Letters to the editor

2014-02-17T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
February 17, 2014 12:00 am

Dump George Will, who

flaunts his erudition

Re: the Feb. 13 column “An unhealthy longing to know one’s place.”

Egad, how much longer must we be exposed to the pompous, pedantic writings of columnist George F. Will? I know, I know, I don’t have to read his stuff, but I am so embarrassed for him by his literary arrogance that I feel compelled to comment.

In his recent column he says, “It is fitting that PBS offers ‘Downton Abbey’ to its disproportionately progressive audience. This series is a languid appreciation of a class structure supposedly tempered by the paternalism of the privileged. And if progressivism prevails, America will be Downton Abbey. ...”

Oh, please, will someone translate that thought for me? So, as one who reads the op-ed pages, I would appreciate your finding a replacement for George F. Will so we no longer must suffer the flaunting of his erudition.

Ted Reynolds

Retired, Oro Valley

Rosemont’s promises must be in writing

Re: the Feb. 11 article “Rosemont parent gets offer for takeover.”

As big corporations are oftentimes gobbled up by even bigger corporations, I cannot help but wonder what is in the cards regarding the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine.

If and when all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed and the mine becomes a reality, will the new owners be obligated to honor previous mitigation/restoration promises? As the old saying goes, get it in writing.

Paula Sherrick

Retired, Tucson

We need Rosemont,

but politicians stall

Re: the Feb. 5 article “Supes OK formal Rosemont objection.”

The constant stall tactics taken by the politicians are starting to look like they want someone to pay them for their approval.

How can our elected officials be so against having the cleanest mining operation in the world that will provide millions of tax dollars to Tucson, Pima County, Arizona and the United States? The people who elected them need jobs now.

James Buchanan

Retired, Tucson

Star’s endorsement

of mine is horrifying

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

I am horrified that the Star has endorsed the Rosemont Copper proposal to plunder Pima County’s Santa Rita Mountains.

Anyone who’s ever been to Ajo, San Manuel, Bisbee or the end of Mission Road in Green Valley can see that the environmental mitigation of copper mining is unacceptable. Look up the 1984 Duval Mine closure for the future forecast of mining jobs in Pima County.

Cynthia Duncan

Accountant, Tucson

Fitz’s column sounds

like he’s stoned

Re: the Feb. 8 column “Corny comedians invade the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.”

Concerning David Fitzsimmons’ recent column: Was he stoned when he wrote that? If not, let’s do it now.

David W. Lazaroff

Writer, Tucson

Ticket jaywalkers, texters on Grant Road

I travel on Grant Road two nights a week, and I have given up counting how many pedestrians I see crossing the street and not even looking up while texting/gaming on their phones.

People cross the street in the middle of a block (with no pedestrian crossing) wearing black clothes or ride on unlit bikes. I am not blaming it all on the pedestrians because I also see drivers on their phones, looking at a text in their lap or not paying attention on these streets as well. The dimly lit Tucson streets also do not help.

Grant needs a police presence, especially between Campbell and Craycroft at night, until these problems get fixed. Ticket both pedestrians and drivers alike. Enforce jaywalking and texting laws.

Maybe if they know someone is watching, they will change their behavior patterns.

Candace Staar

Retired, Tucson

Tell lawmakers to back

public education

I have been a teacher in Tucson for four years. Before that I owned a business for 25. I like my job now and I like my kids.

As a public school teacher I beg intelligent people to please stand up now and tell state legislators to support public education. Why tea-party animosity towards public education? Good question.

For one the money has to be accounted for, it is much more than a business. Is that true with charters, no. Schools as engines for profit. Music programs in charters, no. Sports, no. drama, no. Special ed programs and support for those that need a little help, no.

The money in charters really escapes scrutiny and those running them can make serious money.

State school superintendent John Huppenthal is sending automated messages telling people about a program that essentially encourages them leaving public schools for charter schools. Let Huppenthal’s office know schools are more than profit machines.

Robert Johnson

Teacher, Tucson

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