Miller's $25,000 fine leaves reader aghast

I am in disbelief over the $25,000 fine imposed on Coach Sean Miller by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. Miller was relatively tame considering that instant replay will show the referees made two very bad late-game calls with the overturn and technical. As a UA fan who was in Vegas, I would have expected nothing less of Miller than to publicly question these calls.

Thank you, Greg Hansen, for an excellent article assessing the Pac-12 situation. Commissioner Scott's actions should be carefully scrutinized. What it says about the Pac-12 ain't pretty. Scott's qualifications for his current position are a B.A. in European history. It is clear that he feels "Off with his head!" is the solution to ref intimidation when the "peasants" dare question their rulings.

I personally believe it is time for the fans, players and coaches to revolt.

Kathryn Stevenson

Aviation company owner, Tucson

Obama's logic defies reason

Re: the March 18 article "No immediate debt crisis, Boehner says."

House Speaker John Boehner cited President Obama's assertion that it doesn't make sense to "chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance." Using Obama's logic, I guess it doesn't make sense to do something right just for the sake of doing it right, be honest just for the sake of being honest or tell the truth for the sake of telling the truth.

This convoluted logic comes from the president of this country. No wonder things are headed toward bankruptcy and collapse.

Russell Long

Retired, Tucson

Burger-chain ads need real-world models

Is anyone else put off by the fast-food chains' competitive burger ads?

The main objective is to see who can open their mouth the widest, stuff their mouth the fullest while dribbling fat-laden sauce down their chin.

The guys used in the ads are really handsome and the girls extremely attractive, which I guess makes gluttony and bad manners acceptable viewing. Had they used people recruited from another walk of life other than modeling, the commercials would be deemed disgusting and pulled from the air.

In light of the ever-growing obesity problems we as a nation face, perhaps they should concentrate on ads featuring healthy eating habits. Those models did not attain their good bodies by eating like the proverbial pig.

Patricia Hyne

Retired, Tucson

When Walton is on, turn off the sound

Re: the March 20 letter to the editor "Walton commentary biased against Arizona."

I concur most heartily with the letter writer. I, too, was most upset by Bill Walton's negativism against Arizona.

It was all the way through the entire game. I know he played for UCLA but his son played for UA, and in any case he should be unbiased in his reporting.

At halftime, I posted a comment on Facebook along the same lines. Next time he's commentating I, too, will turn off the sound and listen on the radio.  

Judy Fishman

Retired, Tucson

Health-care system is great if you're rich

Re: the March 17 letter to the editor, "Health-care headline excessive, even for Star."

The writer said, "There is no example in the world where medicine or medical care is better under socialism." I would call to his attention the British health care, which I am sure he would consider a socialistic system. And yet, the average British citizen lives two years longer than the average U.S. citizen. In addition, the annual per-person health-care spending in the U.K. is less than half that of the U.S.

There are other nations where both the average longevity is higher and the per-person cost is lower than that of the U.S. They include Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France and Japan. Health-care cost shares paid by their governments range from 67.5 to 84.1 percent. In the U.S., it is 45 percent.

To label the Affordable Care Act as "socialism" is a stretch. The energy should be directed toward improving the legislation rather than doing away with it.

I would remind the writer that we have a great system if you are fully insured or very wealthy. The poor and an increasingly strapped middle class who have reduced or no insurance pay much more for health care. In many cases they are driven to bankruptcy because of the stupidity of the old system.

Michael H. Mount

Colonel, USAF, retired, Tucson