Letters to the editor

2014-04-05T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
April 05, 2014 12:00 am

Note to Fitz:

Dems love cash too

Re: the April 4 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

Fitz is disingenuous in showing only Republicans with bags of cash. Does he honestly think that Democrats are not thrilled with the possibility of raising more cash?

It takes very little effort to research on the Internet where the big money comes from. If Fitz was not so blatantly biased, he would have shown some jackasses alongside of the elephants with bags of cash. Does he really think the readership is that stupid?

Steven Dunn

Retired sheet metal journeyman, Tucson

Thanks to the man

who paid for team’s meal

A big thank you to the gentlemen who paid for the Tanque Verde High School baseball team’s dinner at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant last month. It was greatly appreciated!

Nate May

Student, Tucson

Legislators are not

held accountable

Re: the March 30 editorial “Common Core standards are not a federal intrusion.”

Why should an irresponsible Legislature upset any Arizonans? Today it’s Common Core, and yesterday it was unsupervised vouchers for anyone who wanted to be paid tax dollars for abusing (oops, home-schooling) their children.

Last month it was paying $30 million for Imagine Learning software that has never been proved effective. They still spin the same old story that privatizing education is cheaper, even though it costs you much more.

Taxpayers just need to get over the fact that the accountability they demand of teachers does not exist for the Legislature because they are special and will all be re-elected.

Paul Baker

Retired educator, Tucson

Were agents listening

to Mass at border?

Re: the April 2 article “Cardinal, bishops’ Mass at border has a message.”

As I attended the Mass in Nogales and listened to the message of being good Samaritans to migrants and remembering those who died crossing the border and at the hands of the Border Patrol, I kept glancing over at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents looking on. Were they listening?

I recalled the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was assassinated 34 years ago last week for calling on members of the military to refuse illegal and immoral orders to kill their own people.

Why didn’t Cardinal O’Malley and the others use this opportunity to directly appeal to the hearts of these agents just a few yards away? Being good Samaritans in the epicenter of this war zone in the Southwest borderlands is not enough anymore.

We need a prophetic voice to echo the words of Romero to stop the repression of immigrants and U.S. citizens.

Paula Miller

Catholic worker, Tucson

Column on road funds

possibly deceptive

Re: the April 2 guest column “Don’t let Ally Miller fool you; District 1 gets more than its share of road funds.”

In his attack on Supervisor Miller, guest columnist Dan Sullivan does not use his facts in a meaningful way to support his position.

He states that 40 percent of the highway maintenance funds are going to District 1, more than to any other district. Highway maintenance costs are calculated in lane-miles. Obviously, a six-lane roadway is more expensive to maintain than a two-lane.

Therefore, if District 1 has 75 percent of the lane-miles, it is underfunded. Secondly, he states that 62 percent of the improvements occurred in District 1. Again, this number is meaningless. Roadway improvements are based on growth and traffic volumes.

Perhaps District 1 has the highest growth and traffic volumes and needs a larger portion of the available funds. It is always a good idea to use numbers in a proper way for your point of view to be credible.

Richard Buchanan

Retired from ADOT, Tucson

The new Golden Rule

Re: the April 3 article “In-depth look at campaign money ruling.”

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court equating money to free speech means that a political party that does not have a good candidate can just buy the election for them. That is a new Golden Rule — “He who has the gold, rules.” Is that really the American way?

Jerry Lujan

Retired, SaddleBrooke

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