Is a chimichanga a tropical fruit?

I am not a resident of Tucson, but I visit often and have come to consider it my away-from-home home. It is a wonderful place, and I learn something on every visit.

This time, I found out what a chimichanga is. I wondered if it was the name of a haircut, a tropical fruit or some kind of monkey, until I ate one at the original El Charro Cafe on North Court Avenue.

I must confess that I could not eat the entire chimichanga, but I enjoyed it with a glass of sangria.

I now consider myself an expert on chimichangas and relish the opportunity to explain to my Floridian friends that chimichangas are not Mexican, but invented in the USA, in Tucson, Ariz. with an unmistakable Mexican flavor.

I read the Explorer daily while visiting. I also read the Arizona Daily Star. I returned from Arizona a few days ago, and I plan to be there again in January, assuming your governor has not decided to do something kooky with Arizona like sell it to the Middle East zillionaire.

Her antics would be amusing if Arizona did not need some very serious attention given to the many problems touching every level of American society.

I am aware of the sequence of events that led to her assuming the role of Arizona Governor. I do not know her political affiliation – Republican or Democrat – But I do lament the lethargy of Arizona citizens who have not affected some manner to preserve the dignity of the state’s highest elective office.

John H. Garner, Atlantic Beach FL.



Disagree with gas tax increase

The Pima Association of Governments has called for an increase in the state gasoline tax because revenues have declined due to the recession and more fuel-efficient cars.

To follow that logic, if more people were unemployed and not driving, or more people bought electric cars, the gas tax should be raised still higher.

It’s a regressive tax that falls hardest on those least able to pay it. In many rural communities there is no option to driving to get to work. There is no public transportation in my community of 10,000 people. Some here have been forced to give up minimum-wage jobs in town because the high price of fuel made it too costly to go to work.

Five cents, on top of the present 18 cents per gallon, is just the beginning.

At a House Transportation Committee hearing in Marana November 4, transportation agency officials called for increases as high as 60 cents per gallon, along with a gas sales tax, and more privately-owned toll roads.

Chairman Vic Williams also suggested cuts in public transportation.

In Arizona, as in Washington, it looks like taxing the rich is taboo, but taxing the 99 percent is OK.

Albert Vetere Lannon, Picture Rocks

Republicans should stop whining, and create jobs

No wonder Mr. Melvin is surprised. The Republicans simply have failed to understand the Constitution. First it is SB 1070; then the they challenge the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as being too much trouble to enforce; now the IRC.

Mr.Williams seems to believe that if a woman’s husband believes one thing, the woman must obviously believe the same thing. Perhaps Mr. Williams would go back to 1904 when the U.S. Supreme Court held in Tinker v. Colwell that a woman was a man’s property. Or, maybe the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote independently from her husband should be repealed. 

The big issue in the IRC is that the petulant Republicans want to simply have everything be in their favor. They can’t get it through their collective heads that the people want the parties in this state to butt out. Witness the constitutional amendment to set up the IRC the way it is now.

Republicans need to stop whining, and get on with the serious business of creating jobs, not the frivolous activity of keeping their own.

Thom K. Cope, Tucson


Candidate left out of cartoon

The main candidate, Obama, was left out of the box (Explorer political cartoon Nov. 30). Looking at his accomplishments and the state of our economy, he would appropriately be shown with an empty head and a big mouth.

Bernard Parsons, Tucson

Don’t forget about Coyote Run Transit Services

Since this is a time for being thankful, I thought it was appropriate to remind our community of one of the stellar amenities Oro Valley offers, Coyote Run.

Over the last six months, I have been working along with nine others to retain the services of Coyote Run that assists our elderly and mentally and physically challenged population. We are working diligently with the Regional Transportation Authority to secure its position in the network.

The Friends of Coyote Run are looking for additional members to oversee the future of this service.

 Oro Valley needs to understand the importance and good fortune we have in securing this service.  Since 1996, we have offered this transit system. It sets us apart from Tucson and surrounding areas. It provides safety, quality and timeliness to this population who struggle with autonomy. Whether you or a family member benefit from it today, we want to assure Oro Valley that Coyote Run will continue to exist.  One never knows when they may need to rely on it for transportation.

 It is important for the community to show its support by attending a transit presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Oro Valley Library from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Coyote Run will be available for transit. This will be an update from Oro Valley and the Regional Transportation Authority. 

The public forum will offer discussion.

If you are not aware of what Coyote Run can offer you, then you need to be there.  If you use Coyote Run, come and share with us why this system is important to you.


Carol Hunter, Friends of Coyote Run



IRC not as partisan as some claim

I am glad Steve Farley straightened me out in his newspaper article.  Redistricting is only about ensuring politicians have to work to earn our vote.  Funny, I thought it was about having the people of the state of Arizona get the best representation possible both here and in Washington by setting up workable districts without regard to political parties.

I went to several of the redistricting meetings and they were in line with his thinking, not mine.  It has been all about getting more Democrats elected and keeping them elected by setting up the districts in a certain way.  The left leaning lobbying groups have been at the meetings in force and they support Ms. Mathis and the Democrats.

The Democratic Party even has a video out on how to lobby the AIRC.  As for Colleen Mathis, her day job is about getting money out of the government and the taxpayers for University Medical Center. 

UMC, as a group, announced their support for Obamacare, and guess what party they gave political donations to.  Also, Colleen Mathis states her husband is a registered Republican whenever anyone brings his political activities up.  She must be unaware of his campaigning  for at least two local Democrats in recent elections, plus his donations to both Giffords and Obama.  

Rebecca LoPorto, Tucson

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