Star shouldn’t exclude

non-online letters

New way to give us your views? This is, at best, confusing and at worst, snake oil. Submitting letters online is not new; what is new is closing the door to any other channel.

Why do that? Budget cuts have closed the mailroom? The journalists who still have jobs are too overworked to open an envelope or to type its contents into the system? Is it bad handwriting or hypervigilant attorneys?

The Daily Star’s letters represent the voices of our community. Shouldn’t that include those unreconstructed rascals who — whether from wisdom or foolishness, indigence or mere impatience with the quirks and glitches of our computers — still prefer the medium of pen and ink?

Martha Sowerwine

Freelance editor, Tucson

Put focus on killers,

not on their weapons

The gun-control issue that pops up after every tragedy is a smoke screen. How many ways are there to kill people? How many of them can we prevent?

Think Iraq, Iran and Oklahoma. I would not advocate that having people kill with guns is good or better but what if our killers use IEDs or poisons or napalm or fertilizer and fuel? People who are really interested in stopping the carnage will stop using it to push their agenda and start trying to figure out how to reach potential killers before they pick a weapon of choice.

We would have to place more priority on results and less on people’s rights. That is a hard debate, so weak people in our society just whine about guns. If guns were illegal who is going to stop them from coming across the borders?

The real solution is to stop wasting energy on the gun debate and answer the question: How do we intercept the murderers before they start killing?

Tim Mahanna

Retired, SaddleBrooke

Cauthorn showed way

on water conservation

If this town ever builds a monument to its conservationists, the memory of Bob Cauthorn should be thus enshrined. Bob died earlier this month at 91.

As a member of the Tucson City Council in the 1970s, he led the monumental effort to impose conservation by sharply increasing water rates. The increases weren’t just sharp. They were shocking. Otherwise rational people became screaming, foam-at-the-mouth banshees when they saw their water bills. I have described what happened at

While Bob was not recalled in the acrimonious recall election that followed, it was because he found a good job in Florida and resigned.

The water war cost four incumbent council members their political careers.

When faced with the necessity for conservation, the council successors retained the water-rate increases. Tucson became a national leader in water conservation.

Politicians come and go without accomplishing much. They get caught up in minutiae. Few can claim a single major accomplishment during their service. Bob Cauthorn will always be among those few.

Stephen Auslander

Retired, Tucson