Letters to the editor

2014-06-26T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
June 26, 2014 12:00 am

We’re overdrawn

at the water bank

Re: the June 21 letter to the editor: “Population overstated as water-scarcity factor.”

The letter includes the factoid that five developed nations have population densities more than 10 times that of the U.S.

So what? In Arizona the irrefutable fact is that we live in a desert where water has always been scarce. Of all people the writer, who identifies himself as a CPA, should know that consistently overdrawing your bank account will have serious consequences.

We’ve overdrawn our ground-water bank account for decades and long-term drought could reduce our CAP allocation as early as next year. Another irrefutable fact is that a limited water supply will not support unlimited population growth. To pretend otherwise is sheer insanity.

William Thornton

Retired, Tucson

IRS ‘scandal’

is a phony GOP ploy

Maybe you could run a cute political cartoon to balance the snarky one on the phony IRS “scandal.” (It seems the GOP can only use “scandal” as a talking point now, since they have no new ideas for anything.)

I suggest you find one about the State Department erasing all the torture/interrogation tapes that were made under the Bush administration. That should give everyone a chuckle in the morning.

Alan Barreuther

Pharmacist, Tucson

Lack of sick leave

hurts working families

Every day issues, such as pay equity, the cost of child care and paid sick leave impact women and their families. The fact that 40 percent of private sector businesses do not offer any kind of sick leave creates economic insecurity and unnecessary anxiety for working families. This must change.

Right now, because of good health, my husband is able to work and provide for our household. He is fortunate to work for an agency that provides paid family and medical leave in the event we may need it. Yet many working families are not offered sick leave and are vulnerable to economic hardships should the income earner become ill and unable to work.

America can do better when it comes to the economic security of our families. Let’s work together and create policies that support the realities of the 21st century working family.

Hope Busto-Keyes

Retired, Tucson

Early campaign signs

are a sore point

My wife and I disagree about campaign signs. She sees the signs as unattractive and ineffective, while I see them as a necessary tool of political campaigning.

However, we are both thankful there are rules dictating how early these signs can go up and how long they can stay up. That is why I am frustrated at the large number of signs being erected along the roads and at intersections in Oro Valley prior to when the rules allow them to be put in place.

At the time of this writing, all these early signs are from the same four candidates: Mark Finchem, Adam Kwasman, Vince Leach and Steve Smith. At the least, this is against the spirit of the rules.

However, I suspect it is a disregard for rules and regulations concerning how campaigns should be run. Congratulations to all the candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who followed the rules and waited to place their signs.

Scott Baker

Teacher, Oro Valley

30 million slaves

need more attention

On June 20 Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks 188 countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking, including the United States. This incredibly important diplomatic tool is compiled each year by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP office). Countries that fail to deal adequately with their human trafficking problem can be placed on “Tier 3” and face U.S. sanctions.

To protect the integrity of this report from other political or diplomatic concerns, I believe the TIP office should be upgraded to a State Department bureau, which can be done without any added cost or bureaucracy. The enduring crime of slavery is so monstrous — and sadly, so prevalent, with nearly 30 million slaves in the world today—that this office needs to be at the same stature as other State Department bureaus that address issues like arms control, the environment and narcotics.

I’m pleased that U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., has already co-sponsored this legislation.

Brooke Newcomb

Marketing, Phoenix

Soccer players

are softies

I officiated soccer at all levels for 25 years. Watching the World Cup is very comical. You see a player get bumped, fall down, writhing in pain. Replays show that he was barely touched, if at all. When he sees that the referee is not going to give a card, a miraculous recovery occurs.

Watch a hockey games. You will see the players getting stitches on the bench so they can go back into the game. There you will see guts, determination and the ability to take a hit. Soccer players are weenies.

Ron Gagner

Retired, Tucson

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