroy the small army and the infrastructure of a small nation. That nation's many diverse people were at that very moment struggling to save their families from the ruins that were left to them.

Since then the U.S. has committed trillions of dollars and thousands of lives towards fixing what was accomplished on that day. Despite the honest efforts of the aircraft carrier's crew, their president had led them on a fool's errand and the Iraqi people were to face hundreds of thousands of more deaths resulting from what he, with congressional abdication, had accomplished.

There is too much bitter irony there not to recognize it.

Roger Barthelson

Bioinformatics analyst, Tucson