Don't mess with 'Old Pueblo'
Re: the July 7 article "Doing away with the 'Old.' "
As a former businesswoman and owner of the El Rio Market for 25 years, I am totally opposed to changing our moniker, Old Pueblo or Pueblo Viejo. It corresponds to the founding of Tucson on Aug. 20, 1775. The Old Pueblo speaks to culture and tradition. It is akin to closing a business deal with a handshake.
If the Tucson Metro Chamber wishes to change the connotation of "old," it should launch a grass-roots effort and change the Grand "Old" Party to the Grand "New" Party.
Velia J. Morelos
TUSD's Sanchez lacks teaching experience
As a retired high school teacher I am frustrated and saddened - but not surprised - that the TUSD board has hired a superintendent who has only three or four years of classroom experience, depending on how one reads the school calendar.
Mr. Sanchez's ultimate responsibility as superintendent is to attract and retain high-quality classroom teachers, and I guarantee he was not one in that short time. How does a person who has no idea of what characteristics determine a quality classroom teacher recognize, retain and reward them?
The answer for Sanchez, like most of the career-ladder climbing administrators I worked for in my career is, they can't.
Retired teacher, Tucson
A little effort helps those with hearing loss
Re: the July 2 letter to the editor "Nothing funny about hearing loss."
The veteran with the hearing loss bemoans the fact people do not know how to make themselves understood when talking to us who have a hearing impairment.
Let me educate those who want to learn.
First get our attention by calling our name or touching us on the shoulder or forearm. Then look directly at us while speaking slowly and distinctly and increasing the volume only a little. It helps if the speaker is not chewing gum or has their mouth full of food.
Those of us with a hearing impairment want to understand and appreciate those who make the extra effort.
John T. Clymer
Our future depends on community input
Re: the June 30 article "Tucson may see another interstate."
The article stated Imagine Greater Tucson had "identified distribution and logistics as a high-priority industry to recruit." We should clarify.
Tucson is positioned to become a major international port and transportation hub, linking the port in Guaymas, Mexico, to markets across the continent. This potential is discussed in Pima County's economic plan and the draft of Plan Tucson. It is also a pillar of TREO's (Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities) economic blueprint. This economic potential can only happen if we make significant changes in our transportation infrastructure, presenting us with choices and trade-offs that will affect our region for decades.
Imagine Greater Tucson seeks community input on this development, its benefits and costs, ensuring that whatever decision our community makes is consistent with our vision and values. While we agree that Southern Arizona has a significant opportunity, the decision to pursue it lies with the community, not IGT.
Executive director, Imagine Greater Tucson
Real freeloaders can be found in Washington
I've heard many politicians complain about people who do no work and expect the nanny state to care for them. I agree that this is a problem.
In Washington, D.C., there are several hundred people who fit this category. They call themselves senators and representatives. They spend their days sitting around and arguing, doing no constructive work and expect a fat welfare check at the end of the month.
In addition, they have the best health insurance money can buy and a free clinic in the Capitol building. The taxpayer even pays for their morning coffee. They travel around the world and call it "fact-finding." Then when they tire of the Washington scene they retire from doing nothing and receive full pay for again doing nothing.
The rest of us have to work for a living and really can't afford to support these freeloaders any longer.
Don and Alberta Gunther
It's easy to confuse a Democrat
Re: the July 4 letter to the editor "Most voters are wise to congressional GOP."
The letter proved what I've always said about a Democrat: when you want to confuse one, just give him facts. That'll do it. Works every time.
What would the writer have said if these latest injustices had occurred during a Republican administration?
Grand Canyon U. vs. Rosemont mine
Judging from the full-page ad in last Sunday's Daily Star, I see that many business leaders feel the Rosemont mine would be a good thing for Tucson. It makes one wonder why they didn't feel the same way about the Grand Canyon University, which would have been a dynamic addition to downtown.