Letters to the editor

2009-09-13T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
September 13, 2009 12:00 am

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Hot issues: From Sept. 5 to Sept. 11, the Star received 70 letters with a variety of responses to health-care reform including seven letters offended by audience disruptions at recent town-hall meetings on health care and six defending audience reactions. There were 31 letters supportive of Obama's education speech and critical of attempts to censor children from his speech (nine letters opposed the speech). Four letters were critical of the Star's choice of letters on Sept. 5 responding to the Sept. 4 article "Obama's school talk stirs furor."

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Make cuts, save the Star

For 20 years we have had the Arizona Daily Star delivered to our house. We love our daily newspaper. You have to cut expenses to survive in today's world. Cut two days a week. Any two — Tuesday and Wed-nesday — or any other two days. People will understand.

I went on a four-day work week in 1978— instead of six days. It was a Eureka moment. I changed so I could have more time to enjoy the great pleasures of New York City — museums, ballet, opera, theater and more.

A footnote: Afghanistan is an immense black hole — bad for Afghanistan and a disaster for the U.S.

Ruben Smith

Oro Valley

Children needed to hear speech

I am extremely disappointed with our community over the hijacking of an important event by the conservative faction in Arizona. Our children had the opportunity to listen to an educated, thoughtful adult who has reached the pinnacle of success without the advantage of a "silver spoon," and they missed out because of the typical, deliberate misinformation and fear-mongering on the part of a resentful portion of our society.

If this had been an incoherent speech by some over-paid athlete who dropped out of a fully paid scholarship, they would have thrown a ticker-tape parade and shown the broadcast throughout the schools.

Where are our values now?

Kathleen Ballou

Homemaker, Tucson

Don't educate the kids

I don't blame the Republicans for trying to keep the children from hearing President Obama's speech. If these kids stay in school and get an education, they might base their votes on facts instead of innuendo, misconceptions or falsehoods. Then what kind of an electorate would we have?

Sidney Hirsh

Tucson

Rosemont mine not about greed

Re: the Sept. 6 letter "Rosemont gains in 'Land of Many Uses.' "

The writer parrots two themes that opponents of the Rosemont mine routinely employ — "greed" and "out-of-town shareholders." The latter is a vacuous argument. Most businesses are owned by "out-of-town shareholders." If Augusta shares were owned by Tucsonans, there wouldn't be less opposition.

As for "greed," where is it? Development of a copper resource that the nation desperately needs? Creation of hundreds of jobs? Millions of dollars pumped into the local economy? Millions of dollars paid in taxes?

If the "greed" is perceived to be on the part of the investors, I must disagree. Augusta shareholders are investing millions of dollars at considerable risk.

If the mine ever becomes profitable, they should be compensated.

This is capitalism at work, and "capitalism" is not a bad word.

It is what has made America the greatest economic power in the world and given Americans our high standard of living.

Robert Johnson

Geologist, Tucson

Star should cover PCC football

I was disappointed to not see Pima College's football game covered by the Star last Saturday.

This is not the same team as in the past. This is a dedicated, talented and gutsy group of local players who among other things, made a goal-line stand that was as inspiring as anything I've seen in college football.

They deserve coverage. Tucson wants to see that coverage.

Ken Gardiner

Tucson

Cyclists grateful for kind motorist

We were biking on Oracle south of SaddleBrooke on Labor Day morning when a car pulled in front of us into the bike lane. He stopped, waved us around and said, "Rattlesnake!" as we passed by. Sure enough, there was a huge rattlesnake in the middle of the bike lane. Thank you very much to this thoughtful stranger who kept us from a potentially nasty situation!

Eliza Holland and Keri Silvyn

Tucson

A frightening toxic atmosphere

First the president of the United States was portrayed as a Muslim posing as a Christian. Then he was a foreigner posing as a citizen. Some say he can't be trusted to speak to our schoolchildren. Now a Baptist pastor in Tempe is praying for his death and preaching sermons to that effect.

It's one thing for us to disagree on health-care reform. But that's another issue — or is it? The atmosphere in which this disagreement is being aired has become so toxic that I am frightened by it.

When did we become such a malicious society, and where's the public alarm about it?

Marcia Traer

Tucson

Put hatred aside

Critics of President Bush or his policies were labeled unpatriotic and un-American. Large groups protesting the president where kept far away.

Critics of President Obama have risen to frightening levels. A protester carrying an assault rifle, a pastor praying for Obama's death, tea partiers, and radio and talk show pundits spewing words of hate and intolerance much like those coming from the radical Muslim clerics and terrorists whom we all condemn. If the displays of extreme hatred and lack of civility continue, we will get nothing accomplished – perhaps that is the goal.

The president and Democrats have handled a number of things stupidly, but I applaud efforts to deal with issues that have been ignored for eight years.

True patriots will find a way to work together on issues of health care, our national deficit, energy independence, climate change, creation of jobs and national security.

Kathy Krucker

Retired teacher, Tucson

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