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My friends and I just came back from enjoying the Asian Lantern Festival at the Reid Park Zoo. It is awesome. The hand-sewn figures of the animals were dazzling. We went online to buy our tickets so we didn't have to stand in line. The show was excellent and the gazillion lights were magical…

As courts on the East Coast have started to bring down so-called elected and appointed officials who used their power with corrupt intent, so can Arizona courts bring down mining companies and local officials who willingly and knowingly ignored the opinion of experts from the public, and eve…

Why do we still use the Blue Bins for recycling? China and India no longer import our plastic, metals, cardboard and over 20 more categories of trash. Where is our “recycling” going? Many large cities have a glut of plastic, electronics, cardboard, and the rest of the stuff we used to sell t…

As a daily reader/subscriber of the Az Daily Star, I believe Steller's column should be moved to the Opinion section.

My kids have grown up camping in the Santa Rita’s and Cienega Valley southeast of Tucson, climbing trees, playing in the creeks, and running through the grasses trying to spot prairie dogs. For my Mom’s 70th birthday last year, my brother and his wife came in from San Diego and we spent the …

First it was bike sharing then Uber/Lyft across the world: Here come motorized scooters. 70+ USA cities permit these 5- 20 mph short trip vehicles. Scooters are safer/ easier to ride than bicycles, environmentally friendly, less intrusive than the smallest Smart Cars. Scooters are the next s…

I usually stay in my neighborhood but I had the great ability to go down some of the main streets and I almost had to put on military jacket for protection. If I was a business person and thought about bringing my business to Tucson I would have second thoughts after driving on the roads. I …

So as I understand it a Phoenix woman whose arm was mauled by the jaguar after she climbed over the wall to take a selfie is holding the zoo responsible. Sounds like the stupidity defense: I'm too stupid to know better and therefore I'm not responsible for what happened. Unfortunately there'…

For those of us that drive East from Camino Seco to Houghton know to say the least it's a driving challenge! But with a little patience we will end up with a State of the Art road. While all this is going on we need to thank Greg Orsini Project Engineer who despite all the recent weather rai…

Your headline on March 11, 2019, is inaccurate. It should read, "Prescription drugs draw elderly who hope for cures for pain and discomfort." Most elderly people (I'm 97) want to feel better. In my opinion, only youngsters (people under 70) take drugs to fight aging.

In San Diego, a rent-a-scooter on your sidewalk will stop suddenly. Left in a doorway, maybe at your destination. People trip over it. A rolling mess of litter. Is Tucson smarter than San Diego, enough to ban them? Hope so.

Having spent quite a bit of time in downtown San Diego over the last several years, I know how problematic e-scooters can be. Riders have no concern for anyone’s safety, feel no obligation to abide by traffic laws, and ignore common sense. My mind cannot erase the image of a young father on …

I tried an e-scooter for the first time a couple weeks ago in Phoenix. No helmet, once around a park, and then I was ready to brave the streets! The scooter was surprisingly easy to balance and control. Instead of driving to Old Town Scottsdale from our hotel and burning time and gas to find…

Mort Rosenblums recent article on the proposed Rosemont mine was insightful. His measure of tourism vs. mine revenues indicates that tourism creates a more sustainable stream of revenue for the state. If the mine were to be built, this beautiful and pristine place would be gone. The majority…

in response to "Mort Rosenblum: The true cost of Rosemont mine", I think we need to realize that rather than reducing tourism, the mine will actually INCREASE visitor spending as vendors, and others flock to the mine to do business with them. Tourist will come to SEE the mine, as they have t…

As people on social security we cannot afford the new $32 vehicle registration fee, which is huge. When we drive an older car that has a minimum license fee, it almost doubles. Must be great for high roller government people.

To the city council: Go ahead, allow the scooters, you will be sorry. We will be hearing about "closed door meetings to discuss privately how to pay the law suits because of the accidents of the scooters."