Jonathan Hoffman: Are you open to Green Party perspectives (Guest Commentary, Nov. 26)?
The key to cooperative residences in any neighborhood is communication. The fact that the Feldman's Neighborhood Association did exist before developer Mike Goodman planned the mini-dorm development (with the aid of Tucson Development Services) doesn't mean he ever communicated his intentions with the association. It was only after approval by City Council that the developer recognized the Feldman's Neighborhood Association as worthy of communication.
The Guest Commentary that appeared in the Nov. 26 issue was riddled with inaccuracies, as is typical of conservative writings on the subject of community efforts to reduce the deleterious impact of mini-dorm developments in our city.
Feldman's Neighborhood isn't anti-diversity or specifically anti-student. We are anti-mini-dorm, and one of the reasons is the astonishing amount of crime associated with these structures. I did an analysis of crime statistics, and here's what I found: The main cluster of mini-dorms contains 2.5 percent of the residential addresses in Feldman's, but it has 11.4 percent of the police incidents. The incidents include arson, kidnapping and assault on police officers.
We are doing our best to address this serious problem. One could certainly speculate as to whether zoning laws are the best imaginable tool for the job in the best of all possible worlds. But here in the real world, we use the tools available.
Vice president, Feldman's Neighborhood Association
Regarding "A Letter From Dogpatch," Nov. 26:
As long as people are allowed to be ignorant regarding how to care for an animal, where disease comes from and how it is spread, as well as spay and neutering, the Pima Animal Care Center will have its hands full.
Instead of getting on PACC's seriously flawed case, the origin of the problem needs to be addressed. Guess what it is? Poverty and ignorance. Let's have the county have a go at that.
I work with a rescue organization. One way to truly help is to volunteer. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, dog-walkers are so needed. Become a foster parent and foster a dog or cat through one of the rescue organizations in Tucson. There is a list on the Pima Animal Care Center Web site. We are always looking for committed foster homes! Spay and neuter your pets. Help a rescue organization or PACC by making tax-deductible donations to them, or donate food or supplies. Most importantly, quit thinking of family pets as disposable. Start thinking of them as part of the family. Quit relying on someone else to take over your responsibilities in life, and become a responsible, loving human being, and be compassionate. It starts with all of us helping. Without all of us working as a team, nothing will ever be accomplished, and the only ones that really suffer are the animals in Pima County.
The problem isn't going to go away if we keep the focus on the dysfunctional animal organizations (and that's all of them). They are too interested in self-promotion, power games and lying to the public. Forget them. If you want an animal, rescue one off the street. At least you'll know where it came from—and it won't have been sprayed with toxic chemicals every morning, or won't have spent the day languishing in a cage or a lonely room.
But Tucson's ignorant, uneducated, violent and shiftless population—where backyard breeding, throwaway cats and keeping neglected, poorly socialized dogs "fer pertekshun" are normal—has got to change. I am not pointing any racial fingers here. "Trash" comes in all colors. Compassionate animal care needs to be taught all the way through school as part of health classes.
Oh, wait. Those of you with the guard dogs are too busy voting against "eddycayshun" if you vote at all, and the politicians are too busy catering to the least-educated, most-violent element of society to allocate any money to the schools.
Tucson. Dumb, ignorant, violent ... and proud of it.
If the former animal care officer is not describing "an accurate assessment of what goes on at PACC," than why didn't they let the reporter and Supervisor (Ray) Carroll view the euthanasia process? Somebody is not being honest. Personally, I believe former officer Trissy Coppens demonstrates tremendous integrity by speaking out—unlike her former colleagues.
Regarding the review of Weezer's Raditude, Rhythm & Views, Nov. 26:
I think you've given this turd a little more credit than it deserves. And the social criticism in this album is about as pointed and credible as that Beverly Hills song they had a while back that you can still hear in T.J. Maxx. This doesn't even pass the greasy hipster I-like-it-ironically-hurr standards. Way more painful than fun.