This plan deserves a grade of ‘F’

Re: the Jan. 29 article “Business groups team up to improve Arizona schools.”

Let me see if I understand this. Business wants the state to reward the “A” schools, already located in mostly high-income school districts, with more selective state funds. Then the state can tell parents to move their children to those “good” schools.

Empty schools left behind can become charter schools because they are doing such a superb job of educating all students.

The state can also reward “good” teachers and thereby attract all those already better-paid “good” teachers from other states. I certainly see some flaws in this line of reasoning.

It looks like another attempt to find easy answers to very complex problems. As a retired teacher, I would not be giving out “As” to Lisa Graham Keegan and her Chamber of Commerce minions. It’s much closer to an “F” for lack of careful research and critical thinking.

Marion Pickens

Former legislator and retired teacher, Tucson

Gem show does its part

to benefit Glendale

Re: the Jan. 29 article “Glendale wants state aid to cover 2015 Super Bowl.”

If you believe Arizona House Minority Leader David Gowan’s request that the state help fund the Super Bowl in Glendale because it would benefit the entire state of Arizona, then Tucson’s Gem and Mineral Show already does its part to benefit Glendale.

Wayno Guerrini


To protect vets, $6B

in cuts must be found

Re: the Jan. 12 guest column “The budget must not be balanced on the backs of military retirees.”

Those in Congress like Rep. Ron Barber who are fighting to restore full veterans’ benefits deserve applause. But these bills need to pass through Congress and be signed into law. That means finding $6 billion in savings — the amount that would be cut from veterans’ pensions — someplace in the budget.

One target is the tax code, which many in Congress have said is filled with billions in special-interest giveaways. Another possibility is trimming some of the Pentagon’s most controversial weapons. Congress could find all the savings it needs by cutting 50 percent of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s budget for just one year.

Slowing this program down could do some good. Early reports have shown the plane’s performance has a long way to go, and a new report documented numerous flaws in the aircraft.

There’s a strong political will to protect veterans’ benefits (for good reason), but Congress needs to find a way.

Stanley Griego

Clovis, N.M.

Bighorn sheep project clearly was a mistake

Re: the Jan. 25 article “8 of 31 bighorns in transplant project are dead.”

I am disappointed and frustrated that the Arizona Game and Fish Department cannot understand that the general public is appalled by this “experiment” to reintroduce bighorns in the Pusch Ridge area. How many more sheep and mountain lions will perish because those making such destructive decisions cannot admit to being wrong? Actions by Game and Fish should alarm national and international environmental and wildlife experts into demanding investigations.

Game and Fish should admit the relocation of the bighorns was wrong and return them to Yuma — and carefully watch over the recently relocated pronghorn antelope.

Donna Muri

Retired, Tumacacori

Speed cameras do work

to slow down drivers

Recently published statistics have  shown that the speed cameras do slow down drivers for at least a quarter mile. Those who didn’t see the clearly posted signs were probably either too busy talking on their phones, text messaging or are generally oblivious to their surroundings.

I suggest the county do something similar to California’s practice of warning that “speed is monitored by aircraft.” If you remove the signs warning of “speed cameras ahead” with signs stating that “speed is monitored by randomly placed cameras” you might achieve an overall slowdown .

You could also place mobile cameras anywhere, versus fixed locations that most people know. 

Bill McCarthy

Retired, Oro Valley

Which elected official fits this description?

Narcissistic personality disorder is defined as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings (or opinions). But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

Geez, wonder who in the White House fits that description?

Pam Chavious

Retired, Sahuarita