Many people are in need,

so donate to food bank

As a food bank volunteer, one meets many people in need of help — the elderly, the jobless, single moms with children in dire need of food. Even our U.S. veterans, young and old, are turning to the food bank for assistance.

The other day, a person who has worked diligently her whole life to support herself and her family visited the food bank. She has stopped working because she was diagnosed with an illness and has turned to the food bank as a last resort.

Life happens, especially in today’s economy, and hunger has no boundaries — it can affect anyone. September is Hunger Action Month, and I ask everyone to donate a can of food to his or her community food bank. Numerous businesses, such as Safeway, Bashas’ and Food City, have set up donation boxes. Is Tucson up for the challenge?

B. Titus


Action in Syria lacks the needed support

Through ambivalence and indecision during the past two years, President Obama frittered away the initiative to help the people of Syria. With the administration treating this as a committee effort and broadcasting to the world a battle plan and targeting data, it has put the people of Syria further into harm’s way. By their political bungling, we have surely lost the initiative, and chances for success have faded.

I am no scholar, but my military background tells me that before a free nation should fight a war, conflict or battle, it needs three things: a strong military capable of winning; political will, that is, elected officials who accept the consequences of what could happen, even mass destruction; and most importantly, the support of its citizens. Today we have only one of these — a strong military. This fiasco — as it stands — is not worth one American life.

Robert O. McCartan

Retired USAF colonel, Tucson

Any Syria response should be international

I am opposed to unilateral American military intervention in Syria. Use of chemical weapons on innocents cries out for a significant response, but that response should come from the international community and, in particular, the European Union.

The United States has no urgent strategic interest in Syria, but NATO does, and the U.S. leads NATO. The EU is within striking distance of weapons currently held by the Assad regime. If the U.S. gets involved, it should be through the U.N. or NATO.

Let’s make sure we continue to let out elected officials know where we stand on this. We must not let special interests drag us into another never-ending war.

Chris Ellefson

Consultant, Tucson

Game and Fish needs to show more respect

We have had javelinas around for years without problems. Recently, when some javelinas became extremely aggressive, some neighbors contacted Arizona Game and Fish for assistance, but the department offered no help. Then a neighbor was seriously injured by three javelinas.

It was then that Game and Fish killed seven adult javelinas, leaving three juveniles to fend for themselves. Many residents contacted Game and Fish prior to the shooting expressing our objections. I don’t know of a single neighbor who supported killing the herd, including the woman who was injured.. I believe that several other options were viable.

We are fortunate that the majority of Tucsonans appreciate the desert oasis we live in and strive to live safely in harmony with wildlife. I believe that Game and Fish should have more respect for the residents of Tucson, both the human and the wildlife kind.

Steve Stayton

Engineer, Tucson

Writer’s assertion shows own agenda

Re: the Aug. 28 letter to the editor “Writers aren’t confused; they have an agenda.”

And what exactly is the agenda of someone who writes: “Note that it is usually those of collectivist and tyrannical mind-set, whether politicians, scholars or preachers, who use fuzzy language”? I believe there is little room for confusion there.

Marc Goldfeder

Retired mathematician, Tucson

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