Letters to the editor

2013-11-10T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
November 10, 2013 12:00 am

Rosemont’s price

high, benefit low

Re: the Oct. 27 column “Rosemont’s benefits too small, short-term” and the Oct. 30 article “Rosemont, Game and Fish reach agreement.”

Arizona Game and Fish is willing to bless the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine if it gets money ($1 million per year for 10 years) and a 1,200-acre ranch “to manage” in Santa Cruz County. But I do not believe the drop-in-the-bucket offered to Game and Fish changes Tim Steller’s calculations in his earlier column.

In Steller’s wise and fact-filled analysis of the proposed mine, he concludes it’s too high an environmental cost for too little and too fleeting an economic benefit. The Bible offers similar advice about a different trade: Esau ought never to have sold his birthright to Jacob for fast food. The habitat targeted by Rosemont Copper is our birthright.

Michael Rosenzweig

Professor and director

of Tumamoc Hill, Tucson

Scramble cell signals while engine runs

Re: the Nov. 1 article “Trucker using Facebook at time of deadly crash.”

The National Highway Foundation has stated the No. 1 cause of highway deaths and injuries is now the use of cellphones while driving. Laws against their use and hands-free systems do not seem to affect the statistics.

There is a simple solution to this problem using present technology: a law requiring all motor vehicles to be equipped with a short range cell band scrambler that operates when the engine is running. This would require drivers to pull over and turn off their engine to use a cellphone.

Buz Sobel

Retired motor vehicle dealer,

Green Valley

Stranger’s kindness leaves big impression

I took our grandkids to Bookmans recently to look at software for the grandson’s Game Boy. He spotted a game at the expensive price of $25. While we were debating the cost and chores involved, an employee opened the case for a young man who was purchasing that game. Our grandson was disappointed, but said “that’s OK, he was here first.” After some consideration he settled on another game.

As we were purchasing the new selection, the young man tapped my grandson on the shoulder and asked him who his favorite game character was and then handed him the game and receipt. He said that he knew how it was and to enjoy the game. He then left, leaving a big smile on our grandson’s face.

Thank you to this unnamed hero who now has this little boy talking about how to pay this act of kindness forward!

Linda Foley

Grandma, Tucson

Sunnyside children deserve better from us

Re: the Nov. 6 article “Overrides fail in Sunnyside, pass in Foothills.”

Voters in the Sunnyside Unified School District have shown they don’t have the best interest of their children at heart by rejecting the budget override for the third time.

Voters have been vocal in their distrust of the district’s leadership. Isn’t it time to put aside these petty political squabbles and work for the good of the children? The district has lost $5.3 million in override funds in the past two years, and it’s projected the district will lose $8.9 million from the 2014-15 budget.

Proposed cuts include discontinuing all-day kindergarten and eliminating teacher and librarian positions. This will do more harm in the long run than any short-term savings.

What is the demographic makeup of the 53 percent who turned it down? Are they retirees, empty nesters who feel they’ve paid their dues, childless couples who have no stake in a child’s education, or just an uninformed electorate? Whatever the reasons the override failed, Sunnyside children are our future — they deserve better.

Maureen St. Pierre

Tucson

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