From Gov. Doug Ducey's policies to El Tour de Tucson, Arizona Daily Star readers voice their opinions.
Why worry over class with conservative ties?
Re: the Nov. 19 article “Unapproved econ class linked to Koch network stirs TUSD controversy.”
How many times have TUSD or other districts presented a curriculum that turns out to be “biased”? There is a minor bit of publicity and the matter is usually quickly forgotten. Let there be a program of study that leans a little conservatively and the apocalypse is upon us.Beware, the superintendent says. Koch brothers are infiltrating our schools! Really? The article mentions them but no clear direct link is established. As an educator, I’ve seen so many sets of curricula introduced and it’s not at all uncommon to find biases embedded within.
Why now? Why this program? Why the wringing of hands over this and not countless other biased programs?
Thomas E. Crawford
Don’t let ‘entail’ come back to America
The current tax reform package ends the estate tax and reinstitutes “entail,” locking earned or inherited wealth into a family in perpetuity. Entail was a feudal contrivance in England and the colonies, until it was ended by the Founding Fathers. Entail kept money and property out of public hands, reduced equality of opportunity and maintained an aristocracy. Thomas Paine referred to entail as a “monopoly of natural inheritance.” He proposed that “ground rent” be paid when an estate passes to a family member. (Estate tax?)
Thomas Jefferson paraphrased Adam Smith, writing, “power to dispose of estates forever is manifestly absurd. The earth and the fullness of it belongs to every generation, and the preceding one can have no right to bind it up from posterity. Such extension of property is quite unnatural.” Do not abolish the estate tax. Contact your representatives to vote against this version of tax reform.
Governor’s policies may be hurting children
The annual Arizona Child Fatality Report comes out every November. The number of children who died last year from maltreatment actually went down from 87 to 82. But in 2014, the year before Gov. Doug Ducey took office, 75 Arizona children died from abuse or neglect.
The decisions of the governor and the Legislature to cut services that support poor families and prevent abuse and neglect might have something to do with this rise in deaths. Last year, 76 percent of the children who died due to abuse and neglect were under 5 years old. The Legislature keeps cutting the budget so it can pay for huge tax cuts to the corporations and the wealthy and there is no proof that those cuts actually result in more jobs. But there might be some evidence that Arizona’s vulnerable children are paying for the tax cuts.
Our roads don’t seem to last very long
I have lived here 18 months, came from Michigan. While there over 50 years, I noticed that when a new or resurfaced road was completed, it would remain looking new. Unless damaged by accident or overweight trucks, or until water went into pores of asphalt in winter and froze, expanding as water does, causing holes.I
f holes were to appear in warm temperatures, the contractor was responsible for repairs. I have seen holes forming on one such road here south of Tucson in temperatures from a high of 90 to a low of 55, with zero rainfall. Having seen this, I have to wonder about the quality of both the materials and the process of application being used. I think we should expect more longevity from our roads.
TPD service needs improvement
I want to comment on how disgusting, disapointing and shameful I find the Tucson Police Department’s response to customers of this city. For the past several weeks, we’ve had a band rehearsing inside a residence every Sunday morning. I have contacted TPD several times and have gotten no response. On Nov. 19, I got what they termed a “courtesy call” from TPD about six hours later, saying that no officer was going to show up and what would I like to do. Really!Several months earlier, I had an alert from my security company that triggered a call about my residence, TPD showed up eight hours later.
It’s no wonder taxpayers in this community continue to vote down tax increases when you get service like what TPD gives? I am ashamed we have a Police Department like this, and you should be as well!
More Tour coverage would be appreciated
Your coverage of El Tour de Tucson following the ride was very limited considering the positive impact it has on Tucson. The front-page photo was wonderful, but there was not more coverage in “Tucson & Region” as noted. You listed the top finishers in the Sports section and only listed men, yet noted a couple of women in the article. Why is there not a list of the women, as well?
You did make note that one could go online to see a list of all of the finishers, but in the past, you have listed all of the riders and their finishing times, but not this year. That was a missed piece by many. More coverage would encourage others to ride in future years. And for those many who came from out of town, they would have enjoyed taking the Star home with their name in it.
El Tour organizers should clean up mess
Sunday morning I took a walk along Twin Peaks Road, east towards Interstate 10. From Silverbell Road to Coachline Road, I was amazed at the amount of empty plastic water bottles. I walk this area daily and I know for certain these were left from the Tour de Tucson riders. It’s very sad that those in charge of this race cannot take the time to have a cleanup committee take care of this.