Spanish documents erode inclusion

When my Dutch ancestors came to America, it was in their best interests to learn English as soon as possible. When my first husband’s parents came to the States, they learned English. Vietnamese refugees excel in American schools because they dedicate themselves to learning English. So, why are many things printed in Spanish today? Doesn’t this slow down the learning process for the new people trying to fulfill their dreams by coming to our country?

I understand the large so-called “Spanish speaker” vote is coveted, but dual publications printed at government expense deny the American experience of total inclusion. Maybe the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce or private monies could work with folks who need help as they transition, but why keep them excluded through Spanish publications?

Judith TerMeer Lopez Billings

Retired professor, Tucson

Kudos to those with native landscapes

I live in Green Valley, in La Posada. I enjoy being here, but most of the homes look alike. So when I drive anywhere, I do so on a street called Abrego. Every home is different on both sides of the street, and very well-kept. But what really impresses me is the fact that almost every home owner has given up grassy lawns for material like gravel that does not need watering.

I think these people should be applauded, and I hope that more homeowners would do the same.

Joan Domash

Retired, Tucson

Where do entrants get money to come?

Many articles have told of the cost to the Central Americans who illegally cross the southern borders.

They have stated that it costs each person (adult and minor) a minimum of $4,000. Where do these poor and impoverished children and adults get the money for that trip? To my knowledge that has not been addressed in the media.

At a recent Border Patrol information briefing, that question was asked and the briefer could not or would not give an answer. Detaining and interviewing 10,000 to 60,000 individuals should have revealed a source of who provided the finances.

Jim Roach

Retired, Tucson

Arizona’s leaders don’t measure up

As a member of a family who came to Arizona in 1881, until recently I have been proud to say that Arizona was my home.

I can still remember when Mo and Stuart Udall were recognized as leaders along with John Rhoades, Barry Goldwater and Carl Hayden on the national level. Our state leadership was equally good.

Now, we have Joe Arpaio, Paul Babeu, SB 1070, SB 1062, Tom Horne, John Huppenthal, and a governor who meets the president of the United States at the plane and begins shaking her finger at him — poor courtesy. My list also includes a school board president who is silent when her mother-in-law is being selected as a principal.

We held our education system with high respect and it performed earning that respect, but, with the meltdown at Pima Community College, Sunnyside and Tucson unified school districts, that respect is seriously damaged, if it exists at all.

It’s time for Arizona to start to work very hard to leave the “dumber than a box of rocks” status as a state and return to a state of leadership and pride.

Fred Pace