Student-housing balconies

are a dumb idea

Whoever thought it was a good idea for college students to have balconies in a high-rise student-housing complex? I apologize to those students who respect the rules and aren’t tossing things over the railing, but it’s only a matter of time before a beer bottle (or a chair) lands on a pedestrian’s head and kills the person. We may have to endure a fatality before the balconies get banned.

Liz Van Loan


‘Capital punishment’

in reality is murder

Re: State to switch execution drugs

Just before Christmas, Arizona officials were deciding which drugs are best for executing someone. In justification of a prior botched execution, officials referred to a “properly trained execution team” and maintained that the “execution was handled in accordance with all procedures which meet or exceed national standards” and was carried out with “utmost professionalism.”

So we are training professional killers to meet “national standards” for murder? It’s called capital punishment, and it meets all of the criteria for first-degree murder: “intentionally causing the death of another human being with special intent to kill, premeditation and deliberation,” except that it is, sadly, not unlawful. How can we call ourselves a “civilized” nation? I once had a bumper sticker that said it all: Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?

Robert Swaim

East side

McSally should remember

not everyone backed her

Last Sunday in the Star, newly elected Congresswoman Martha McSally said, “It’s Time to Unite for Southern Arizona.” She then goes on to quote her own campaign and mention her support for better economic opportunity and efforts to promote the safety of our community as reasons we should support her. I hate to tell her this, but these were also areas Ron Barber advanced. McSally would be wise to try to learn why roughly 50 percent of the electorate did not support her.

James Zuelow


A vibrant city lures

talented young people

What do you think when you travel to another city and see people out and about, walking, dining, shopping, biking? There’s a vibrancy there that car-oriented cities lack. Vibrant places are what college-educated young adults want. Numerous studies show educated youths are choosing where to live rather than letting jobs dictate their moves. When it comes to our economy, there’s one outstanding reason why we should want them here — they’re innovative.

Economic development has much to do with innovation. And innovation has much to do with talented youths. If we aim for a healthy economy driven by new ideas, we must keep and lure young adults here. We need the kind of city they desire — a people-oriented community with sense of place — the seeds of which are richly planted throughout the Broadway urban core.

San Francisco, Portland, Austin and Seattle are winners when attracting young professionals. Yes, these cities all have jobs to offer as well, but which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Linda Dobbyn