Time to rethink an old amendment

Re: the March 7 article "Giffords visits shooting site."

Gabrielle Giffords never looked more beautiful than in the front page portrait of her and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

The couple's dedication to making our nation an honorable society that does not on a daily basis sacrifice lives for a defense of an ambiguous few words penned with feathers back in the 18th century. The sorrows of survivors of senseless murders are beyond description, whether sentenced to lifelong grieving for children like Christina-Taylor Green or for others of any age.

I request members of any congregation or meeting of any kind in the United States to violate the separation of church and state this once (far more honored in the breech than in the observance) to pause for at least one minute in prayer or meditation with concern for both the thousands of victims and survivors of gun violence - whether a single murder or massacre.

It is insanity to protect the right to massacre fellow humans at any time and any place, yet put to death convicts who once violated the same Christian commandment.

David Ray

Poet and professor, Tucson

McCain, Graham not the future of GOP

It is a shame that Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., both decided to chastise Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., rather than support him.

Given this administration's utter disregard for our Constitution, his filibuster raised very valid points regarding Constitutional protections and his strategic thinking given technology's rapid advances. He raised valid concerns.

McCain, Graham and their generation of senators appear to be more and more out of touch with the realities of today and the future, and these dinosaurs continue to be entrenched in their collective past.

They are no longer the future of the Republican Party and it is in large part because of their peers such as Karl Rove and his good old boys that Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama.

Craig Bergman


McCain, Graham look better next to Paul

Re: the March 7 article "Sen. Paul talks for 5 hours, delays vote on CIA chief."

If Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, represent the future image -the future attitude - of the Republican Party, I believe the party has heightened challenges - on top of the ones it already has - if it wants to attract the vote of middle America, if it wants to dominate the political scene.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are looking almost tolerable - almost.

Don Gerlach

Retired, Tucson