Letters to the editor from the Aug. 20 issue

KVOA, NBC are misleading public about live Olympics

Live Olympics on NBC? Not in Tucson.

As a huge sports fan, I am disgusted by the broadcasting of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games on NBC and their local Tucson station KVOA. While tuning in every evening to watch “live” broadcast from Beijing we are getting a two-hour delayed recording. The live feed is shown live on the East Coast and the Midwest (Eastern standard time and Central standard time) while we get a “live” tag on the corner of the screen when the results are long posted online.

I understand the 15-hour time difference may make it hard for most people to watch the games live so a highlight of the day’s events should be shown on prime time, but in an era of hundreds of channels we should be able to make our own choice. NBC is acting like a dictatorship. While advertising that live feeds are available online, the track 100-meter men finals which was on at 7:30 a.m. this past Saturday morning was not shown online or on TV until the evening broadcast (some 15 hours after the event took place). Another example was the U.S. men’s basketball team game against Spain. NBA.com advertised that the game is being shown live on NBC at 7:15 a.m. and while this game was available to watch online (with no commentary) KVOA did not start the “live” broadcast until 9:15 a.m. I must add that very important infomercials were on at 7:15 a.m.

When I pay over $130 a month to my cable and internet supplier, I deserve a choice. A KVOA representative explained to me during the last Olympic that they show the feed they get from NBC and have no control of the delay. I think it’s ridiculous. Shame on you KVOA and NBC for misleading your viewers.

Yaron Yarden


It’s never a waste to make sure kids have a full belly

Marilyn Zerull’s comments about “after school stuff” absolutely sicken me. (“I’m not real fond of after-school stuff. I’m all for funding education during school hours. The proper technology to give students, I support that. Universities, and especially the community colleges. But I have trouble with providing breakfast. I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility.”)

I would like to know how children can be expected to be responsible for providing themselves with breakfast? We all know that there are scads of people who aren’t personally responsible for a lot of things, but that should never affect children. A child needs a decent breakfast to even have a remote chance at doing well in school.

We waste a lot of money in this country (including the billions and billions spent in Iraq), but I truly believe that making sure kids have enough to eat — at breakfast or any other meal — can never be considered a waste. I am truly amazed by folks who think it is.

Peg Peterson


OV council must act quickly to save space

This week we learned that Secretary of State Jan Brewer decided that there were insufficient signatures to place State Lands Prop 103 on the ballot in November.

Brewer’s questionable decision will have a particularly significant impact on Oro Valley.

If Prop 103 is not on the November ballot, the chances of conserving the state land known as Arroyo Grande becomes “slim to none.” That means 9,000 acres, located just north of Oro Valley, could easily become a massive subdivision. Aside from the obvious destruction of open space and important wildlife which is highly regarded by Oro Valley residents, it could double the population of Oro Valley and exacerbate the critical situation with our water supply, traffic, air quality, and more.

In an interview I had with Sarah More, Oro Valley’s planning and zoning administrator, I asked if permit fees would cover the long term expense associated with Oro Valley’s administration of a town twice the present size. Ms. More quickly responded “no,” that state shared revenue is inadequate to pay for the required administration. That means the expense will inevitably be passed along to the existing taxpayers.

Brewer’s ill-advised decision demands a vigorous response from Oro Valley’s town council and therefore I call upon Oro Valley’s council to place this matter on the next agenda and consider filing a “friend of the court” brief alongside others who are challenging Brewer’s decision.

Having lived in Maricopa County for many years, I can attest to the many occasions Brewer favored developers and displeased those who were working diligently for open space. Given the recent positive change in Oro Valley’s town council that resulted in the adoption of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, it is imperative that Oro Valley follow thru and seek the truth concerning the signatures for prop 103.

The impact on Oro Valley could be devastating, and the election is only three months away.

Barry DiSimone

Oro Valley

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