More soccer coverage, please

Re: the May 30 article “Dazzling goal stuns player, fans.”

Please, please, please, more soccer coverage in the Star ... international, national, regional, local. Tucson FC could certainly benefit from more exposure.

Mo Sinclair

Retired, Tucson

Reveal of CIA official’s name could be sabotage

Who is the mole in the Obama administration?

Revealing the identity of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan goes beyond innocent stupidity. This has to be active sabotage.

No one at the top level of politics in this country could possibly be so naive, so ignorant to release the name that it could only be a conscious effort to undermine the U.S. position in the world and further exacerbate relations between the executive branch and the intelligence services.

Steven Lueck

Retired hydrologist, Bisbee

Forward thinkers,

like letter writer, needed

Re: The June 3 letter to the editor, “Area must plan ahead for reductions at D-M.”

Sheldon Fishman wrote an excellent letter suggesting that Tucson needs to be planning ahead to the day when our Air Force base is no longer as large a component in our economic picture as it is now.

I was thrilled to see that opinion finally voiced and looked for further comments through letters or maybe an elected official having the courage to pick up that theme. None has arrived so I am writing. Tucson needs forward thinkers like Mr. Fishman.

Gypsy Lyle

Retired social worker, Tucson

Reader encourages voting pro-education

Thank you so much for including information about the candidates running for the Arizona State Legislature.

I was especially happy to see that so many of them listed a top-quality education and funding for public education as one of their priorities. The continuous funding cuts to Arizona public education have been devastating.

School districts, while doing their best to keep things afloat, have had to cut programs and classes, increase class sizes, cut funds for textbooks and supplies, and nearly “freeze” teachers’ salaries. This has resulted in over-crowded classes and teachers using their already meager paychecks to buy basic classroom supplies.

In addition, many of our best and brightest new teachers have moved to another state or changed professions altogether because they could not survive on a beginning teacher’s pay. I hope every Arizona citizen will vote for pro-education candidates. After all, these children are Arizona’s future.

Tanya Glover

Teacher, Tucson

Kirkpatrick no ‘sunshine patriot’

During a dark period in the American Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote scornfully of “the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot” — those who abandoned the cause when the going got tough. Regrettably, America still has too many summer soldiers and sunshine patriots – politicians who act as cheerleaders for wars but forget about their obligation to care for our troops after they come home.

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick understands that the decision to go to war involved a decades-long commitment. She has said she was the first member of Congress to inquire about the allegations involving the Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix and that she pushed for a hearing, audit and subpoenas, as well as voting to expand the agency’s power to fire managers.

If we had more people like Kirkpatrick in Congress, maybe the VA mess would have been cleaned up long ago — or, better yet, would never have happened.

Bruce Miller

Retired, Oro Valley

News — not editorial pages — needs balance

Balance is important to trapeze artists and ballet dancers. It is less important in the editorial position of a newspaper. Indeed, papers of distinction in the U.S. present a generally undiluted point of view. On the conservative side, the Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal and on the liberal side The New York Times and the Washington Post all demonstrate clearly where they stand, not where they waffle.

The balance comes in their reporting. There, they do not distort. They do not exclude. They do not pander to one group or another. They do not editorialize in covering the news. I taught that as a professor of journalism at Louisiana State University before I retired, but I also learned it at work.

Years ago, I was the press secretary for a liberal candidate for president of the United States. We didn’t expect editorial support from conservative papers and we didn’t get it. We did expect fair treatment in their news reports and we got it. Liberal papers behaved similarly in their treatment of conservatives.

Measuring column inches and inviting empty praise from those who cheer balance is not a prescription to excellence, but a recipe for mush.

Norman Sherman

Retired, Tucson