McSally still doesn’t understand border area

Re: the July 1 guest opinion “A trip to the border region shows the line is far from secure.”

It’s nice that Martha McSally toured the border to finally familiarize herself with the challenges that have faced Southern Arizonans for years.

Sadly, it is no surprise that her response was only to parrot the irrational mantra of House Republicans and financial backers John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

History has amply demonstrated that simply militarizing borders and building walls or fences are prohibitively expensive and doomed to failure.

McSally’s plan to massively increase spending while ignoring the millions of undocumented persons already here reeks of campaign rhetoric .

It is McSally’s House Republicans who have refused to take action on real immigration reform, despite the fact that the American people have spoken loud and clear that they support the comprehensive reform plans proposed by the Democrats and passed by a bipartisan Senate. McSally and her Tea Party friends still don’t get it.

Don Jorgensen

Business owner and Pima County

Democratic Party chairman, Tucson

Can’t find a job,

but grateful anyway

I recently graduated from Earlham College in Latin American studies and theater. I am from Costa Rica. In 2013 I fell in love of Tucson.

I planned to go to graduate school as academia needs people from underrepresented communities. I decided to wait because there are things people cannot learn in the classroom. I decided to move back to Tucson because Tucson has a lot of potential for social change.

I have applied to around 100 jobs without positive results. My working permit allows me to work for a year in a job somehow related to any of my majors. There are multiple factors that have affected my luck of getting a job. My age, race, gender, and even my accent might affect people’s bias and my access to opportunities.

It hurts me think about moving from Tucson, and it scares me to think about moving back to Costa Rica knowing my career goals. Yet I am grateful for everything I have learned from struggles.

Maria Ramos

Job seeker, Tucson

Media show contempt

for Native Americans

Are we ashamed of our Native Americans and their language? In Pima, a language spoken by people in the Gila River Tohono O’odham reservations, dust storms are called jegos.

Apparently the media are showing their contempt for a proud people — the Native American population of Arizona.

Nothing against the Sudanese, but haboob is a dumb-sounding name to English-receiving ears. It inspires more ridicule than the awesomeness these wind-blown monsters deserve.

The news media have been using the word more often in the last few years, and the grand haboob that blew into town on July 5 made it a household term. For weather buffs, though, it’s not a new term — newspapers have used the word to describe the phenomenon  for decades. 

Mac Friedlander

Retired, Marana

Halt to deportations

will have a logical end

Re: the July 3 article “City may call for president to curb deportations.”

Cancellation of all deportations will send the message that the U.S. will take all comers and will encourage even more migrants than resulted from President Obama’s moratorium on deportation of the “dreamers.” With a moratorium on deportations, where will it end? Logically, it will end only when conditions in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, etc., are better than they are in the U.S.

John Schmitz


Star should concentrate

on being a better paper

I was a subscriber to the Tucson Citizen and since its demise, the Star. Instead of worrying about being fair to the left and right the Star should concentrate on putting out a decent paper.

The story from July 7 on Page A6, “ What’s making US economy a world beater? 5 factors,” caught my attention, but it ran out at 2½ factors with no continuation I could find, and the picture below the story was cut short. Perhaps this is another reason print papers are dying.

I could save the morning walk to pick up this incomplete newspaper and just read the New York Times I get delivered to my computer, and get local coverage from the Tucson news feeds. Tucson deserves a world-class paper.

Ronald Stano

Salesman, Tucson

3 days to comment

isn’t enough time

Re: the July 7 article “Share your arguments with Ariz. voters.”

Great idea, and I was more than willing to pay my $100 to voice my opinion.

I am reading this on Monday, 8 a.m. , and I have to have my signed, notarized, 300-word “argument” in by the deadline, 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9. It would appear that the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office is not making it easy for “We The People” to participate.

This pamphlet is required by law to be published, at taxpayers’ expense, I presume. Would it not be reasonable to give citizens more of a notice than three days to exercise their right to comment on bills that will appear on the November ballot? I’d like to see our Arizona legislators do anything reasonable and thought-out on behalf of we citizens in three days.

Diane Uhl

Retired teacher, Oro Valley