Letters to the editor

2013-12-03T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
December 03, 2013 12:00 am

Streetcar cost overrun is far from good news

Re: the Dec. 1 article “City needs to find $13M to completely fund streetcar.”

Sun Link co-manager Andrew Quigley said the $13 million amount is actually a testament to how effective the streetcar team was at executing the construction phase of the project. “I think it’s really good news … because it’s about half of what we anticipated,” he said.

To that I say, only a government employee could call an undisclosed, yet anticipated, cost overrun “really good news.” This is an admission of how our money is mishandled by the city in this man’s eye.

Bill Heath

Tucson

Website offers classes by major colleges

There have been a few letters to the editor about available lifelong learning opportunities, usually with a cost involved. I would like to mention a free online school that currently has more than 5 million students enrolled.

The website is coursera.org and visitors can choose from 543 courses of study from 107 major colleges and universities such as Duke, Princeton, Yale, Stanford and Georgia Tech.

Whatever your intellectual interest, Coursera may have a subject to get you away from the television for awhile. See you in class.

Robert Perez

Retired electrical engineer, Tucson

Rosemont Mine will leave big eyesore behind

Re: the Nov. 30 article “New report is a plus for Rosemont.”

Let me try to get this project sorted out. A natural resource of America will be removed from a beautiful site near Tucson by creating an enormous eyesore to profit a Canadian company — all the while creating dust, erosion, contamination, water loss and leaving behind a massive crater.

Raping the Earth to this extent is OK but using an off-highway vehicle is heavily restricted. How long should it take a reasonable person to see a flaw? When was the last time any mine project was really “cleaned up”? Google the Asarco mine while you ponder.

Jim Bob Morgan

Corporate pilot, Tucson

Politicians put spin

on health-care impact

“Spin” is usually thought of as a communication device that has been created by those people elected and sent to legislative bodies throughout our nation to explain their behavior. These people are commonly labeled “politicians.” But spin isn’t exclusively theirs. From the time each of us enters this world, we employ spin in one form or another. Facts suddenly are no longer facts. And too often, truth becomes situational.

So it’s only natural that some politicians would attempt to convince us that millions of insurance policies that were canceled in order to comply with the health care law were not canceled because of the law itself, since it did not specifically state that noncomplying policies were to be canceled. Go figure!

With the amount of spin that’s being applied to the impact of the law, is it any wonder that our collective psyche shows signs of schizophrenia? The treatment of which is likely to be covered in your policy regardless of the application of spin.

Don M. Weaver

Marketing consultant, Tucson

Bighorn sheep suffer during, after relocation

Re: the Nov. 17 article “30 animals to be released in Catalinas on Monday.”

The photograph of a captured bighorn sheep on the front page exposes the untold story of cruelty to wild animals. Bighorns are shot at, mugged, tranquilized, bound, stolen from their herd, probed, microchipped and relocated while a blind eye is turned by wildlife managers, environmentalists and the Daily Star.

The relocated sheep in the Catalinas will spend their lives imprisoned, tracked with intrusive technology and face unknown perils in a new land with invasive landlords. As many as 100 wild sheep will suffer this fate.

If enough sheep fall to predation by mountain lions, the landlords will wager when to start killing lions. Enough success by the sheep to adapt to life in the Catalinas will eventually be rewarded with hunting permits to kill bighorns.

The extirpation of the Catalina’s bighorn was a grievous loss caused by anthropocentric land management. I fail to see how this is any different.

Dwight Metzger

Printer, Tucson

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