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Right vote by McSally to renew Ex-Im Bank

This week a bipartisan majority of lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.

Our U.S. Rep. Martha McSally was one of the 313 members who voted to reauthorize Ex-Im and for that she should be applauded. Rep. McSally understands that increased trade means jobs and Ex-Im is a vital tool for businesses to hire more workers.

It has supported over 5,000 jobs in Arizona between 2007-2014. And several of the 1,300 companies the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents have used it as a way to create high-paying jobs. Some in Congress claim that Ex-Im chooses winners and losers; however, the only winners are U.S. companies at the expense of foreign competitors.

I commend Rep. McSally for standing up for Arizona jobs. The Senate needs to follow the House’s lead and vote to reauthorize Ex-Im.

Lea Marquez Peterson

President, Tucson Hispanic

Chamber of Commerce


More science stories

from Beal, please

With his Nov. 1 article on paleoclimatologist Jessica Tierney (“Inked researcher writes own climate histories”), Tom Beal continues his stellar record of bringing the work of local scientists to Star readers in digestible form.

My only suggestion for improvement would be for his articles to appear more often.

Walter Hurley


Scant attention given to TUSD recall effort

Frankly, I am disappointed by the lack of media attention (TV, newspaper, etc.) that has been given to recall petitions for Tucson Unified School District board members Adelita Grijalva, Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster.

These three voted to give the superintendent a 25 percent pay raise. This money could certainly have been better spent purchasing items for our children. I would urge readers to sign these petitions so this does not happen again.

Gerri Cass

Northeast side

Americans complicit in Palestinian deaths

In October 2015, Israeli forces killed 71 Palestinians, 15 of them children, and 5 of them gassed to death; at least 1,200 were injured. Nine Israelis were killed, and more injured, including one stabbed by an Israeli Jew who “thought he was an Arab.”

We only see news when Israeli lives are lost, although Palestinian lives are every bit as precious. The violence against Palestinians is ongoing. It includes detention of children as young as 12 who are not given a trial or even charged.

As Americans, we are complicit in this oppression because of the $3 billion in military aid our government gives to Israel every year. If we care about peace and justice, our only option is to support the growing nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Abby Okrent

South Tucson

Focused bond measure could have passed

The bewilderment of the local leaders at the complete rejection of the county bond packages is bewildering. The county Board of Supervisors got too greedy.

Councilman Steve Kozachik summarized the reason in referring to the roads portion, “The single most important item got buried in the Christmas ornaments — trying to put on something for everybody ended up giving people something to vote against.”

Others have lamented that the roads and the flood control portions were absolutely critical, so why didn’t the county focus on these?

The overwhelming support for Tucson’s $100 million roads bond showed that voters will support well-focused, essential projects. The passage of most of the school budget overrides also shows that local citizens will support good projects.

A $200 million county bond for roads and flood control would probably have passed.

John Schmitz

West side

Curiously, re-election

comes without a raise

This is an election question that should be answered.

Proposition 405, which would give the mayor and council a nice raise, was soundly defeated. If the people didn’t think they were doing a good job and didn’t deserve a raise, why did they vote to re-elect them?

Ken Smalley


Property owners asked

to pay for everything

Re: the Nov. 5 article “Bond plan’s size might have scared off voters.”

As a homeowner in Pima County, I voted no on all of the bonds. Here are my reasons:

1. In 13 years of living at our home we have seen our taxes double.

2. We live on a dirt road that rarely gets tended to by the county. It got its best attention when Twin Peaks Road went in, nearly four years ago.

3. Why do property owners have to pay for everything? Why can’t we increase the sales tax or do a gas tax? That way everyone helps to pay, not just property owners.

Until we come up with solutions that has everyone who lives here paying for the needed improvements, I will vote no.

Marcey DiCaro

Northwest side

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