Without cams, it's back to the usual speeding

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

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry's reason for wanting to eliminate the 11 speed cameras on county roads is somewhat admirable ... but totally unrealistic. Just think about it.  Because the cameras have been there for several years, Mr. Huckelberry believes that all of us responsible drivers have now understood the purpose of the speed cameras and will continue to drive the posted speed limit even when the cameras are removed. 

OK, stop laughing. That's what he said. The county administrator is giving motorists too much credit. If the cameras are removed, it's pedal to the metal. It's human nature. With the cameras, fatal crashes declined 48 percent over the past few years. The cameras obviously save lives - leave them alone.  

Donald Wallace

Retired broadcaster, Tucson

Speed cams have done their job effectively

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

What is wrong with our officials? The traffic cameras have succeeded in slowing traffic at specific intersections so that fewer citations have been issued. The cameras have been doing the job they were installed to do. So the county wants to get rid of them.

Great. Now the public will go back to their old ways of speeding and going through red lights. I just don't understand the logic.

Frank Perry

Retired, Tucson

Bogus $5 bills are out there, so beware

The public needs to be aware that fake $5 bills are being passed in the area.

I found out when the clerk at a local east-side Walmart identified the one I handed her as counterfeit, and the manager confirmed it when he took a look at it. Thanks to modern copier technology, the bill looked just like the real thing. The store manager showed me that easiest way to identify the bad bill was by the feel of the paper, which felt and crumpled like copy paper.

So check even your smallest bills, especially if they are new, to make sure you don't get taken.

Edgar Rawl

Retired, Tucson

A word of appreciation, thanks to my caregivers

An era has ended for me.

Last Thanksgiving Day, I was in a horrendous car accident near Benson. "Josh" came to my rescue, even notifying my sister that I'd be late for Thanksgiving dinner. Then I was helicoptered to University of Arizona Medical Center. At some point in my 73 years, I've served time in most of Tucson's hospitals, but my experiences at UAMC don't even begin to compare.

At UAMC, there were two persons who did their jobs, and then there were all the rest! Every single person there - from surgeons to nurses to caregivers to housekeepers - made me feel that I was the person they were there to take care of. They didn't just do their jobs: They went way beyond. I will always be grateful for that.

Then to Pueblo Springs Rehabilitation Center, with much the same care. Since then, outpatient physical therapist Scott Decker has gotten me to the point where I may even be stronger than I was before that life-changing accident.

To them all - thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Lela Freiman

Retired educator, Tucson

Make broader use of PCC West auditorium

Re: the May 12 editorial "Downtown shows promising signs of resurgence."

Your applause for what's coming was well-deserved, but I think you overlooked one thing in extolling the auditorium at Catalina Foothills, and sent a message that is not helpful for downtown. The auditorium at Pima West is exactly the same, has ample parking, and is only about eight minutes from the center of town. It needs to be known about and its use encouraged, rather than sending more people to the Foothills.

Ted Taubeneck

Retired, Tucson

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