Border Patrol polishing tarnished image

Re: the May 1 article “Light towers guide crossers, send signals to BP rescuers.”

If Border Patrol was as serious as they claim to be about preventing migrant deaths they would listen to the hundreds of recommendations (in the form of reports, complaints and formal litigation) provided by the dozens of humanitarian aid groups that have formed in response to this agency-made crisis.

Instead, they continue to kill migrants with impunity, abuse those held in detention and destroy water gallons left in the desert by humanitarian aid groups. Clearly, the demonstration on April 30 is nothing but a media event to try to polish their tarnished public image.

Chief Manuel Padilla’s statements show both intentional public deception and a lack of understanding as to why migrants make the journey.

Daniel Wilson

Bicycle mechanic, Tucson

There’s no need

for more gun laws

Re: the April 19 letter to the editor “It’s time to change ‘reality’ of guns.”

The letter writer said the National Rifle Association should stop misinterpreting the Second Amendment. In fact, nobody should interpret any part of the Constitution.

The Founding Fathers chose the words very carefully for their precise meaning. Especially the part of the Second Amendment that reads, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

Something does need to be done to slow or stop the violence. But make it something that will work. Comprehensive background checks are still being proven to not work.

California has them and their crime rate isn’t any lower. Only a dope would spend more money on something that doesn’t work. We should start by enforcing the laws already on the books. If we can’t, making more laws will be useless.

Steven Barker

USAF Retired, Tucson

Spinal injections work

Re: the April 24 article “FDA warns of cortisone injection risks.”

While I applaud the Food and Drug Administration’s work to improve patient safety, I do have concerns with the way their comments were reported in your paper. As a physician who has performed over 45,000 spinal injections, I am aware of the potential risks, but also aware of the extremely small chance of any significant complications from these minimally invasive procedures (zero out of 45,000 so far).

It is also important to note that alternative treatments carry risks as well. Literature reviews actually do show that in carefully chosen patients, spinal injections, in the hands of those properly trained, can be safe and very helpful.

I have been fortunate to see the positive results of these injections every day for the last 15 years. I would advise patients to discuss risks and benefits with their physician before making a decision about any treatment.

Scott Goorman

Physician, Tucson

Wolves deserve better

Thank you for Tim Steller’s excellent piece exposing the Arizona Game and Fish’s ridiculous new proposal on having the state “manage” the Mexican gray wolves. If anything, this idea clearly shows why the wolf population needs to remain under federal management. Game and Fish’s new plan blatantly calls for all kinds of new reasons to kill the endangered wolves and limits the population to well below what the best science calls for.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s current proposal does not go far enough to assure the Mexican wolves’ recovery. It doesn’t allow dispersal to new territory so desperately needed for genetic diversity and is still operating on an outdated 30-year-old recovery plan. It also relaxes criteria for killing wolves.

These animals are a precious part of our ecosystem and we must do everything to protect them for our own good.

Adrienne Seltz

Dental hygienist, New Mexico

TREO’s jobs goal is unrealistic

Re: the May 1 article “TREO’s new ‘blueprint’ aims to create 40K new jobs in just five years.”

This is a laudable goal but I see no chance of it happening. One of the areas they are going to focus on is aerospace and defense. This area of the economy is most likely going to decrease in size during the next five years since the federal government budget for aero and defense is going down.

Does TREO expect to poach companies from other parts of the U.S. to come to Tucson? I doubt that will work. They also plan to “develop talent.” What can they do in five years in talent development to help create these 40,000 jobs? It takes time to train and educate people. Five years is a pretty short time frame.

I would be interested to see how many business leaders in Tucson think this plan is doable.

Jerry Bich

Retired electrical engineer,

Oro Valley