Lofty analysis no help to gay Arizonans

Re: the Feb. 26 article “SB 1062 furor clouds bill’s limited scope.”

I am glad that reporter Howard Fischer and former College of Law Dean Paul Bender, as heterosexual men, have the luxury to engage in an abstract legal analysis regarding an issue that will never directly impact them.

Although it is true that Arizona already has no laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination, SB 1062 only further entrenched that right in every bigot’s mind. While SB 1062 contemplated a three-part test, I can’t imagine any business worker will conduct a careful  analysis before they discriminate.

I wish I could view this issue from such a lofty vantage point, but as a gay person, I am too worried that next time I go to a hotel with my family I might be denied a room, or when one of my family members needs medical care we might be turned away.

Perhaps its scope was limited, but that would have been small comfort to people like me who would have had to live with the real consequences.

Kent Burbank

Social worker, Tucson

Brewer acted quickly

on SB 1062

Re: the Feb. 27 editorial “Damaging assault on civil rights sadly won’t be the last.”

As I watched the live broadcast of Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of SB 1062, I wondered how the Star would spin this negatively on her.

The answer was in this editorial, which included the following: “While Brewer FINALLY (my emphasis) did the right thing ...” This is a childish cheap shot.

Chris Conover on “AZ Illustrated” said the governor had five days to approve or veto a bill after it is submitted, which he assumed was done while Brewer was attending a national governors conference.

Thus she had until Friday to act but was not scheduled to return to Arizona until Tuesday, so a decision was expected after that. Brewer vetoed the bill on Wednesday. This hardly merited the put-down.

John Schmitz


Be sure to vote

— in every election

Re: the Feb. 27 column “Don’t abandon Arizona to extremist right-wing Republicans.”

For good or ill we get the governments that we elect. As columnist Sarah Garrecht Gassen stated so succinctly, “It’s about voting in primary elections.”

If we ever expect to have government that reflects the ideals of the majority of the citizens of this nation and avoid tyranny by the minority, we simply must vote in every single election — not just every four years.

Sally Neal

Retired, Tucson

Native Tucsonan

was a true legend

Mary Frances Guendelsberger was a native Tucsonan who not only devoted her life to her own four children but to hundreds of middle school children in TUSD where she taught for many years.

As if her plate weren’t already full, she also worked in the family business and found time to be a church and community volunteer. She was far younger than her 83 years, and I am proud to have called her friend.

Tucson has lost a true legend.

Karen Chatterton

Retired teacher, Tucson

Reasoning with despots isn’t the answer

Re: the Feb. 26 letter to the editor “Ukrainians didn’t need guns to toss out leaders.”

Ukrainian protesters seized multiple weapons caches and ammunition from the military . The answer to totalitarianism isn’t sitting them down and telling them about how their dictatorship hurts your feelings.

Khristofer Geuder

Student, Tucson

Light penalty

for Air Guard ex-leader

Re: the Feb. 26 article “Ex-leader of Ariz. Air Guard takes plea bargain in pay case.”

So let me get this right. Retired Col. Gregg Davies, formerly of the Arizona Air National Guard, admitted guilt and will pay back the funds he acquired illegally.

He has been fired from his position, right? Will he forfeit his retirement? Will he receive a dishonorable discharge? If not, why not? Anyone else would be spending their retirement days behind bars.

John Brown

Humanitarian, Tucson

On ESPN, Bill Walton is snarky, tiresome

Does anyone else find ESPN’s Bill Walton as tiresome as I do? His snarky comment on Wednesday about Kaleb Tarczewski turning 21 as a sophomore was unkind and mean-spirited.

Walton strives to be über-cool with his references to ’60s music, mystical cleansing waters and his use of words he assumes no one else will know. He is a pompous braggart who talks too much.

His dislike of Tucson and the Wildcats simmers just below the surface. There may be personal issues that are the reason for this.

He needs to temper his attitude. Walton needs to remember that only one letter separates “cool” from “tool.”

Cathy Lucas