Maybe county can take bigger split from tickets

Re: the May 18 article "County's speed cameras might go."

Perhaps there is an alternative to outright removal of the speed cameras. The county's share of $17 per citation is a pittance and not nearly enough. With the provider's contract expiring soon, it would seem that negotiation with the camera provider for a different split would be in order.

The camera provider is in the business to make money. If the cameras are removed, they make nothing. A 50-50 split would very likely gain support within the county administration.

Bruce Rivers

Retired, Tucson

Hope that speed cam will be removed

Re: the May 18 article "County's speed cameras might go."

Bless you, Mr. Huckelberry! I sure hope ol' Chuck hurries and removes the speed cameras from East River Road! I've been late for church all year long.

Emily Hilliard

Retired, Tucson

UA's bid for millions in funding is absurd

Re: the May 31 article "UA wants $176M in tax funding."

The University of Arizona wants how much to do what? These are the same folks that brought us the Rainbow Bridge. Their enlightened, progressive ideas are substantially responsible for the monumental boondoggle known as Rio Nuevo. And now they have returned wanting yet another bite of the taxpayer's apple.

Not all "art" is worthy of a piece of the community purse. And, of course, the "arts" have never been able to support themselves. When is the last time you went to the Rialto Theatre? How often to the twin museums that would benefit from your substantial largess?

The arts have long suffered too few paying patrons coaxed by gentle shepherds who have spent a career dining at the public trough. Mr. Huckelberry says he wants to see more before moving forward. He only need take a brief glance backward to see all that is necessary to quash this idiocy.

Mike Sevier

Pool equipment developer, Oro Valley

Pleased that lawmaker didn't appeal to religion

Re: the May 23 article "AZ House debate: Did lawmaker deliver a nonprayer?"

I commend Rep. Juan Mendez for intelligently using time he's paid with tax monies to remind our representatives of their duty and obligation to the people of the state. I am happy that Mendez did not waste anyone's time in supplication to some specific superstitious beliefs just because they are held by most members of House. Is that not the tyranny of the majority?

If Rep. Steve Smith wants to hear a prayer to some divinity, no doubt the one he holds dear, he should do as the Bible says and go into his closet and not make a big show of his religious convictions. I'm sure the poor fellow would become apoplectic if he had to constantly listen to prayers to Buddha or Shiva or Thor or the North Wind.

Hal Bardach


Letter about public employees insulting

Re: the May 23 letter to the editor "Gov't workers should pay 20% surcharge tax."

This letter was an insult to every longtime public employee. Many of these people have labored long and without substantial pay raises for quite a while, keeping going because of some of the traditional perks of public employment such as insurance and a merit system.

It is nothing new that during boom economies many in the private sector actually sneer at the public employee as he earns wages lower than his friends who do much the same thing in the private sector. Then each time the economy tanks, the private sector worker finds himself in trouble and points the finger at the public worker who is still working.

I have seen this seesaw go back and forth, and I think it is a shameful thing to print. This sort of letter only encourages the sort of divisiveness this country already has too much of.

Eugene Cole

Retired, Tucson

How could Napolitano consider border fee?

Re: the May 30 article "Nogales council opposes possible border fee."

Hello, Homeland Security, is anybody home? How can Secretary Janet Napolitano - who was the governor of Arizona - allow her department to even float such an idea? Arizona is still a border state. She knows that border communities greatly depend on cross-border traffic to bolster their economy. These Mexican shoppers also visit Tucson and Phoenix, which is an economic plus for these cities.

Harlan Capin

Retired Nogales businessman, Tucson

Appreciation for those who lent emergency aid

A few weeks ago I drove myself to the Walmart in Sahuarita to do some shopping. When I got out of my car, I experienced severe vertigo. Apparently I had a seizure and passed out. I want to thank the good Samaritans who watched out for me and called an ambulance. I wish I could have expressed my thanks in person.

This incident has affirmed my belief in the goodness of human beings.

Shari H. Raicher

Retired, Sahuarita

Targeting by IRS is hardly new

The idea of the IRS targeting certain groups or individuals is hardly a new concept. Oldsters will remember that at the beginning of World War II Franklin Roosevelt was actively trying everything he could think of to get us in the war on the Allied side.

Strongly opposing this was a group called America First Committee. This group contained many prominent Americans, among them Charles Lindbergh. Roosevelt was not happy with Lindbergh, and he sicced the IRS on him, hoping to find some wrongdoing.

To Roosevelt's dismay and obvious chagrin, it was found that when Lindbergh completed his tax return and added up what he owed, he added 10 percent to it!

Peter P. Ribotto

Retired, Tucson