Soccer helps fill purposeless lives

Re: the July 14 column “There are far better options when seeking sports kicks.”

I must take issue with Andrew G. Biggs’ editorial where he disparages soccer-watchers. As America’s economy becomes moribund and as citizens become numb at what the government is doing to them, watching soccer will increase in this country.

Soccer fulfills a need: Some have to watch soccer, curling, TV sitcoms and other inane spectacles to fill up their purposeless lives. I hope Biggs will rethink his negative comments about this sport.

Jim Douthit

Retired/football watcher, Tucson

Naysayers should consider Shaw quote

The Republican zeal to sue President Obama for doing his job brings to mind this quote:

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — George Bernard Shaw

Richard Ramette

Retired, Green Valley

Star becoming local People magazine

The Star of the Left (alias the Arizona Daily Star) was beginning to tilt toward balance, so the corporate bosses had to remove the guy in charge and replace him with someone with the right (read that “left”) direction. Example: Guest columnist replacing George Will, who is on vacation, writes a tirade against U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.

Just a couple of days under the new guy and already it’s becoming a local People magazine crossed with MSNBC. Oh well, the Star still keeps sudoku, but probably that will have to go because so many folks just can’t do the hard ones.

Chuck Josephson

Retired, Tucson

Treat, feed, keep kids safe, healthy

Re: the July 17 letter “Migrants indeed pose health concerns.”

With regard to health concerns of Border Patrol agents becoming ill after working in “closed and cramped environments” called detention centers. Why are the children placed in these unhealthy places? These children should be examined and treated if they need treatment. They should be housed in safe, clean facilities. They should be fed healthy food. Whether deported or reunited with their families, they would be in better shape than when they arrived and leave with an appreciative attitude of our country.

The episode in Oracle reminded me of the ugly adults shouting at the little black children in the South going for the first time to an integrated school. That was not a proud moment for America.

Sandra Bunker

Retired, Tucson

UA smoking ban limits freedom

Re: July 18 story “UA might forbid all tobacco products.”

I don’t smoke. Banning outdoor tobacco use at the University of Arizona would not affect me. I am nonetheless appalled at the seemingly uncritical acceptance of the proposal.

Contrary to the claim, there is no public health justification for a ban. Smoking cigarettes on the UA’s wide-open spaces affects only the smokers’ health. That is even more true for other tobacco products.

The proposal represents nothing but holier-than-thou-ery coupled with shocking indifference to smokers’ “right to be let alone.” If you claim a smoker on the mall bothers you, step a few feet away; don’t force the last few, poor, benighted smokers to trudge to the campus boundaries.

It is sad the Star either could not find or chose not to publish the pro-freedom point of view — that people have a right to engage in self-regarding behavior even if the majority would make another choice. Isn’t that what we are always told about personal autonomy and the choice to have an abortion?

Peter Strong

Retired lawyer, pack-a-lifetime smoker, Tucson

Consult architect before ruining views

Re: the July 18 guest opinion “Poorly designed solar installations equal visual blight.”

Amen to Chris Evans’ guest opinion. TUSD is in the process of installing industrial-size solar arrays at 42 schools in the district. TUSD took no heed of the residential areas it might impact. TUSD downed trees, ruined views and created major urban blight, thereby lowering property values of taxpayers in the vicinity.

Perhaps TUSD should have consulted someone like you, an architect who cares about the whole picture.

Miriam Lippel

Freelance writer, Tucson