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What would you do with $10,000 if you were a group of fraternity men at the University of Arizona? Have a luau? Schedule a trip to Mexico? Buy tickets to a football game?

The men of the University of Arizona’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) decided to give it to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. They did their homework. They realized that interpersonal violence affects all of them in many ways. So, beginning in 2011, fraternity members presented Emerge! a gift from their yearly membership drive. Support now totals more than $34,000. Members volunteer for Emerge! and Emerge! offers training to them. (We believe this collaboration is unique in the country.)

Emerge! is very grateful for the financial support from the IFC, but we are even more thankful for these fine young people who are doing an amazing and unexpected thing to help end domestic abuse.

Ed Mercurio-Sakwa

CEO, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse

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It is fairly obvious that the current president does not understand that once elected he became president of the United States not president of the Democratic Party. He has become a constant campaigner out speaking to his choir, relishing the cheers and applause rather than staying at home and leading.

Professing a willingness to negotiate with anyone about anything and then putting a stake in the ground by declaring “no concessions” is not negotiating but rather a demonstration of an ideology driven intransigence. Unfortunately this stake seems firmly embedded, unlike his “red line.”

But what can be expected from someone with such a sparse resume? This president is the ultimate example of a mistake made by voters. The majority hired an amateur and believed that on the job training would result in a president. The results have proven them wrong.

Leadership is far more than eloquence in reading a teleprompter.

Bill Frasca

Retired, Oro Valley

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Re: the Oct. 9 article “First confirmed flu case of season found in county.”

With the first case of the flu reported in Pima Country, the importance of pushing vaccines to those who are not yet vaccinated is even more important. Around the University of Arizona I hear excuse after excuse of why to say no to the flu vaccine: “It makes you sick,” “I don’t have time,” “If kids and older people are getting vaccinated why do I need to be vaccinated?”

The importance of the vaccine is not stressed enough. Vaccines keep us all safe, especially the more vulnerable members of the community. Just because a strong, healthy college student may be able to fight off the flu, the senior citizen that they encounter at the grocery store may not be. In order to encourage more college-aged students to receive the vaccine, the university needs to advertise more heavily. There are vaccinations available from Campus Health and at other locations on select dates but students need to be made aware of the importance of attending.

Alysha Ramirez

UA graduate student, Tucson

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Re: the Sept. 15 guest column “Rethink Grant Road widening; upgrade intersections first.”

I live along the Grant Road corridor and totally disagree with the idea of any further delays for the widening. The project, like all of the Regional Transportation Authority’s undertakings, has been “meetinged-to-death.” For the last 60 years, the city has been behind in road construction by 20 years. This is partially due to delay/stop tactics by various special interest groups. Tucson is no longer a desert backwater, though some would like to keep it as such. Get on with it! Perhaps in 40 years we will only be 10 years behind in road building projects. Also, clover leafs on the freeways would speed up traffic considerably.

Robert Joyner

Retired, Tucson

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Re: the Sept. 26 column “Customer dis-service is still the national trend.”

I suspect that Esther Cepeda does not live in Tucson, or she would not have written the column regarding poor service. As a resident of Tucson for 18 years, I feel I must commend the citizens of our city. My husband and I have found with very little exception that people who deal with the public in this city are courteous, helpful and polite. We find this to be true in restaurants, the bank, grocery store and doctors offices, just to name a few. We do agree that in order to land a good job people must have integrity and a strong work ethic, but we have not found that lacking in this City.

Mary Herrschaft

Retired, Tucson