Sportsmen’s Fund thrives with reader assist
The title of this letter says all of it. For these of you who don’t know what the Sportsmen’s Fund is, pardon my swagger as a result of we is perhaps one of many oldest, most-beneficial youth nonprofits in Southern Arizona you’ve by no means heard of. Why? Two causes: First, over 98 cents of each greenback we increase is used to ship economically deprived youngsters from Southern Arizona to an in a single day summer season camp, and second, we’ve been doing it since 1947. Properly over 40,000 youngsters have gone to camp on a Sportsmen’s Fund scholarship.
These youngsters have the chance to “unplug,” to play, to speak, to guide and to study the life expertise that can assist make them profitable adults, away from their probably hostile atmosphere.
With the assistance of the Star and all of the superb readers of the Star who financially supported the fund, we exceeded our purpose of $200,000 and raised $211,890!
On the behalf of the children and the fund, thanks!
Because of Reagan for voter-info swap
As one of many thousand Arizonans who emailed Secretary of State Michele Reagan to protest her unique resolution to collaborate with Kris Kobach’s Orwellian “Election Integrity Fee” by handing over private knowledge on each registered voter in our state, I discovered it heartening that Reagan rigorously responded to public opinion and reversed her resolution.
It provides one hope to assume that residents can categorical an affordable grievance in a civil method to the suitable public official on a particular matter and truly have their voices heard. It’s particularly apropos that this information was a front-page headline within the Arizona Each day Star (“In swap, Ariz. received’t give panel voter information”) on July four, a day when Individuals have a good time their independence from tyrannical rule.
Lack of pay increase hurts county staff
How for much longer can we take it? Pima County workers will but once more not obtain a increase this 12 months (final 12 months we did, nonetheless, obtain a “token” increase that actually didn’t quantity to a lot).
Since 2008, county workers have taken house the identical pay whereas the worth of insurance coverage premiums and all the things else has gone up. Alongside the best way, county workers have been doing the job(s) of two or three folks by way of attrition. Extra work, similar pay.
I do know for a indisputable fact that being understaffed causes pressure and stress, which ends up in an unhealthy work atmosphere.
The county board and manger can ask for cash for roads (let’s see how that works), however by no means thoughts its workers. Does everybody bear in mind County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s $35,000 increase final 12 months (wow, good for him — not good for the remaining).
I suppose we’re to really feel grateful for having a job, maybe that’s the mentality of each the county board and manger. I want the administrators, managers and supervisors employed would communicate on the behalf of their workers. No such luck. Properly, time to tighten the belt even tighter.
Please assist us breathe simpler.
Good needs for hearth crews
Re: the July four article “Burro Fireplace: Blaze spreads to over 21,000 acres; crews to make use of Mount Lemmon freeway as hearth break”
Ideas and prayers to the numerous hearth crews.
Preserve the religion and energy.
Veterans shouldn’t need to depend on charity
I’d wish to say that Sen. John McCain’s three July op-ed, “Serve our service members to honor Independence Day,” left me chilly. I’m a Marine fight veteran of the Vietnam Battle on incapacity from the VA. McCain primarily urged us to present and take charity to honor our army service. Evidently as an alternative of being rewarded by a grateful nation, we’ve grow to be charity instances. Who desires to be a charity case?
I’m a Democrat, however I’d wish to suggest a Republican-style resolution to honor veterans. Why not give us tax breaks? We’ve earned it. All veterans might obtain a tax credit score of say $5,000 a 12 months. These of us who’re fight veterans needs to be fully tax-exempt. Army service is, in any case, a heavy tax on one’s life and bodily and psychological well being.
If the Republicans would institute common well being care, our well being and psychological well being can be dealt with. Please do one thing aside from ask those that have sacrificed a lot to depend on charity.