When US agencies kill, result is consistent
At day's end does it really matter whether U.S. targeted-killing operations are under CIA or Pentagon management? The net result is the same. Dead civilians.
General laborer, Tucson
Writer's anger aimed at US military
Re: the March 23 letter to the editor "City sells out again to war machine."
Guised as anger over his perception that the city "sold out its constituents" regarding Davis-Monthan Air Force Base operations, the writer resorts to snide and despicable remarks about the military which, I sense, is his real target.
To characterize the existence of D-M in Tucson as committing the city to the "perils of war" is a ludicrous exaggeration. The air base has been here in Tucson for some 88 years with an incredible safety record, considering the number of flights during that time. Furthermore, the base has changed operational procedures many times to reduce noise pollution and other impacts.
This city and its citizens are and should be proud of the fact that D-M is a major contributor to the defense of the country. Would the writer have no bases of any kind anywhere in the U.S.?
I can only guess why the writer seems to loathe the military. Perhaps he has never served and his quiet guilt can only be soothed by spewing venom.
James R. Terry
Retired U.S. Air Force, Tucson
Someday health reform will be revered
Re: the March 22 guest column "Why Brewer's proposal to expand Medicaid spending is smart policy."
How entirely appropriate it is that Mike Hammond's guest column comes right on the third anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act - most appropriate in that it points out the common-sense economic benefits of the Medicaid expansion provision of that act.
When the business leaders of the state speak out in this way, perhaps the state Legislature will recognize the necessity of listening - everyone should recognize that health care must always be provided, even to those who cannot afford to pay for it, and having the general government carry the burden of that cost has the effect of cutting hospital bills and insurance premiums for everyone else.
Many years from now, the Affordable Care Act will be regarded as having the same hallowed value as Social Security and Medicare do now, even though both were initially reviled much as the ACA is now … by some.
Glenn L. Pfeifer
Retired professor, Tucson
They protest too much about traffic cameras
To all those people who think the cameras monitoring traffic control lights should be elim- inated: What's your problem?
Have you run a red light and been ticketed? If yes, why did you run the light? Weren't you paying attention?
Traffic control lights are common and usually visible from at least half a block away.
Or do you believe that you should not have to stop for a red light?
Traffic lights have been with us in the U.S. for nearly 100 years. Should they be eliminated?
If you feel it's your "right" to not stop for a red light, would you obey the laws that apply if four-way stop signs were substituted for the lights?
Or is all this fussing about eliminating traffic observations by camera just another way of saying you don't care about other people?
That's the scariest of all the possible answers to "What's your problem?"
Arizona Game and Fish is wrong on wolves
Once again, Arizona Game and Fish has taken a wrong stance on delisting gray wolves from endangered species protection.
One has to look at the selection criteria for members of Game and Fish to realize they are hunters first and foremost.
The agenda is not predicated on science in any way, but on age-old misinformation and ignorance.
We must not let these kinds of actions prevail. Objective data demonstrate the importance of wolves in the ecosystem.
It is time to demand much better policies from Arizona Game and Fish.
Business owner, Tucson
TEP's leadership is good for Tucson
In 2011, Tucson Electric Power invested about $11 million in energy-efficiency programs. Energy efficiency helps Tucsonans lower their electric bills, reduces the amount of pollution from coal- or gas-fired power plants and creates local green jobs.
However, TEP's 2012 energy-efficiency plan has been stalled for more than a year by the Arizona Corporation Commission's inaction.
As a result, only about $5 million was invested in energy efficiency in Tucson in 2012.
Tucsonans saved less energy, less money, and many who work in the energy efficiency industry lost their jobs.
Despite the continued limbo imposed by the ACC on funding for these programs, TEP has decided to reinstate energy efficiency in Tucson.
TEP is showing a willingness to do the right thing, since approval of funding by the stalled-out ACC is not guaranteed.
Thank you, TEP, for taking a risk in order to make Tucson a better place.
Organizer, Sierra Club Grand Canyon chapter, Tucson