Why am I hearing

news from Arpaio?

I’m afraid I have to take the Star to task for not covering some very important news for Arizona. I received a phone call from Sheriff Joe Arpaio this morning. He was asking me to vote for Tom Horne for attorney general. I tried to explain that I’d already sent in my ballot, but he just kept talking.

What he said astonished me. He told me that Tom Horne had taken on the Obama administration and defeated it when it tried to allow illegals to vote.

Isn’t this the kind of information I should be reading about in your newspaper? Why am I first hearing about this from Sheriff Joe?

Rich Bolton

Retired military, Tucson

Pay attention to bill

on national-forest fees

Re: the Aug. 5 column “Do-no-harm Congress better than some alternatives.”

Jared Bernstein’s opinion piece puts a positive spin on congressional behavior, but there’s still plenty to be concerned about — especially those bills that are under the political radar.

HR 5204 was introduced July 30 by Rob Bishop, R-Utah. It would give the U.S. Forest Service nearly unlimited authority to charge fees for any activity anywhere on national forest lands.

Current law allows for simple, basic access (parking and walking) when visitors are not using government-provided facilities. Authority to create complete economic enclosures combined with the Forest Service’s penchant for privatizing campgrounds, visitor centers, interpretive sites, trailheads, etc. raises the specter of total corporate control of public access to federally “protected” public lands.

The Bishop bill failed to pass the House before summer recess, but it will be waiting for us when Congress returns in September.

Greg Lewis

Musician, Tucson

$225M for Iron Dome

merely buys votes

With Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads concerning the budget of the United States, one issue enjoying enthusiastic bicameral acceptance is a $225 million donation to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

The two parties can’t agree on what to do about our ailing infrastructure but are willing to please AIPAC, thus greatly enhancing their re-election chances. And, most probably, 95 percent of them will achieve their objectives.

Shame on us, the taxpayers and voters.

Frederick Leinfest

Retired, Oro Valley

College doesn’t make

a lawmaker smart

Re: the Aug. 7 letter “Education backgrounds absent from voter guide.”

The letter states, “I value people who have the capability to discern the needs of people rather than cater to agendas generated from elsewhere,” implying that people with more education are more likely to have this capability.

In my eight years in the Arizona Legislature I saw no evidence of this correlation. Quite to the contrary, leaders in the Legislature with college degrees were just as likely, in some cases more likely, to ignore the needs of people and instead allow their ideology to dictate their positions.

The three Republican leaders in the current Arizona Senate all have college degrees; two of them are lawyers.

Phil Lopes

Former member, Arizona House

of Representatives, Tucson

Photo is a walk

down memory lane

Re: the Aug. 7 Throwback Thursday photo.

Amazing how a picture reminds me how I came to Tucson.

The Mount Lemmon Air Force Station was my first tour in the Air Force in June 1966. My first stop was the Marana Chevron for gas. Next memory was the smoke billowing from the stacks of the cement plant.

On the horizon from Ina Road was the city skyline with the Tucson Federal Savings and Loan building. As I got closer, Tucson Federal displayed the time and temperature.

Cruising Speedway and Johnnie’s Drive-in were the places to be. As a young airman, this was a great assignment. We had enough to occupy our time — mini-club and two-lane bowling alley, recreation hall, half basketball court with barbershop facility, dining hall and relatively new barracks. Bus service to and from Tucson twice a day with a station wagon for the midnight run.

I met my wife here and returned to Tucson after getting out of the service. No one knows where the future will lead you, and I have not regretted a day.

Donn Badman

Retired, Tucson