Fly US flag with respect for those who protect it

In honor of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day, many Tucsonans fly the flag. Please remember a few hints on this holiday when doing so:

First , make sure the flag is serviceable, i.e. not torn or faded.

Second, run the flag up to full staff then lower it to half staff until noon, at which time it goes up to full staff again.

Third, the flag should be flown from sun up to sun down (unless it’s lit after dark.)

If your flag is not serviceable, drop it off at any American Legion or VFW for proper disposal. Do not discard into trash. Remember, our flag stands for our freedom and pays respect to our country, our military, and our local heroes, the police and firefighters who protect and serve us.

The flag is a symbol of our country and all of us who call this our home. Fly it with the same respect we show those who protect it.

Dominick Porretto

USAF Retired, Tucson

Let’s discuss facts, issues, not the divide

How about ending this phony left versus right, liberal versus conservative, business once and for all?

How about discussing the issues?

There is a lot more community consensus when letter writers discuss — and reporters report on — issues on the basis of relevant facts rather than attempting to jam those facts into some divide and conquer category or smear those who interpret them differently with labels like socialist or fascist.

Those who really do follow the news (insofar as this is possible) realize that traditional political labels like “Democrat” and “Republican” have pretty much lost all meaning — along with the utterances of politicians in favor of or opposed to whatever attempt to deal with those issues becomes the law of the land or the policy of government.

This false divide allows politicians to evade both real issues and the consequences of selling out the people’s interest to the private party offering the highest bid.

Steven Lesh

Retired, Tucson

The lesson: Higher taxes mean higher prices

Re: the May 12 letter to the editor “Renters already pay property taxes.”

The lesson here is we all pay taxes when we buy any product or service.

Corporations pass on their property, payroll, excise and corporate income taxes to their customers in the form of higher prices. Unincorporated businesses such as sole proprietors, partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) pass on their owners’ individual income taxes.

Even nonprofits have to pass on their property and payroll taxes. Higher taxes cause higher prices.

Douglas R. Holm

CPA, Tucson

US border spending, priorities are shameful

Re: the May 10 article “Humanitarian group prevents BP’s search of Arivaca camp.”

What a shame that a fraction of the money spent on border “security” is not spent in working with the American Friends Service Committee, LDS outreach, the Mennonite foreign aid sector or any worthy organization already working in Mexico to create plants along the Border that pay fair wages and do not exploit workers as did the maquiladoras.

Products from recycling might be one good option.

What a shame that a useless, ugly wall mars our border and blocks the natural migration of wildlife.

What a shame that the failed War on Drugs creates the incentive for cartels to ravage Mexico and terrorize the people who could quite justly be considered seekers of asylum as well as jobs.

Prohibition spawned racketeering and organized crime. Supplying United States’ users with drugs has hurt ordinary Mexican people much more than it’s hurt us. What a shame to us.

Viva Byrd Baylor!

Jeanne Williams

Writer, Portal

Thanks for article

on Sunnyside nurses

Re: the May 10 article “Providing ‘whatever they need’ is task of public school nurse.”

Thank you for publishing the article about the Sunnyside school nurse. I was a pediatrician at the El Rio Community Center’s school-based health clinic from 2002 to 2006 and worked closely with the school nurses providing care for the Sunnyside community.

I can attest to how hard these nurses work and how dedicated they are to their students. The school nurses have several hundred children on each of their campuses, many of whom have high needs and few resources.

The nurses are often the main source of medical care and take responsibility for managing multiple health and behavioral issues.

Thirty-three sick visits is a brisk day in a pediatrician’s office, where there are other medical assistants who can help.

The Sunnyside school nurses are phenomenal resources in the district and deserve recognition for their compassion and dedication.

Eliza Holland

Pediatrician, Tucson