AZ pension managers’

bonuses are SOP

Re: Nov. 24 article “Bonuses up to $48,000 are OK’d for 10 AZ pension managers.”

Four members of the Arizona State Retirement System have decided that they must bribe pension managers to do their job, to dangle a carrot in front of present and future pension managers to get them to perform according to their job descriptions.

Well, why not? It’s only what Wall Street and the CEOs of big corporations have been doing for themselves for years.

Eileen Dudley

Retired, Pima County, Tucson

El Tour was a delight despite the rain, cold

Coming from a rainy climate in Vancouver, British Columbia,

I came down for a nice sunny ride in El Tour de Tucson 2013.

While the weather didn’t cooperate, the people of Tucson made the day a great event! Unfortunately, a pothole ended my day early, but a kind helping hand sorted me out, and I am thankful for that. I will be back in 2014 (but I do hope for some sun next time!)

Michael Copland

Medical doctor, North Vancouver

Compare WWII ramp-up

with health website

With all that has been written and aired about the abysmal failure of the Obamacare website, here is an interesting bit of trivia. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. government mustered, trained and equipped millions of fighting men and women, then delivered them to fighting fronts all over the world.

It designed and manufactured tanks, planes and other equipment by the millions. This “Arsenal of Democracy” also aided and equipped many allies. The U.S. defeated several formidable adversaries. This all took about three and a half years.

The current government has been unable to design a working website in about the same time. Says something about leadership, doesn’t it?

Richard Gallimore

Retired civil engineer, SaddleBrooke

Obama’s ‘apology’ fell short

Re: the Nov. 8 article “Obama apologizes for lost insurance.”

Apology? You call that an apology? POTUS, you have lost it. When are you going to get around to apologizing for the Benghazi, IRS and spying fiascoes? Transparent government? Hah! And Fitzsimmons ... your Nov. 8 editorial cartoon was more fact than you’ll ever know.

Charles Shero

Retired law enforcement, Tucson

Be compassionate

to families in recovery

Re: the Nov. 10 column “Sober, he helps addicts become dads to their kids.”

Columnist Tim Steller’s portrait of Andy Mendoza was both a beautifully written piece and an authentic look into the devastation — and redemption — that can accompany drug and alcohol addiction. As in Andy’s life, when children are exposed to parental addiction, the chances that they will grow up to abuse drugs and alcohol rise significantly.

At Pima County Juvenile Court we work hard to provide support to the whole family throughout the parent’s treatment and the children’s journey through foster care, to break the generational cycle of addiction. There is much our community can do to help all of our children develop the resilience that may make the difference.

Be part of a child’s “village,” support programs and agencies that promote nurturing and child-development education, volunteer to mentor a child or volunteer to become a court- appointed special advocate, and most of all, be compassionate and understanding of parents who are fighting hard for their recovery. They may one day be helping others and saving lives, like Andy.

Chris Swenson-Smith

Division director, Pima County Juvenile Court, Tucson

Solar surcharge

doesn’t make sense

Re: the Nov. 15 article “Regulators OK lower fee on APS solar systems.”

Now that the Arizona Corporation Commission has granted the APS request to impose a surcharge on solar customers (albeit at a lower level than APS had asked for), the next steps would be to allow water companies to impose a surcharge on customers who install water-harvesting measures and to allow gas companies to impose a surcharge on customers who improve the insulation in their homes.

Wouldn’t it be better to separate the access cost to a utility (electricity, water, gas) from charges for actual consumption? That would spread the overhead among all users, and reward users who take steps to economize.

Gerard Ervin

Retired, Tucson

University High

a beloved institution

RE: the Nov. 13 article “UHS to remain tied to Rincon, for now.”

Reading about the Tucson Unified School District’s decision to keep University High School on a shared campus indefinitely, it gives me pause for thought. I loved my four years at UHS. It taught me how to optimize solar oven dimensions with calculus, and how finger puppets are sometimes necessary to appreciate “Hamlet.” It taught me how to cheer at volleyball games until I lost my voice. It taught me to think critically, to laugh often. I hope TUSD can learn to love this special place as much as I did.

Elena Bauer

Student, Stanford University