Smokers ruining it

for others at city parks

I was enjoying a run in Udall Park recently until I started inhaling the cigarette smoke of someone walking on the path.

Last year, at a Sabino Canyon Little League game my son was playing in, a relative of one of the kids was smoking in the bleachers. When one of the parents asked him to stop, the smoker cursed and continued smoking.

According to Tucson Parks and Recreation, there are no smoking restrictions in the outside areas of Tucson parks.

Are the mayor and City Council members aware that there are no smoking restrictions in our parks in areas where children play and adults recreate? Are they unconcerned or are they willing to defend this as good public policy?

Peter Gruenstein

Attorney, Tucson

Illegal voting isn’t

a significant problem

Re: the Nov. 19 article “Newspaper finds 34 cases of illegal voting since ’05.”

The Arizona Republic did citizens a service by investigating the incidence of voter fraud (a frequent Republican excuse for tough election laws) in Maricopa County from 2005 to 2013. Of the 34 charges (not convictions) of voting fraud, 53 percent (18) involved convicted felons. Arizona is one of 12 states with the most restrictive laws that prevent felons from having their voting rights restored, per ProCon.Org.

Two incidents were by undocumented residents. Are Arizona legislators willing to inconvenience the 3,124,712 registered voters, because 34 people (3.8 per year) were accused of breaking the law? Their restrictive election law is now on hold. Happily, Arizonans have an opportunity next November to void that law.

Sara Busey

Retired teacher, Green Valley

McCain is right: He’s the wrong senator

Re: the Nov. 26 article “McCain touches on health care, shutdown, F-35.”

As Sen. McCain so eloquently stated, perhaps we do have “the wrong senator” if we think — as the people who voted for him — that he should work for what is best for our state as well as for our country and defense.

Taking the time to support Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Arizona is exactly what he is in Washington to do.

He should remember who sent him there.

Pam Stuart

Retired, Tucson

Solar users sell credits at wholesale rate

Recent local and national news articles are covering the Arizona Corporation Commission decision over new fees to be imposed on residential solar power owners. Some of these articles imply or outright state that solar system owners sell excess power back to the utility at retail rates. This is factually untrue.

Excess solar power production is “banked” in KWH credits that are used over the course of the year by the solar owner. Once per year, any excess power credits remaining are repurchased by the utility at wholesale, not retail, rates. Forcing new solar owners to pay extra fees will remove any positive cost model for solar power and will kill the solar industry in Arizona, another blow to business in a solar-rich state.

Mark Cochran

Engineer, Tucson

Rosemont won’t be

a plus for Green Valley

I have lived in Green Valley for 18 years. Most of the mines in the Tucson area have been part of the landscape for many years and have had a negative impact on the land and the people due to the chemicals and dust.

Lots of jobs were created, but the Rosemont Mine will not produce the number of jobs that will benefit the area compared to the destruction caused. This will be another permanent scar to our community and continued loss to property values.

Patsy Brugler

Landowner, Green Valley