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Mailbag: Feb. 24

Letters to the editor

Put the brakes on iPhone app

Mr. Ben Bassat, creator of the new iPhone application, ASafeDrive 3.0, hold on just a second. You’re trying to tell me that I can download an application for my phone that will tell me my speed and the speed limit of the road on which I am traveling? What a creative invention! I guess I didn’t notice the speedometer on my car, which has existed since about 1910 or the posted speed limit signs, which have been around since before the modern automobile, because I was busy updating my Facebook status while driving and wondering aloud about another phone application to distract me further!

I understand we are in a technological age, but seriously? Phone usage while driving is bad enough as is, and if the ‘No Texting While Driving Act’ passes the Arizona House of Representatives, the new excuse to police officers will be “”But Sir, I was just checking my speed!”” Keeping a quick eye on your speed and the signs that are on the side of the road is hardly a distraction, as your head and eyes remain forward.

The idea for ASafeDrive as a phone application is creative, I suppose, but please, how about just paying more attention to your driving instead of endangering others by using your phone?

Eric Kolb

Public management and policy senior

On angels’ wings

Matthew Shepard died at 21 — killed because he was gay. At his funeral, an anti-gay group of people carried signs bearing offensive slurs against homosexuals.

In response, a group of Matthew Shepard’s friends built sets of angel wings to separate the anti-gay protest from the funeral itself.

At the UA, Brother Jed made numerous misogynist, racist, homophobic and otherwise hateful remarks. A particular chant sticks out in my mind that goes something like “”No, no homo.””

In response, a group of UA students built sets of angel wings rigged with PVC pipe and bedsheets to separate the hateful remarks from the rest of campus.

It’s a breachable barrier. But it’s a barrier for those who’d prefer not to listen to what he has to say.

Sean Pagaduan

Business administration senior

Snow joke: Rail Jam bummer for the earth

Regarding the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour: It is doubtful that the people, who steal from surrounding mountains, including the individuals who bring down a load in their pickup, are aware that their actions are hastening the destruction of delicately-balanced ecosystem. The flora and fauna of both the mountains and surrounding valleys depend on the water from snowmelt for survival. It is a travesty that desert-dwelling humans don’t know or care that their few minutes of fun will add to the destruction of a very special area. By the way, isn’t it illegal to remove anything from out national forests?

Sandra Almasy

Tucson resident

Comments from

‘Which thing is not like the other?,’ Feb. 23

Great piece, timely and vitally important to start voicing opinions now, seeing as how this will be voted on in only three weeks at the next ABOR meeting.


Well, with the tuition increases over the last few years, there hasn’t been a drop in enrollment — it’s actually increased. If you can’t pay, they’ll find someone who can pay. And that’s what they have been doing.


‘Thou shalt not mix religion and government,’ Feb. 22

What a great idea! Spend money the state does not have to erect a statue that we don’t need. At the same time, the state legislature is wasting time and money even writing and debating this (not to mention the cost of building and erecting this BS). They have cut money for adult education, university education, K-12 education, homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, programs for the disabled and the list could go on and on. Way to go, Arizona Republicans!


Aside from the fact that only two of the Ten Commandments are actually laws, it is funny and disgusting how Sen. Pearce, or anyone for that matter, can get away with making the claim that if everyone followed the Ten Commandments, then the world would be a better place. The First Commandment is to hold no gods before the Judeo-Christian one. Does that mean it is Sen. Pearce’s opinion that the world would be a better place if everyone followed the Judeo-Christian god? In other words, does Sen. Pearce believe the world would be a better place if everyone was either Jewish or Christian? How is it that in a pluralistic society such as these wonderful United States, someone can make such an ethnocentric statement without having to retire in disgrace?

Concerned voter

The Ten Commandments form the foundation of our laws?

Yeah, just the other day I was arrested for not honoring the Sabbath and worshiping a false idol.

Zac Finger

You need to read the U.S. Constitution. You need a trip to Washington D.C. to see the 10 Commandments and other biblical teachings built into the Supreme Court and other buildings there — not in recent times, either. There is no mention of the “”separation of church and state”” in the Constitution. It sounds like you are regurgitating what the progressives are teaching in school from kindergarten to college, as they re-write history. You are ignorant of the facts. Don’t take my word for it, research it yourself.


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