Careless smokers can cause large fires
While driving east on Interstate 10 Saturday night I was passing a utility truck pulling a small pavement roller. As I passed, the driver flipped a lit cigarette out his window. This careless act could cause a major fire, with loss of property or life.
We ban fireworks because they are dangerous during fire season year-round. We should also ban smoking as it causes fires through the acts of careless smokers.
Retired law enforcement officer, Benson
Nothing funny about hearing loss
I have witnessed an extreme lack of understanding by the general public regarding hearing impairment. I have observed other sufferers subjected to rude, insulting, unkind remarks and even mockery that was unbelievably construed as humorous.
The uninformed participants may include cashiers, clerks and a variety of others. I'm certain the blind are not treated in this manner, and this may be due to its tangible nature whereas hearing is intangible.
No one chooses this deficiency, and mine originated from having served in the U.S. Army well over 50 years ago. May I suggest everyone be more understanding, patient and compassionate and not treat the handicapped as mentally deficient. And no, I do not exercise selective hearing. So please bear with us - this malady is remarkably devoid of humor.
John F. Westhoff
Retired, Green Valley
Don't cut jobs related to global warming
Empirical data by experts say there is no global warming. It gets hot in the summer, cold in winter. Yet the president insists there is and causes job losses by cutting jobs he says cause global warming.
This is happening at a time when jobs are badly needed to pay down our trillions in debt and get people off the dole.
End-of-life treatment the focus of coalition
Re: the June 24 article "End-of-life document is quietly entering use."
Thank you so much for publishing this article on end of life documents. I appreciate it, especially the referral to Physician Ordered Life Sustaining Treatments (POLST).
I am happy to report that St. Joseph's Hospice in Scottsdale has received a grant to institute POLST and a coalition to get Arizona to become a POLST state has formed.
Several of us from Tucson are part of the coalition, which has monthly conference calls.
Snowden not an accidental traitor
Re: the June 25 letter to the editor "US wrong to label Snowden a traitor."
The administration has taken heat from an aggressive conservative media for accusing Edward Snowden of espionage.
A Chinese newspaper states that he handed China a great deal of information through hours of debriefing, after admitting to reporters that he deliberately went to work for a U.S. intelligence contractor to gather highly classified information of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs he hoped to expose.
He took the job because it would give him access to computers around the world. It was not a spur of the moment decision.
Snowden complains about violations of civil liberties in America. So where does he travel? China, Russia - with a goal of ending up in Ecuador, a government that passed a law that will silence free speech. All of these countries have great records on civil liberties.
This traitor has done irreparable damage to our security.
Woes written in rhyme about Rosemont Mine
Re: the June 18 article "Rosemont Mine's water permit upheld."
Do you think they oughta
Poison the lands,
Use our precious water?
Lots of jobs for moms and pops
Until the price of copper drops
.... And the mining stops.
Come on now, couldn't you guess
What's left behind is an awful mess.
Promises made - just weren't kept
And we and the Santa Ritas wept.
Don't give in to the money's allure
Let's keep our lands clean and pure.
Cordial discussion leads to complete solutions
Life is life and not many lives are different in thoughts, words and deeds. More can be accomplished by the act of courtesy, listening, arguing or even disagreeing in cordial exchange. What does one gain by falsehoods or language that threatens or dehumanizes each other? If one can talk and discuss, a complete wise solution can come. One should give it a try.
Let us all try this journey.