Before more children suffer, revamp CPS

Arizonans have seen far too much bad news from the office of Child Protective Services over the past few years. Not investigating reports and leads is beyond horrible.

Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter’s seemingly invisible and inefficient supervision of a failing system has repeatedly produced indefinite promises such as “we are going to release a plan” to investigate departmental neglect, which is like trying to patch up a gaping wound with old bandages found in the trash.

There is a severe lack of leadership in this office, and a shortage of case managers. Why would any graduate of social work want to be employed by such a department? It is not clear why Gov. Jan Brewer keeps Carter to spearhead this office. Hopefully it is not political, for politics should have no place when it comes to taking care of children.

CPS needs to be revamped, and move forward in a fresh, vigorous and immediate manner to provide a service to protect Arizona’s children.

Katrina Millsquip

Office manager, Tucson

Dems must be dizzy

from spin on Obamacare

It is called “spin” when someone makes a statement and then comes back later to explain that what he said was not what he meant. The Democrats are in full spin mode in regards to Obamacare. Everyone is trying to explain that when President Obama stated you could keep your doctor and your policy if you wanted, period, what he actually meant was the exact opposite.

Part of the spin is that the policies that were canceled as a result of Obamacare were the fault of the insurance companies. Complete and utter nonsense. If you liked your policy and your doctor it was your choice as a free citizen, but Obamacare now does your thinking and choosing for you. Anything else is pure spin.

Democrats up for re-election are distancing themselves from Obamacare for good reason: The very people that need this coverage can’t afford the deductible when time comes for treatment.

LH Hancock

Accountant, Tucson

So we’ll lose trees;

we’ll gain a mine

Re: the Dec. 10 article “Rosemont would cut 300K trees for mine.”

OMG! Who knew that they would have to cut down trees to make an open-pit mine? Please don’t tell the Forest Service! What will be left for reporter Tony Davis to write about once the eight years of the application process are over and the mining begins?

Michael Ebert

Small-business owner, Tucson

Fond memories

of a dear neighbor

Re: the Nov. 25 article “Scout project honors mentor.”

Thank you for printing the article commemorating Dean Gibbs. Penny and Dean were dear friends and neighbors when they lived in Durham, Ore. Dean lived his life fully and in service to others.

While he and Penny had no children of their own, Dean helped build a playground in our local park.

He and my “red-headed” golden retriever had their own mutual admiration society. He fondly nicknamed her Rita. Dean is missed greatly, but memories of him will live on.

Zondra Hanni

King City, Ore.

Valley of the Moon

is too nice to lose

The Valley of the Moon is a unique area built by George Phar Legler in the 1920s to appeal to the imagination of children and bring mental and spiritual relaxation to visitors.

Rock cliffs, caves, pools and garden miniatures blend with tropic and desert flora to create what Legler called the “fantasy touch of three” — Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Unfortunately, George’s story is fading away. We need volunteers and actors of all ages and backgrounds to come be a part of Valley of the Moon and keep it alive. Visit tucsonvalleyofthe to learn more about this Tucson treasure.

Heather Yanchick


Avandia case shows FDA role in drug prices

Re: the Nov. 26 article “FDA lifts safety curbs on diabetes pill Avandia.”

Want to know why medications cost so much? The answer is right there in the article about how long and hard GlaxoSmithKline had to fight the Food and Drug Administration to get to the decision that Avandia does not increase the risk of heart attack. How many people were denied this drug while the FDA blocked its use?

Barbara Nelson

Retired attorney, Tucson

Tucson drivers speed,

lack consideration

In my travels around Tucson, when practical, I either ride a bicycle or I walk. I think one primary cause of the high number of accidents is due to the speed of most of the vehicles on our roads.

I challenge any doubters to drive the posted speed limits for a week or two.

Another cause is the perception among many drivers that pedestrians and cyclists are second-class citizens. Again, I challenge doubters to take a walk to a few of the primary streets and experience what it is like to stand at a crosswalk and attempt to cross the street. Very few people will stop.

No matter the mode of travel, we all need to pay attention.

Randy Garmon

Retired, Tucson