Letters to the editor

2013-09-27T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
September 27, 2013 12:00 am

Species protection is American success story

The Endangered Species Act turns 40 this year and many Americans are thankful this law is around. No other law has done more to save America’s most vulnerable plants and animals from extinction.

Here in Arizona we can thank the act for putting a long list of wildlife on the road toward recovery, including bald eagles, Gila trout, Mexican wolves, northern aplomado falcons and black-footed ferrets.

Sometimes it’s hard to find much to celebrate when we look around and see how we continue to harm the only planet known to sustain life, our only home.

But it gives us hope that we now have 40 years of evidence showing we can stop the extinction of wildlife whenever we show the political will to protect them. The Endangered Species Act is an American success story we can all be proud of.

Daniel R. Patterson

Southwest director, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Cancer headline was misleading

Re: the Sept. 18 article “Report: ‘Amazing progress’ as 1 in 23 survive cancer.”

Your poorly written headline terrifies everyone who is battling cancer by implying that only one person out of 23 who has battled cancer survives. The truth comes through clearly in the article itself: Today, 1 in 23 Americans is a cancer survivor.

Robert Cocke

Retired, Oracle

Red ink will drown

country if unchecked

Re: the Sept. 18 article “Postponing increase in debt limit ‘dangerous,’ Treasury’s Lew warns.”

Whether you are Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Green, the entire debate about a renewed increase in our debt limit is a sure recipe for ever new red ink (now at $16.7 trillion), which will ultimately drown our great nation.

What happened with sequestration? Why do we not rein in the budget? Why ever more spending for the military?

Why not stop all military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Stop the F-35, for instance (or suggest other cuts, please). Throttle down the spending for things we really do not need. Reduce all salaries in the U.S. government, for instance, or the president’s expensive vacations.

Of course, I am barking at the wrong tree here, but I think it is my patriotic duty to speak up.

Albrecht Classen


GOP legislators

show hypocrisy

Re: the Sept. 13 article “36 in GOP sue to block expansion of Medicaid.”

The legislators’ attorney, Christina Sandefur, argues the levy is a tax “as it is money to be collected from a group of taxpayers to be redistributed for a general purpose.”

Ironically, that is exactly what legislators did when they swept the funds of state boards and agencies. Those funds were the licensing fees paid by professionals and businesses for professional oversight by the state. They were not taxes, but they were taken for the general fund as if they were.

The consequences were crippling to the boards and agencies. Some did not even have enough money to investigate complaints by the citizens of Arizona. As a result, citizens continued to be unnecessarily harmed or defrauded. It seems the bottom line is when they want to do something it is legal. When they oppose it, the same thing is illegal. How sad.

The Rev. Katherine A. Shindel

President 2006-2012, Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors

and Embalmers

Why wasn’t streetcar inspected properly?

Re: the Sept. 12 article “Officials downplay failure, say breaker was installed incorrectly.”

The streetcar test failed due to “a tripped electric breaker that wasn’t installed correctly.” What? Does this suggest no inspection took place?

What will be the acceptable gestation period for debugging the “modern” streetcar? Two weeks? Two years? Also, whose feet will be held to the fire if this nearly $200 million project doesn’t deliver the city’s economic salvation? Answer: No one.

Apparently, our elected officials have virtually zero experience in the procurement and implementation of any product or project, because any successful corporation knows that when a product is delivered, it must be field-tested and free of defects when delivered.

Ford and Mercedes do not sell a car to you, and then fix inherent problems “as we go.” Who would buy their automobiles? Well, maybe the city of Tucson.

Eric P. Maurer


It’s not enough

to lock up all the ‘crazies’

Re: the Sept. 18 column “Gun debate repeats itself; let’s look at what causes crazed killers.”

Kathleen Parker points out we need to “stop mentally ill people from wreaking havoc on society.” She jokes we’d rather limit magazine sizes than go after the “crazies.” She doesn’t mention limitations on semi-automatic or automatic weapons, but obviously, we need only go after the crazies.

Instead of carefully describing the woman “who had killed her would-be rapist” with the “small derringer in her purse,” I would have looked for the targeted victim who killed his or her attacker with an AK-47. I would have said they were a poor shot so they needed the magazine that held 20 rounds. If I couldn’t discover such a scenario, I would have found how many of the nearly 70 mass shootings since 1982 were committed with a small derringer.

Kathleen and the NRA demand we keep selling high-powered killing machines; just be sure to lock up all the crazies.

Kenneth H. Cohn

Veterinarian, Tucson

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