Tucson needs real shade, not palm trees

Re: the April 3 column "This is Tucson, so let's ditch the palm trees."

Tim Steller sure hit it on the head with his article about the palm trees in Tucson. My sentiments exactly, but I had never written about them.

I never understood why anyone would want a tree up 50 or so feet to be expensively trimmed when you could afford it or let the fronds fall on your neighbor's property or in the streets. My biggest problem was with the water they use and we are so extremely low on the water table.

No shade is also one of the main complaints I have against them. The shade is 50 feet up and does absolutely no good to the people below. Tucson needs shade!

I do agree that the wind blowing making sounds in the palms is soothing, if you can stand the 100 plus degrees outside in order to hear them. Thanks for listening.

Dollie E. Bender

Retired secretary, Tucson

UA hoops players deserve apology

Re: the April 2 article "Bounty remarks on Miller 'in jest.' "

Perhaps the most troubling aspect concerning the comments made by Ed Rush is the fact that Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott appears to never have intended to make the incident public. University of Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne seems to have been complicit, as he had known about the events that transpired in Las Vegas for nearly two weeks.

For an athletic department that claims to be a "players' program," it is a shame that Solomon Hill and the rest of the UA basketball team only found out about the incident thanks to an investigative report by Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports.

The least Scott and Byrne could have done was have had the decency to tell Hill, Kevin Parrom and Mark Lyons about the comments made by the head of Pac-12 basketball officiating and issue them a formal apology. Those three seniors may have lost their last conference basketball game in no small measure because of the unprofessional actions of Rush. The interests of the UA athletic director must always lie first with the student athletes and not with those of the conference commissioner.

Yuval Fleming

Unemployed, Tucson

Let's admit failure of US war on drugs

I'd like for addictive drugs to vanish from the face of the Earth. Not happening.

I'd like for the "war on drugs" to succeed. It's an expensive failure. The immense profits available from illegal drugs have created the incredibly violent Mexican cartels. The profits from drug sales fund gangs in our country as well as numerous other violent criminals in the supply chain - and we still have addicts.

We need to seriously discuss legalizing and commercial production and distribution of these drugs, just like we've done for alcohol. If we keep the total cost of these drugs down, the cartels and the whole vicious illegal drug dealing industry will die. We'll have huge cost savings in law enforcement and prison costs.

Let's have a serious discussion instead of being driven by fear and unachievable morality. We should do unbiased research into the issues and the options. Let's find something that works.

Kent Treiber

Retired researcher, author, SaddleBrooke

What would Tucson be without golf courses?

Retiring in 2000 from Wisconsin, I heard about a place called Tucson. What does it have to offer? The men's professional golfers (PGA) play here. The woman's professional golfers (LPGA) play here. Wow, four big-league baseball teams play here in the spring. I'm getting more excited all the time. On top of that, there are five public golf courses.

We can't ignore the weather; it's great! What good is the weather if you can't go out and do anything?

Make parks out of golf courses? I can go to parks in Wisconsin.

True, the Accenture is here for a few days a year and now it is on shaky ground.

Let's save what we have left and keep our golf courses so other retirees may come to Tucson.

Alfred H. Schaick