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If Only the Legislature Were Doing Things to Help the Economy ...

I read your feature article "Blogislature 2012" (Feb. 9) and noticed the conspicuous absence of a heading for legislation regarding the Arizona economy—things like jobs, business development and balancing our state spending with income. I would think this would be important to cover. Many of the other issues could be partially solved if more people were employed and paying taxes, retailers were collecting more sales taxes, and more businesses were profitable enough to pay income taxes.

In Tucson alone, new business licenses have declined for four years, and I imagine existing licenses have had a similar path downward. Let's read more about what the Legislature is planning to do to help our economy and job-creation, and less about issues that excite the far left and far right.

Ken Smalley


Terri Proud Is Ignorant Regarding Muslims, Culture

I am writing in response to your article "Blogislature 2012," and Terri Proud's sponsoring of HB 2563.

It was her views about certain religions and cultures that prompted this letter, specifically this statement: "And even if you look at societies that have built their foundation on the Quran, look how primitive they still are based on that. There's no art ... ."

Sadly, this Tucson representative is lacking in intellectual curiosity and knowledge of people she calls "primitive." On the contrary, Islam's history is rich in art, culture and architecture. Dubai, which is a modern Arab state, has the tallest building in the world at 162 floors.

In Islamic Art and Architecture, author Robert Hillenbrand says: "Islamic Cordoba in its prime had no peer in Europe for the amenities of civilized life. ... Its houses were supplied with hot and cold running water, its streets were lit at night, and its royal library had 40,000 books, where the major libraries in Western Europe scarcely had a thousand. In this city, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together with a degree of harmony rare in the Middle Ages."

I suggest Ms. Proud get on the Internet, visit a library and investigate Islamic history. She would find a fascinating world awaiting her.

Dorothea R. Winston


Just Say No to Ties—But Hell Yes to Short Skirts!

I am in agreement with most topics covered in Tom Danehy's Feb. 23 column. But, once again, Tom has claimed that men wearing ties is somehow related to being a "professional."

Ties are nothing more than a holdover from the past. I am very happy to see them on the decline, and I will be happier when ties are completely gone. In addition to harboring all kinds of microbes, ties serve no useful purpose and can cause neck/head blood-circulation problems. I know this, because at one time, I was required to wear a tie at work. I was so happy when this requirement was dropped. Not only did my mood improve, but I also felt a sense of relief by not having a tie snugged up around my neck.

Also, Tom complains about a "too-short skirt" on a school administrator. So what? Just avert your eyes, Tom, if you find something that doesn't agree with you.

During my high school years, I had a female teacher who wore short skirts, and she looked great! Her appearance did not affect the learning environment, except to say that I paid attention to her. I remember that teacher to this day, and it was because of the various life stories that she shared with our class. I don't know if my attention would've been so keen if she had worn a pantsuit instead.

Men's ties, along with being a culturally bound clothing item, are an anachronism, and the sooner they are gone, the better. Skirt length is also culturally bound. Neither of these clothing choices affect the way a person thinks or presents themselves.

Peter Ianchiou


Mythologically Speaking, the GOP Is Indeed Becoming a Greek Tragedy

Regarding Jim Nintzel's comments on Rush Limbaugh ("Rush Limbaugh Thinks Women Should Have to Post Videos of Themselves Having Sex If They Use Contraception Funded in Some Way by Government," The Range, March 1): I think Sen. John McCain got it right a few weeks ago when he called the presidential primary a Greek tragedy, but there's another GOP Greek tragedy bubbling up through the stirring pot of the GOP caldron.

Watching the panel discussion on birth control where Sandra Fluke was not allowed to testify, the vote on the Blunt law, and the defamation of Fluke by Rush Limbaugh mythologically reminds me of the rape of Medusa by Poseidon in the temple of Athena. The beautiful Medusa was then turned into a demon because she had the gall to complain about the rape. Let's see: What role is Limbaugh playing in this story, and what are the roles of the Republican women who voted for the Blunt law?

I think women of all political stripes are ready to stick out our tongues, tap into some Medusian rage, and vote the GOP back to the Stone Age.

Deborah Bird

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