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Mailbag: April 13

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On ‘Prop. 100 debated,’ April 12

If the university students and employees of this state really started focusing their voting power to improve education, they would really make an impact.

Education funding is controlled mainly by our legislature, and people really need to pay attention who they are voting for. We have several state Senators and Representatives in Tucson who voted against education funding 100 percent of the time last year. People should fact check through the ASA or the Arizona Education Network Web site to see if the legislators’ rhetoric matches their actions. Time to get engaged and fix this situation … the sales tax is just a small piece of the puzzle!

— Anonymous

Let me just add that Farrell Quinlin said that failure was an option. That is what the anti-100 groups want — failure for the state of Arizona. As Ms. Pedersen said, failure is not an option, and I believe most Arizonans would agree with her. Vote YES for Prop. 100 and let’s take this first step on the path to solve Arizona’s financial problems.

— Anonymous

I’m tired of being taxed to death. I pay 38 percent of my paycheck to Fed, State, Fica, etc etc. This doesn’t include property tax, auto license tax/registration fees or sales tax. We need to fix the system rather than just raising taxes. There is a lot of waste in education that needs to be reduced/eliminated. I’m voting NO ON 100!!

— Anonymous

Well, several teachers just got laid off in my child’s school. This is not right. When are we supposed to vote? My vote is to PASS 100.

— Anonymous

On ‘Man barricades himself in apartment near campus,’ April 12

Could it be that the man with “”a sharp edged knife-like weapon”” was afraid of the police when they arrived, and that’s the reason he took refuge in his apartment. Sgt. Fabian Pacheco calls in a SWAT team, blocks off streets, and makes a big extravaganza out of the affair, costing the city of Tucson an enormous sum of money and using up the valuable time of officers sitting around with their knitting doing nothing while the drug-cartels who are really dangerous are slowly marauding deeper into the United States. Look, Sarge, why don’t you go after the real bad guys who have grenade-launchers. automatic weapons, hand-grenades, C-4 plastic and primer cord instead of wasting the taxpayers’ time and money piddling.

— Michael J. Beisch

Letter to the editor

Please, please before you guys write ANYMORE articles, do RESEARCH. I don’t know how many times I’ve read your paper, only to see you guys print comments from concerned students/teachers and residents who have to correct the misinformation that was printed in the previous newspapers. How is this good journalism? Are you guys even rereading the paper and validating the facts before printing it?

Making sure that reliable sources are used?

I wrote an opinion comment on this earlier this year, and I’ve seen others do the same. If the readers of your newspaper are telling you to get the facts straight, why aren’t you? For instance, I was looking at the comments of an article, and saw someone make a correction on the impacts of smoking cigarettes on the body. There was the misinformation given where one of your reporters stated “”billion”” instead of “”million”” in reference to the footprints discovered. (I don’t remember when this article ran).

So please, before you lose anymore readers take this as a precaution and DO something. Actively take a role in making sure the news you are giving students is actually accurate.

When you have students who are writing the paper to say, “”You really have no clue as to what you are talking about, and have no business writing this gaming news article or any article for that matter (April 8th).”” or “”It damages the credibility of your paper and the integrity of your academic institution (April 5th).”” It looks poorly on us, the students at this institution. This is especially true if you notice that both of these comments came out in the same week.

This should be a red flag for the staff at the Daily Wildcat. All of you working for the paper should be stopping in your tracks and asking, “”How can we prevent these problems from occurring again? What can we do to improve this paper? How can we apply the criticism given to us to better our work?”” You cannot make everyone happy, but you can write solid pieces and take into consideration what the students are asking for. It’s not hard, I promise you.

— Carolyn Rende

Psychology and business undergraduate

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