Letters to the editor

2014-05-01T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
May 01, 2014 12:00 am

Opinion section should

show diversity of ideas

My last three letters to the editor were not published. I understand that is the discretion of the paper, but after reading Wednesday’s letters criticizing the Star for taking a “giant leap to the far right,” I am now wondering if my letters, even though I followed the guidelines for submission, were rejected because they criticized the political right.

I sadly thought newspapers were to report the news in an unbiased fashion and to print the opinions, regardless of which way they lean. Otherwise, why have an opinion section if only one slant is printed?

Susi Learn

Retired, Tucson

Op-Ed makeover

restores my faith

Count me as another fan of your new editorial balance. I have been forced to do a double take at the political cartoons reflecting criticism of our current administration.

Having been subjected to the liberal propaganda from Fitz for years, I found the vitriolic letters from your liberal customers to be laughable to say the least. My advice to them is to either read a differing opinion once in a while or just stick your head in the sand and believe that everyone has the same view of the world as you.

If you want everyone to have the same opinion and blindly follow one political vision, turn back the clock to 1930s-era Germany. Thanks again, Star. I have newfound faith in your newspaper.

Phil Martin

Retired, Vail

New beginning

is at hand in Sunnyside

I wanted to respond to the letter that Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo wrote to Sunnyside School District residents recently concerning corruption.

He seems very well-versed on the meaning of the word. Indeed, he and his school board majority have been accused of misconduct and wrongdoing concerning their oversight of the district in the community and the news media.

Now some are resorting to knocking down the political signs of the recall committee along with the signs of candidates seeking to replace current board members. The candidates are Eric Giffin, Beki Quintero and Mike Polak.

Our students, teachers, parents and taxpaying residents are looking for a good, bright beginning in the school district, and they’ll get it soon. The time has come for a new school board.

Ignacio Gomez

Backer of the recall committee

and former Sunnyside

school board member, Tucson

Fill Agua Caliente ponds

with reclaimed water

Re: the April 25 article “$1M bond sought to replenish dried-up Agua Caliente ponds.”

The city and county should work together and fill Agua Caliente ponds with reclaimed wastewater.

This water is currently flowing north from Tucson in the Santa Cruz river, providing little or no benefit to the city or county. The plan described in the article does not bring in a new source of water for the ponds, which obviously is sorely needed.

Filling the ponds with reclaimed water would also help recharge the aquifer underlying the ponds, which is badly depleted. Extending the reclaimed system to Agua Caliente would also provide opportunities for additional customers along the new pipeline route.

Bruce Billings

Retired professor of economics, Tucson

Officers deserve

sick-leave benefit

Enough is enough with the rant regarding sick leave. First of all, an officer has to be employed by the Tucson Police Department for 15 years to become eligible, and have accumulated 480 hours of unused sick time.

This benefit was set up many years ago by the city. This is nothing new. This money is not just “given” to these officers. They have earned it by coming to work every day and keeping this city safe.

If an officer takes a sick day, it could cost the city more money in overtime pay, as another officer has to fill in.

My husband spent 37 years in Arizona law enforcement before retiring. We need experienced officers to protect and keep us safe. The city found $500,000 for another paid holiday. Which is more important, keeping us safe or taking a holiday?

Linda Sanders

Retired, Tucson

If ‘IRS’ calls you,

it’s a scam

As many people do, I live in fear of having my identity stolen. Therefore, when I came home the other day and found a recording on my phone from someone who said he was from the Internal Revenue Service, and that they were investigating me for tax evasion, I became very apprehensive for a few minutes.

Then I remembered reading that the IRS does not make phone calls; they write letters. Those who make phone calls in the name of IRS are tax scammers. All they want is your Social Security number. And they get it by asking for it so that they can verify that you are the person they want to speak with. Once you give them that number, they hang up.

In my case, I went to the computer and there he was in voice mail, a transcript of the call. And with that, his home phone number. There was also an 888 number that I was supposed to call immediately to avoid arrest.

I am going to contact the IRS.

Vern Pall

Retired, Tucson

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