Letters to the editor

2014-03-12T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
March 12, 2014 12:00 am

Rock throwing bound to escalate

Re: the March 8 article “BP to agents: Avoid harm’s way.”

Boy, oh boy, no longer can our Border Patrol agents protect themselves from individuals trying to kill them by hitting them with rocks. They now have orders to simply run from anyone performing that act.

Rocks can kill. If one doubts that, simply read about David and Goliath in the Bible or consider the number of people who have been killed by being stoned.

Now that the people south of our border who hate our agents because they are enforcing our law know that they can throw rocks at them with no fear of retribution, these events will escalate significantly.

Watch out “la migra,” you better stay away from our border with Mexico; it’s getting kind of dangerous down there.

Richard Humphries

Elfrida

Star doesn’t understand annoyance of overlays

Re: the March 9 article “What 6,400 readers told us about the Star.”

Editor Bobbie Jo Buel really missed the point about those annoying half-sheet advertising overlays in the Star customer survey results article.

She likens them to the horoscope, advice columns and baseball stories, but these sections are embedded in the paper. Readers can quickly skim right over them if so desired.

I don’t mind including advertising in the body of the paper but those annoying overlays actually block the reader from accessing content on the first page of a section — they must be removed to read the paper.

Oh well, I don’t expect anyone at the Star to appreciate this advertising overlay issue since he or she probably never handles the  product like print subscribers do.

Scott Saylor

Health care technology consultant, Tucson

Second dog death

at track

is negligence

Re: the March 9 article “Greyhound is electrocuted during race, city official says.”

As an adopter of four ex-racing greyhounds, I was devastated to read of the second death by electrocution at the Tucson track in the past month.

One might accept the first death as a tragic accident, with the assumption that the cause would be quickly identified and corrected. But two? I wonder who, specifically, investigated the first incident (South Tucson? Arizona Department of Racing?) and what, exactly, was done to prevent a recurrence.

This borders on criminal negligence, and the case should be pursued by appropriate law enforcement authorities. Someone must be held accountable for this senseless tragedy.

Steve Leane

Retired, SaddleBrooke

UAMC tarnishing physician’s reputation

Re: the March 9 article “Cardiac surgeon’s suspension puts UA patients in limbo.”

I have known Dr. Robert Poston as a colleague and friend since his days as a surgical resident. We worked closely together at San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center.

As a surgical resident, Dr. Poston consistently displayed a high degree of professionalism both in his bedside manner (dealing with patients, their families and other health care colleagues), as well as his sharp attention to minute details.

In my opinion he is one of the most thoughtful, kind, diligent and conscientious physician I have worked with in my 38-year career in health care. I am saddened and angered that University of Arizona Medical Center has subjected Dr. Poston to this treatment and has tarnished his reputation.

In my opinion, this “controversy” is bogus and it contradicts the consistent, high-level professional performance I have witnessed for over 20 years.

Richard Kallet

Director of quality assurance, Respiratory Care Services at UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital

Tucson must prove it shares Tesla vision

Re: the March 9 article “Tucson is wooing Tesla for 6,500 jobs.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is quite capable of distinguishing between words and deeds. He is a financially successful person determined to use his money for purposes larger than just acquiring more.

The defeat of the “Solar Team” in the 2012 Arizona Corporation Commission election is a bit of history from which the state cannot hide, Tucson’s designation as “Solar City” notwithstanding.

We need to acknowledge that mistake in the next Corporation Commission election (or revive Baja Arizona if we can’t). It has already cost solar adopters in Phoenix real money.

Solar arrays save utilities far more money than it costs them in grid maintenance for customers by generating electricity during periods of peak demand — and peak cost in buying it from the regional grid.

In the meantime, we need to show Musk that Tucsonans understand and share his vision of the potential for Tesla’s batteries, not just to power Tesla’s cars but to address the storage problem still impeding the development of renewable energy.

Steven Lesh

Retired, Tucson

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