TUSD did very well for these three

My three grandchildren are very bright — of course. They all started in Tucson Unified School District schools and now, in sixth, eighth and ninth grades they are enrolled in a nice Glendale school in the Phoenix area.

All are now more advanced for their grade. There is discussion about having the sixth-grader skip seventh grade altogether. She reports that at her new school she is reading books she read in fourth grade, and her brothers are in advanced classes even though they were all considered “average” in TUSD.

This speaks highly of our local schools’ curriculum and teachers. While I hope my grandchildren continue to be challenged in their new school, I want to acknowledge and thank their exceptional teachers in Tucson, who seldom seem to get the praise they deserve.

Mary Droscher

Retired, Tucson

Bus article overlooks need for protection

Re: the Feb. 3 column “Bus riders on the go want better place to go downtown.”

Reporter Joe Ferguson’s “Road Runner” column about a poll conducted of Sun Tran riders indicates condescension in an otherwise fair article. He says that a quarter of riders “chimed in” wanting to “somehow magically decrease the number of riders either drunk or high.”

You can be sure the poll did not ask whether riders were requesting magic. Ferguson’s use of words suggests he believes riders of public transportation in Tucson should not bother to express a desire that police enforce laws that would prevent riders on their way to a job from having to sit beside an intoxicated person.

Is it not more important for the public to be made aware that riders think they need more protection, an idea he ridicules, as it is that riders, he gladly says, have the “practical” desire for more electrical outlets?

Erwin Roger

Retired attorney, Tucson

County’s mine stance

hurts jobs picture

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

Congratulations, Pima County supervisors. You have once again done your best to stop employment in Southern Arizona. What are you thinking? Rosemont Copper has gone through all types of scrutiny and passed, and now you throw another wrench in the cogs? Amazing.

Connie Widman

Retail sales, Tucson

Health law may have positive economic effect

Re: the Feb. 6 article “Health law’s effect on US jobs not likely to be dire.”

The headline is a gross understatement, as the article states, “The estimated reduction (in the workforce) stems almost entirely from a net decline … of labor … supply, rather than a net drop in business demand for labor.”

As anyone who has taken Economics 101 knows, when the supply of something declines, the price of that thing rises. A reduction in labor supply alone could help close the income inequality gap. Moreover, if 2.3 million workers voluntarily leave their jobs, they could certainly be replaced by some of the currently unemployed, thereby lowering the unemployment rate.

Rather than having any “dire” effect, Obamacare may, in fact, have a positive effect on the U.S. labor market.

Tom House

Retired, Tucson

Sentence in cyclist’s death an alert to riders

Re: the Jan. 11 article “Driver in fatal DUI accident gets 15-year prison sentence.”

I visit Tucson for business several times a year and drive the streets of the city for the majority of the time I am there. I have noticed that compared to other cities in my travels there’s a high number of cyclists on the roads.

The citizens who ride in Tucson cannot feel comfortable with this sentence. The lack of punishment in this case is a disgrace. I’m sure this sentence for this crime has to be a shock to the residents of Tucson.

Enrique Hernandez had a previous DUI and fled the scene. The victim’s widow, Melodee Ramey-Akers, was correct: Jon Akers’ life was stolen in a preventable, careless and violent way.

Hernandez will be out when he turns 40, if not before. That is plenty of life left. Akers doesn’t get his life back. My thoughts and prayers go to his children. And my advice to the cyclists of Tucson: Stay off the road, it’s not safe and there’s no punishment.

Brad Platt

Medical executive, Phoenix

If panhandlers can go, why not lobbyists?

Rep. John Kavanagh’s spirited attempt to overturn the constitutionality of the rights of beggars and aggressive panhandlers in public places is noteworthy. However, it will be no small feat to rid the Legislature of lobbyists.

John Corbett

Retired, Tucson

School vouchers part

of conservatives’ ploy

Re: the Jan. 7 article “Voucherlike program being proposed for all Ariz. students.”

Investors and corporations are pouring huge amounts of private equity and venture capital into companies aiming to profit by taking over public education. The majority of these so-called educational institutes are owned by right-wing religious zealots and the Republican Party faithful.

If public money goes to private schools at the expense of public education, taxpayers are paying to have our children indoctrinated into the conservative ideology. Wealthy conservatives will control the school curriculum and dictate what our children learn.

Christian and social conservatives grasped control of Texas’ education board and purged alleged liberal bias in schoolbooks. Grab their minds — their bodies will follow (and their votes).

Sheldon Metz

Retired, Tucson