Raising minimum wage is flawed thinking

Re: the Dec. 13 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

Fitz may be a great cartoonist, but he has no understanding of economics. He almost got it right when he showed executives must give up their pay for the least productive among us to have a pay increase. Except it’s not executives who will earn less. They are necessary to keep business moving forward.

The minimum-wage increase will be passed back to the consumer; technology will replace the low-wage employee, or the employer will make do with fewer employees. Any minimum-wage increase means the employer will need to raise pay for all remaining employees. If you’re a leftie and think this increase goes back into the economy and we all benefit, then keep your head in the sand.

Patricia Cowan

Retired, Tucson

Many cyclists persist in riding abreast

I travel Rancho Vistoso Boulevard a great deal, and I am continually seeing cyclists riding three or four abreast, encroaching on the car lanes. They weave in and out and are oblivious to the automobile traffic on the road.

There are many riders who do not observe stop signs, red lights or turn-lane arrows. If it weren’t for the defensive drivers out there, there would be more accidents than there are.

If a cyclist chooses to ride with a partner, then they need to go single file, the width of the bike lane, and do their visiting at a designated stopping point, not ride three or four abreast and carry on a conversation.



Retired educator, Tucson

City has deteriorated into vile place

Born and raised in Tucson I’ve seen the city deteriorate into a cesspool of poverty and crime. The city is controlled by gangs and cartels where drug and human smugglers thrive while the police chief focuses on traffic tickets. Arrest warrants go unserved while the news details another murder or shooting. Jobs are scarce as more businesses close. The mayor thinks we need to remodel the Convention Center to attract high tech businesses.

The focus should be on the dysfunctional community college and our district’s failing schools. Tucson wastes millions on trolley cars that require more millions to cover operating losses. Prospective business owners leave the airport to encounter Valencia and other awful streets, and observe the trash and weed-littered medians. Davis-Monthan will be gone soon due to lack of support and whacko environmentalist protests. These issues won’t be fixed because millions more are needed each year to fund crazy city pensions.

James Broome


Grateful for family, friends, Giffords, Kelly

I am giving thanks this holiday season for family, friends, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. The awesome shuttle Endeavor flyover was just one of many wonderful gestures Mark and Gabby have done for Tucson. I’m happy to live in the same community with such great citizens.

Sherry Hagenah

Small-business owner, Tucson

Personal tie to school in Lochiel noted

Re: the Nov. 30 article “Volunteers renovate over-century-old Lochiel Schoolhouse.”

My mother, Elizabeth Allen Olsen, was the last teacher at the Lochiel School. She taught there twice, first in 1961-62 and again in 1971-72. She had to stop teaching in the middle of the school year because of major surgery. Rather than try to find another teacher midyear, the school board closed the school, and the children were transferred to Patagonia elementary school.

At the time, the border crossing at Lochiel was open and locals crossed freely to visit friends and relatives in Santa Cruz, Cananea and other Sonoran communities. The dirt roads washed out frequently so travel was a little arduous. The border station was staffed by both U.S. and Mexican guards.

When I visited and took pictures of the schoolhouse in 1995, the children’s drawings that my mother had put up around the room were still on the walls. There was a tiny “teacherage” at the back of the building where mother lived when she taught there.

Lou Anne Kirby

Retired, Sonoita

County is at forefront in crisis training

Re: the Dec. 6 guest column “Law enforcement officers train for crisis situations.”

Thank you to William Bonanno for his column about the Pima County sheriff’s Mental Health Support Team. The county is well known statewide for taking leadership in crisis-intervention training to help prevent tragedies. If friends and family members need to contact 911 on behalf of a mentally ill person, it is important to request that a Crisis Intervention-trained officer be sent to the scene.

Also, the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona provides mental health first aid training. This is helpful for all of us who might find ourselves in an emergency situation with a loved one or a stranger. Call CPSA and enroll.

Diane Wilson

Retired, Tucson