Forced to dump water

at UA commencement

Living in the Southern Arizona desert we are acutely aware of water issues.  We take water bottles with us wherever we go. We conserve wherever possible. Except at the University of Arizona.

According to the school’s Daily Wildcat, some 36,000 people attended the May 17 graduation at Arizona Stadium. But before entering , graduates and guests were required to dispose of their water bottles — throw them away or dump them out on the ground. Even if only half the attendees were forced to dump their water, with the average bottle size that comes to over 2,000 gallons of water dumped or trashed.

More seriously, this is also a health issue, which resulted in dehydration for many, and some people being treated or even hospitalized for heat-related issues. Perhaps the university can offer an explanation; apparently this “dump-your-water” policy makes sense to somebody.

Kim Weisman

Retired, Green Valley

Kiehne’s comment

borders on insane

Re: May 18 article “AZ candidate says mass shooters are Dems” and May 20 article “Kiehne apologizes for gun remark.”

It was shocking to see Republican congressional candidate Gary Kiehne’s comments regarding gun violence that “99 percent of gun ‘fiascos’ have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people.”

That statement alone, which borders on the insane, should guarantee his defeat in the election, but it really is an indictment of the tea party that a politician feels it necessary to make such an outrageous statement to toady to the right wing. Also in thrall to the tea party, his debate opponents did not immediately repudiate this outrageous comment.

Kiehne’s specious apology was just as stupid, saying he had based the comment on “ inaccurate information,” and then he bragged that “when you make a mistake, you should own up to it.” Do we really want him and his ilk in Congress?

Jerry Smith

Social work, Nogales

Immigration system is a failure, must be fixed

Re: May 18 guest opinion “Neyoy Ruiz is staying with us until his immigration case is closed.”

As a medical professional, too often I am confronted with and treat the physical and emotional injuries in the desert due to our failed immigration system.

We must not relax our efforts until we recognize and seek resolution to the problems that we and our government have created in the borderlands, dealing with the complexities of immigration.

Norma Price

Retired M.D. and volunteer

with Tucson Samaritans

and No More Deaths, Tucson

Star clearly sides

with illegal aliens

The Star has clearly sided with the illegal border-crossers and the organizations that support them, and stands against the Border Patrol and the laws of the United States.

In numerous articles and 0p-Ed pieces, you  present a sympathetic image of illegal aliens and their abettors, while denigrating law enforcement. In most pieces you publish, you use the term “immigrants” to refer to illegals, an obvious strategy to blur the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. But this distinction is not trivial. It is the difference between inviting someone into your home as opposed to someone breaking in.

Robert Cocke

Retired, Oracle

Mariachis deserve

better coverage in Star

I’ve been enjoying “Tucson in 100 Objects,” but when I read the story about mariachi, I realized that even though I’ve been subscribing to the Star since 1995, I don’t remember seeing any regular coverage of mariachi . There will be an annual story about the mariachi conference, but nothing in the weekly  entertainment supplement about where mariachis regularly perform.

The paper should give these hardworking, local musicians their due and list the restaurants where they  appear. It could also give space to the many fiestas and fundraisers at the local schools  that feature talented kids who love mariachi and perform in school and community groups.

Isn’t mariachi worth more column inches or advertising, and not just for  visitors?

Susan Crane

Academic, Tucson