Dean an outstanding educator, will be missed

Re: the Jan. 30 article “PCC nursing dean resigns amid drug claims.”

As a faculty member of the nursing department at Pima Community College, I have not encountered any of the allegations raised against Marty Mayhew. As the academic dean of nursing and health-related education, Mayhew had the responsibility of ensuring these programs provide the community with quality health-care professionals and that they are operating efficiently and effectively.

At times change is needed to continue to meet the needs of the students, program and community. Not all individuals respond positively to change. As dean, Mayhew tried to establish collegial relationships with the faculty and staff by discussing concerns, as opposed to reprimanding individuals.

She acted with integrity and professionalism, even in difficult situations. She was open to hearing new ideas or alternative viewpoints. Decisions were made in the best interest of the programs.

Mayhew’s ultimate goal focused on improving program outcomes for the benefit of the students and the programs. She is an outstanding nurse, educator and leader who will be missed by many.

Kathryn Challenger


Brewer’s budget cuts started CPS’ problems

Re: the Jan. 31 article “$6.8M more to protect kids gets final OK; Brewer likely to sign.”

Can someone please explain to me how Gov. Jan Brewer gets credit for this program. Isn’t she the one who gutted Child Protective Services several years ago when the recession hit?

My understanding back then was that approximately 190 case workers were laid off. Those who remained were then expected to pick up the extra caseloads. Now we hear about 10,000 cases that need to be addressed.

This is shameful, especially in the wake of the deaths of several kids. But go ahead, Governor, bask in the glory of another problem solved.

Danielle Griffin

Retired, Oro Valley

Bill Walton is no Dennis Miller

Re: the Jan. 29 article “Unlikely broadcast duo Pasch, Walton swear they get along.”

You have got to be kidding! The only people I know who appreciate Bill Walton as an announcer are the radio stations that broadcast the games, because every game he announces more and more viewers are shutting down the audio on their televisions and listening to the radio. And comparing him to Dennis Miller? Miller is witty. Walton is just incongruous.

Kandy Clinkingbeard

Librarian, Tucson

Star’s Rosemont endorsement premature

Re: the Jan. 19 editorial “Time to move ahead, let Rosemont be built.”

I feel your endorsement is premature in that the environmental issues have not been met. But this is what gets my goat:

1. Rosemont will pay no severance tax on the minerals ripped from our public lands. Canada charges a 15 percent severance tax. Why shouldn’t we?

2. Canada doesn’t tax proceeds from foreign mining ventures. By paying their Canadian parent a management fee, they could avoid a major portion of their U.S. corporate tax.

3. Since we have lost most of our smelting, and therefore most of our refining, fabrication and finishing jobs for copper, our labor adds about 10 percent value to the labor component of a pound of copper. Ninety percent comes from overseas labor forces. Why do we need jobs in this country when we’re so willing to give them away for free?

4. Rosemont will do some minor revegetation and contouring. Hopefully, bonding for closure will be enough so we aren’t stuck with that cost after giving away our resources.

Duncan Creed

Retired engineer of mines,

Green Valley

Opposition to mine not based on facts

Re: the Jan. 19 editorial “Time to move ahead, let Rosemont be built.”

As an ecologist, I can assure Arizonans that much of the opposition to the Rosemont mine is not based on facts. There really is a shortage of copper and there are only three or four regions where it can be mined.

There are millions of acres of landscape almost exactly like the few hundred acres the mine will alter. There are no endangered species of any kind that depend on the habitat there now for their survival. A hole full of toxic water will be present during operations, but if the plan so directs, that hole will be filled in with the overburden and its surface revegetated before operations cease.

The toxic lake below our water table cannot pollute the groundwater we use. The scar in the landscape may not even be visible from a distance, depending on lines of sight. No copper means no cell phones. Shall we send the economic benefits to Chile just to preserve a nondescript, noncritical Arizona landscape?

David P. Vernon

Independent management