Letters to the editor

2013-10-05T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
October 05, 2013 12:00 am

How many more

Sunnyside black eyes?

Re: the Oct. 2 article “Sunnyside security coordinator is a felon.”

Once again, the superintendent of the Sunnyside School District, Manuel Isquierdo, has tried to put one over on the district: He has hired a relative who is a convicted drug felon to interact directly with students at Sunnyside High School.

He  gets away with more than any school official I can recall (no pun intended).

Why does the school board not take action against him? If I were a parent with a student in the high school I would certainly petition the board to do something. Come on, Sunnyside!

Ken Wright

Retired, Tucson

Give Barber credit

for seeking a solution

Re: the Oct. 2. editorial “No reasoning with bully tea party Republicans”

Your criticism of Congressman Ron Barber’s vote was grossly misplaced. Barber took an unpopular and courageous stand outside his party’s partisan political strategy in an attempt to end an unnecessary, self-inflicted crisis, while also providing time to address the many problems already apparent in starting up the complex provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Our gerrymandered districts, coupled with an ideologically deluded, red-blue electorate make partisan politics and stalemated government the norm. The times require politicians who will compromise to find solutions to the many problems facing our nation.

Those that hide behind their entrenched-interest approval ratings and campaign-funding sources while zealots within their party cause real pain to American citizens should be called out in Daily Star editorials, not courageous politicians in search of compromise like Rep. Barber.

Frank Hartline

Retired, Tucson

F-35 is nothing

D-M, Tucson need

Re: the Sept. 22 column “Dear Sir: Here are our thoughts on D-M, F-35.”

Tim Steller’s column clarified for me some of the issues associated with the retirement of the amazing  A-10. My nephew has worked with the A-10s. He has spoken reverently about how the ground troops are grateful for the dependability of this aircraft. They worry about the dependability of the F-35s.

The concern regarding overflights, noise and threats of crashes is important. I was in Tucson when a jet crashed here. The pilot did an amazing job of saving lives. Considering how many overflights there are, we are very lucky to have such well-trained pilots and service crews at our base.

The men and women who work and train at Davis-Monthan are important to our economy and society. I see them as friends and family who help make Tucson the wonderfully diversified and colorful community in which I am proud to live.

Caroline Anderson

Semi-retired, Tucson

Important article

buried in the classifieds

Re: the Sept. 15 article “For black infants, a precarious start.”

I have been an avid supporter of the local newspaper for the more than 30 years I have lived in Tucson. I was embarrassed and outraged that someone at the Arizona Daily Star decided to run a very good, important article related to high-risk infants in the classified section.

How many people do you think bothered to open the almost useless section to read a very important story that could impact hundreds if not thousands of people’s lives?

I suggest this article be run again in a more prominent area of this newspaper.

K.M. Ellerson

Registered nurse, Tucson

Show injured player

a little respect

I was incredibly disappointed in the behavior of the Empire High School coach and football team at the Walden Grove game recently. When a Walden Grove player was seriously injured with five seconds left on the clock, Walden Grove took a knee, but Empire huddled to strategize in a stadium so silent I could hear every word the coach said from across the field.

Then, after a long delay, they played out the remaining five seconds, and Empire exuberantly cheered in the faces of kids whose teammate was just taken away in an ambulance.

What is wrong with our priorities when a game is more important than a kid who was badly hurt?

Kelly Frieders

News transcriptionist, Sahuarita

Just tell the truth

about Rosemont

The proposed Rosemont Mine project is nothing more or nothing less than a foreign-based venture-capital investment scheme, the purpose of which is to make money for investors and not to provide jobs for unemployed miners or solve a copper shortage in the United States.

Most of the ore would be shipped via Mexico to China for processing and then sold to international markets. Please be a bit more transparent to your reading public.

Steve Hickman

Retired, Green Valley

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