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Story on vaccines

handled expertly

Re: the Feb. 9 article “Small Tucson-based doctors group fueling national vaccine fears.”

Thank you for the excellent article by Stephanie Innes on the Tucson-based doctors who are fueling national vaccine fears. Not only did she explain the complex nest of problems posed by the increasing number of parents who are refusing to inoculate their children, but she did so without falling into the trap of “false balance.” It is so rare to see a news article on a controversial issue that doesn’t feel obliged to dig up someone, no matter how poorly qualified, to comment on the other side. I felt like cheering!

Ann Shoben

Northeast side

Artist feels compelled

to join in ‘free speech’

What on Earth is happening to those in charge of our city? Is there no reason to have and enforce any laws and rules of behavior for fear it offends someone? If sleeping, living and defecating on our public sidewalks is a statement of free speech, then I feel compelled to make one too. I am an artist and hope to take advantage of this lapse of judgment on the part of our lawmakers. I will be constructing a large, hideous sculpture made of recycled materials in a public park of my choosing in downtown Tucson. It will be my statement of free speech. I will decide what it is I’m saying once it is installed. Stay tuned.

Colleen Slater

Oro Valley

Can’t understand support

for Senate Bill 1371

Recently, Tucson Unified School District board member Michael Hicks stated his support for SB 1371, which would eliminate $64 million from the district. This is an irrational, malicious political move set to sabotage public education in our community. As a fellow board member, I ask: How can someone who took an oath to serve and protect the district advocate for such financial cuts?

The district’s Unitary Status Plan is a federal court mandate to increase academic achievement of our minority students and to remove past vestiges of segregation and discrimination. If passed, SB 1371 would eliminate magnet programs at 20 TUSD schools, nullifying the specialized curriculum at sites such as Tucson Magnet High School, Dodge Traditional Magnet Middle School and Davis Bilingual Magnet School.

Eliminating these funds would eradicate nearly 700 jobs and cut programs such as advanced learning experiences, family and community engagement services, and multicultural education and culturally relevant instruction.

I urge you to contact Mr. Hicks and demand an explanation and a retraction. We can’t turn around this ship if the people in charge are poking holes in our very foundation.

Kristel Ann Foster


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