Despite heroism, Giffords is not able to represent us
Bob Kovitz is absolutely correct (“Replacing Giffords by election would be costly,” July 27, 2011) regarding the process for replacing a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives. There is no excuse for ignorance. I apologize to the readers.
However, we remain unrepresented in Congresswoman Gifford’s district. We have been preached to about the importance of every vote at election time.
The potential expense of not having a vote representing our district far outweighs the expense of a special election.
I recognize Congresswoman Giffords made an heroic effort to vote on the debt ceiling bill. That alone is proof she is not yet capable of expending the energy necessary to represent us.
I believe Congresswoman Giffords should resign so we may employ the process provided in the Constitution to fill what, as a practical matter, is a vacancy.
Time for Democrats to stand up for beliefs
We are watching a slow lynching of Barack Obama’s presidency, and he is compromising on the size of the noose. Enough compromise. It is time to stand firm against the tyranny of the Tea Party and other right-wing zealots.
It is time for the Democratic Party to reframe itself as the party of the people, the party of progress. It is time to go to the streets and shout, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
There comes a point at which compromise becomes acquiescence.
Doug Mitchell, Northwest Tucson
Believes he knows why Marana supports Rosemont Copper
In last week’s edition, while reading the letter from Mr. Kurtis (“Mine’s scar will forever remain,” Aug. 10, 2011) regarding Marana’s support for the Rosemont Copper Mine, I, too, wondered why the town would get involved.
Afterall, the proposed mine and its resulting adverse environmental impacts are miles away. Marana will not see any direct benefit from the overuse of the groundwater; ruining the natural habitat (20 years, but, the desecration will last forever) nor the 400 temporary jobs it will generate. Even the profits will go to Canada, not to Marana.
I wondered about all this until I noticed the ad for the Music in the Park event on page 7 (of The Explorer). Lo and behold, this town event is “Sponsored by: Rosemont Copper.”
John Lutzel, Marana
Let’s send what our troops need
God bless our troops. All of them. Those serving overseas and those here at home. Those on active duty and those who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
They serve because they love America and want to do what is right for her. That is something that certain members of Congress should observe and act accordingly.
I have helped pack and ship hundreds and hundreds of care packages to deployed troops. They are filled with items those who are deployed have asked for. None of them have ever asked to have tea bags included.
Salsa, yes. Tea bags, never.
Jerry Lujan, SaddleBrooke
Residents should pay their share for fire service
The problems associated with fire district annexations, as explained in the Aug. 10 article (“MVFD to cease service in annexation areas”), are remarkable.
It seems counterproductive to allow homeowners to decide whether or not they will pay taxes to support the local fire district. We all pay taxes to provide for services and structures we need to function as an orderly society.
Fire and emergency protection is one of those very, very basic things. I live in the Golder Ranch Fire District, and I am happy and proud to pay my taxes to support and protect my community.
I expect my neighbors (whose fire could spread to my property) to do the same.
Jo M. Holt, Oro Valley