Bible says Brewer was spiritually correct

Gov. Jan Brewer's latest act to disfranchise children who were brought into the country illegally by their parents led me to investigate the age-old question going back to Biblical times - Should children be blamed for the sins of their fathers ?

According to the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, the answer found in the Bible is yes and no.

Yes: Exodus 20:5 and Deuteronomy 5:9

No: Deuteronomy 24:16 and Ezekiel 18:20

The Ministry's interpretation of these conflicting passages was that "yes" was spiritually correct and "no" was legally correct.

Thus, if you believe in these interpretations, then the governor's action was spiritually right but legally wrong.

Arnold Kerman

Retired executive, Tucson

'Irreplaceable' teachers treated as expendable

Re: the Aug 22 opinion column "Irreplaceable teachers must be encouraged to stay."

The article stated that much of the onus for competent teachers not being retained in the classroom was due to administrative ineptitude, which may well be in some cases.

However, in my experience, apathy on the part of the parental community is, in many cases, the culprit.

I taught at a high school of over 2,000 students, but as time came for PTA meetings, we were lucky if a half dozen parents showed up. You do the math.

There are so many problems today in public education, and the way teachers are treated is one of many, which makes for a poor public image and, thus, those outside the educational community see teachers as expendables.

No wonder so many "irreplaceable" teachers bail out: They simply want something more than low pay and disrespect.

Ken Wright

Retired, Tucson

Wrinkled clothes in ads aren't good sales tactic

An open letter to all clothing stores:

I am perplexed by a practice that you seem to think attracts customers. In all print ads I have observed, your photos of clothing are displayed in a very wrinkled manner.

It is hard to get a realistic picture of your product when it looks like my neighbor's Shar-Pei. Do you think this is attractive?

I do not.

If I wanted to look at wrinkled clothing, I'd take a short trip to my laundry room.

Susi Learn

Retired, Tucson

Library lacks credible plans for e-future

Re: the Aug 20 article "Library gets read on future."

The problem with the Pima County Public Library's brave new electronic frontier mentioned in your article is that it ignores the many problems that this approach raises. The library does not seem to be addressing the issue of how the many people who don't have, and can't afford e-readers, are going to take advantage of the e-books that the library will be increasingly prioritizing over traditional books.

Nor has it been able to address the problem that publishers are licensing e-books in such a way that is proving more expensive and restrictive for library patrons to use than traditional books.

Finally, nothing that I've seen in the article or in the strategic plan the article was reporting on explains how a library that gives us one of the worst per capita book collections in the country for a system of its size (in spite a high per capita expenditures on books) is going to lead us effectively into this brave new e-future.

Greg Evans

Translator, Tucson

What if Rosemont was in your backyard?

Re: the Aug. 24 letter to the editor "Don't kill Rosemont to protect jaguars."

I can't help but wonder what all those folks in Oro Valley would write if the Rosemont Mine was to be in their backyard as it might be in ours.

Bettye Jo Preis

Journalist, Green Valley

George Will should ditch double standard

Re: the Aug. 23 column "As paternalism fails, who'll supervise supervisors?"

George Will obviously doesn't like paternalism when it has to do with government regulating/taxing bad dietary decisions (sugar-sweetened sodas). But Will supports government paternalism when it comes to requiring a pregnant woman to view ultrasounds of her womb (as recently passed in Virginia and Texas and under consideration in Pennsylania and elsewhere) prior to a legal abortion.

The former is just more evidence of left-wing social engineering. The latter is (in pro-life speak) "educating" the woman. The backers of the ultrasound bills even sell them as "right to know" laws.

Please, George, you can't just pick your paternalisms. Let's ditch the double standard.

John Heyl

Higher education consultant, Tucson

Carbon tax doesn't necessarily hurt growth

Re: the Aug. 22 editorial, "Global warming doubters cling to wishful thinking."

Kudos for publishing the Chicago Tribune editorial reaffirming what the science of climate change tells us: The world is getting warmer, and we're causing it by burning fossil fuels.

Now that we've settled that, what are we to do? I take exception with the editorial's premise that solutions, such as putting a price on carbon, would wreck our economy. Sweden has taxed carbon since 1991, and between 1990 and 2006 its economy grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent. Likewise, British Columbia instituted a carbon tax in 2008, and its economic growth has been above Canada's national average.

A steadily-rising tax on carbon would spur the development of clean energy and make fossil fuels accountable for the damage they do to our health and environment - that's why we tax cigarettes. Returning revenue to the public would neutralize the economic fallout of increased energy costs associated with the tax.

Patsy Stewart


Suspicions Romney cheated on tithing

Re: the Aug. 24 article "Romney: Details on tithing reason to keep taxes private."

With my tongue planted firmly in my cheek, I offer the following: I just read that one of the reasons Gov. Romney does not want to release his tax returns is because it will show how much he and his wife give to the church.

Could it be that Romney did not really give a full 10 percent of his earnings?

My mom taught me the amount of my tithe should be 10 percent before any deductions, e.g., gross income. Just wondering.

Lela Aldrich

Retired, Tucson