California fish die-off wasn’t caused by heat

Re: the May 20 photo and caption “Fish die-off in Marina del Rey.”

The Marina del Rey Fish die-off is attributed to a weeklong heat wave by marine biologists. Such die-offs are not uncommon on the West Coast. I experienced one while living in Santa Cruz, California, in the ’60s.

What disturbs me is the incompetency of the reported likely cause. A heat wave does not deplete ocean oxygen levels to the point of anchovy die-offs! The most probable cause is a red algae bloom, and that can occur at any time, any place.

To know that marine biologists have succumbed to the dumbed-down explanation of a “heat wave” as a cause just has to make one wonder.... Are marine biologists part of the 97 percent espousing “climate change” disasters? So much for consensus science. God help us.

Donald Boston

Retired, Green Valley

Thoughtful mail carrier checked on my welfare

I don’t know the name of my mail carrier, but when she delivered my mail the other day and the previous day’s mail was still in the box, she came to my door to see if I was all right. She said that I always picked up my mail each day and was worried.

I think it’s wonderful that strangers can still be concerned about a senior citizen who lives alone. My mail carrier, you are wonderful.

Hazel Kotel

Retired, Tucson

Consider a cat

from animal shelter

Re: May 16 article “Find a furry friend at pet shelter’s ‘tent sale.’”

Thank you to Gabriela Diaz for her article on the “tent sale” in May at Pima Animal Care Center. She mentioned the dogs that need to find good homes, but neglected to mention the close to 100 cats at PACC also in need of good homes. There are beautiful and sweet cats there of all ages, but they are often overlooked and really need out of the tiny steel cages and overcrowded conditions. During May, cat adoption fees are $30 and there is a raffle for discounts of $10, $15 or $20 off the adoption fee. Cats that have been there over two weeks and cats considered “special needs” are free to adopt. Pima Animal Care is at 4000 N. Silverbell Road.

Please consider adopting a cat or kitten from PACC and help save a life today!

Linda Dills

Retired escrow officer, Tucson

Fairness requires closing

online tax loopholes

Congress needs to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).

According to a July 2013 study by Arthur B. Laffer and Donna Arduin, passage of the MFA would allow states to close the online sales tax loopholes, resulting in a larger tax base; lower taxes for all taxpayers; 1.5 million jobs in the next 10 years; and increase the GDP by at least $560 billion dollars.

Tucson Mall and Park Place contribute annually more than $48 million in property and sales taxes that pay for critical life-safety and other services. The malls employ approximately 4,500 people. Passage of the MFA allows bricks-and-mortar retailers to compete fairly with online retailers. Bricks-and-mortar retailers are the economic engine that drives the local economy.

The MFA passed the Senate in May 2013. It’s now in the House of Representatives. Passing the MFA is about enforcement of current tax law. Taxation should be fair, no matter where you shop.

Jeff Berger

General manager of Tucson Mall

Tami Ivy

General manager of Park Place