US wildlife agency ‘overlooks’ real science

Re: the Aug. 17 article “Warning of harm to jaguar taken out of mine study.”

Regarding endangered jaguars and Rosemont Mine, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is poised to make a tragic error. While service field biologists determined Rosemont would harm or kill jaguars, revelations by the Star show field findings were “overruled,” giving the go-ahead to the Rosemont Mine.

Moreover, explanations given by that supervisor, Steve Spangle, as to why they were overruled are weak, contradictory and smack of politics, once again dangerously undermining the science of species recovery.

I’ve served for years on various endangered species teams, including this jaguar team. I can say with confidence the administration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — at the highest levels in Washington — demonstrates an unsettling trend.

The agency is granted the public trust to keep from extinction a host of imperiled species. Yet, too often they conveniently “overlook” and “overrule” biology and science and give the go-ahead to questionable developments. It’s their job to stop extinction. They need to do it. America is losing trust.

Scotty Johnson

Ecologist/writer, Tucson

What’s all the fuss over 1 jaguar?

The Star devotes an entire page to inform its readers that scores of publicly paid employees and others are seriously concerned that one lone jaguar, freely roaming over an incredibly large area of Southern Arizona, may be too stupid to avoid the proposed Rosemont Mine region, thus endangering himself? Someone please tell me I’ve got this wrong.

Geoffrey Fox

Retired, Tucson

The real reason for reintroducing bighorns

Some Tucsonans still don’t know the real purpose of the reintroduction of bighorn sheep into Pusch Wilderness. The point was made that bringing back this iconic animal will restore the natural history of the area. So we can tell visitors “There are bighorn sheep up there.”

The program administrator is Arizona Game and Fish and an advisory committee of seemingly nature friendly groups like Center for Biological Diversity, Sky Island Alliance, the Wilderness Society and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition.

But also on the committee is the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society. Its website features an upcoming clinic for bighorn sheep hunters. Make no mistake. The end purpose of this reintroduction is so that in a few years these sheep can be hunted. So that majestic set of horns that once graced the mountains can now hang on some den wall.

Greg Hale

Business owner, Tucson

In Ferguson, 2 wrongs don’t make a right

With deep sadness, over the weekend I watched the continued violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Violence begets violence. I do not see this as a black and white issue, but rather a disheartening acceptance of the escalating violence and hatred in our country.

There is no way to justify the continued violence and burning and looting of property in Missouri. Two wrongs never, ever make a right. I wish all of the people of Ferguson peace, and soon. It is a sad reflection of our humanity.

Carol Ann Hayden

Receptionist, Tucson

Fitz cartoon was too racist, divisive

Re: the Aug. 19 Fitzimmons cartoon.

Fitz’s cartoon was a study in pure racism. The African Americans with hands in the air, including the president, demonstrated a narrative that has not been proven in the Ferguson, Missouri, fracas. Demands for equal treatment by a dark-skinned demonstrator is in the background. “Driving while black” was not the stated problem, walking in the middle of the street obstructing traffic was.

“Governing while Black in Washington” repeats the Democratic line that any difference of opinion with the President’s policy is race-based.

Finally, the peace officer from Washington spouting Southern speech and calling the president “boy” while threatening impeachment, marks the figure as being the Republican-controlled House of Representatives differing with and threatening the president on a racial basis.

The cartoon could hardly have been more blatantly racist and divisive at a time when calmness and clarity are most needed.

Richard Switzer

Retired, Tucson

Kind strangers stepped in when funds ran short

I wanted so much to thank the wonderful mother and daughter for buying dinner for my family at the Tucson Marketplace Wal-Mart on Park Avenue and 36th Street.

I thought I had enough funds in my account to buy dinner, then I realized I only had a small amount. I told the cashier to forget the purchase since I didn’t have enough.

I walked away, when I heard a beautiful girl calling me and handing me my food. She told me her mother purchased the food for me. I was so surprised by the generous offer, I thanked the girl and her mother from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so very much. May God bless you and your wonderful family.

Sonia Heindel

Homemaker, Tucson

Please return

daily horoscopes

I see that the horoscopes have been obviously removed from the daily newspaper. On Tuesday, many letters were written to the editor about the bridge column.

I haven’t seen any about the horoscopes, but I can’t be the only one missing them. I’m seriously considering dropping the paper after many, many years as a subscriber. I would appreciate it returning to the daily paper.

Loree Collins

Sales clerk, Tucson