Alliance working

to secure D-M’s future

Re: Tuesday guest opinion “Wake Up and Unite to Save A-10 and Davis-Monthan”:

Former congressional candidate Martha McSally was correct: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s A-10 mission is a boon to Tucson’s economy and the U.S. military, but it may be at risk.

We applaud her call for local leaders to bring this cause to Washington, D.C. The Southern Arizona Defense Alliance is a group committed to doing just that. The alliance, initially facilitated by U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, includes the DM 50, 162nd Fighter Wing Minuteman Committee, and members of the area’s major business groups. The offices of Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake also have joined this effort, which transcends political divisions.

Alliance members traveled to Washington last month to meet with Pentagon leadership, our congressional delegation, and House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders. The trip was successful, providing insight into future basing decisions and the value of community support.

We know how much D-M ($1.6 billion) and the A-10 contribute to Tucson’s economy. We must protect and grow our military installations and defense industry for the future of Southern Arizona.

Bruce Dusenberry

Businessman and Tucson Metro Chamber board member

Mike Grassinger

Businessman and president of the DM 50

Stop copper thefts

so our lights can stay on

Our streetlights have been dark for six weeks. The city tells us that the copper wire to the lights has been stripped off again. Seems to me that if the state ordered buyers of metal to refuse to buy obviously stolen copper wire, or if they buy any used copper wire to get the name and address of the seller with a statement of how they obtained the goods, we would stop this bad business.

And our streetlights would be lit.

Charles Leggett

Retired, Tucson

A volunteer’s take

on the diaper issue

I have been following the letters regarding the use of cloth diapers by those with limited or no income. For several years I volunteered for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in a high-poverty area.

Part of this ministry is to make home visits. Many of these homes were apartments where the only furniture might be a mattress on the floor and the cost for the use of laundry facilities in the building exceeded that of laundromats.

As for hand-washing and hanging the diapers to dry, in the homes I visited there was no place to hang laundered clothes, and if there were they would be quickly stolen.

While education and health care are goals our society must pursue, if it is to survive economically the most immediate solution to the poverty that surrounds us is an increase in the minimum wage to a livable amount.

Gloria DiCenso Sprietsma

Retired psychologist, Tucson

Sam Hughes took

no part in massacre

Re: the Aug. 16 letter to the editor “Honoring Sam Hughes, a murderer, is wrong.”

As the adjutant-general of the Arizona Territory in 1871, Sam Hughes had the keys to the armory. He did not go to Camp Grant and did not take part in the massacre.

Tucsonans lived in fear for their lives, evidenced by the hundreds of murders of settlers at the hands of “renegade Apaches” and by the inadequate response of the Army.

This in no way justifies the killing of innocents, but the raiding party, acting on credible information to rid Tucson of the intolerable Apache “deprivations,” consisted of six Anglos, 48 Mexican-Americans and more than 90 Tohono O’odham.

While Hughes had no chance to attend a single day of formal schooling himself (when both of his parents became ill and died early, he helped to raise and educate his eight siblings), he teamed up, also in 1871, with Territorial Gov. A.P.K. Safford to establish public education in the territory, saying it was “the pride of my life.”

Students should know that this is why TUSD is “District No. 1” in Arizona.

Frank Soltys

Retired, Tucson

Reasonable people

can’t allow mine

Re: the Aug. 18 article “Rosemont reports more financing.”

So Rosemont is short of cash and seeking loans from foreign banks.

Given the projected critical shortage of CAP water, the less-than-squeaky-clean reputation of Rosemont’s parent company, the environmental impacts and now questionable financial status, how can any reasonable person or agency allow the mine to be created?

Dennis Winsten

Consultant, Tucson