OV cops must be bored

out of their minds

Re: the April 16 article “Student arrested with nonworking gun.”

Wait, don’t tell me, Oro Valley police, right? Only a bored-stiff department such as theirs would attach felony charges to some kid playing around.

Back in the day, said officers might take the wooden marching-drill rifle away from the “perp” with a “that’ll getcha shot” talking to, with good reason. Now they’ve got to stick another, probably good, young person into the “felony” component of the “system.”

I’m a Canyon del Oro grad, and I can’t tell you how many kids I knew who had it tough at home, did some childish prank and suddenly school administration was branding them “most likely to vacation in Florence.” They would just stop trying, effectively sealing the continuing fate of a vicious cycle.

Let’s let kids act like kids and not pigeonhole them into being losers before they’ve had a chance to win.

Rex Cousins

CRE investor, San Diego

Reader aghast at photo

of boy with weapon

Re: the April 13 article “Flying team tries again today; aircraft fans still get an eyeful.”

I am aghast at the Star’s choice of a photo illustrating an article about Davis-Monthan’s biennial air show. The photo on Page A8 shows a little boy mimicking with innocent enthusiasm the behavior of adults firing at fellow human beings with military weapons.

I fervently hope for an end to the school shootings that have become so heartbreakingly frequent. If yet another occurs, you at the Star will have forfeited any right to ask, “How could this happen?”

Our culture’s relentless glorification of weaponry and war, exemplified by your article and the event it describes and promotes, are a big part of the problem.

Kim Mathews

Certified nursing assistant, Tucson

McDonald’s does right

by kids taking AIMS test

For various reasons, many students skip or skimp on breakfast. Kudos to McDonald’s for offering students in grades three through eight, who took the two-day statewide AIMS test, a free breakfast on those days. An Egg McMuffin, apple slices and orange juice or milk were the free menu items.

Becky Garrett

Retired teacher, Tucson

Kansas hate crime

doubly tragic in its irony

Re: the April 14 article “Supremacist named suspect in Kansas attacks.”

We should all think about the irony of the tragic hate-crime shooting that took place at the two Jewish facilities in Kansas.

I refer to the fact that the victims of the venomous murderer were not Jews, but Christians who happened to be at the Jewish Community Center and Jewish assisted-living home, both of which serve all people in their community regardless of religious affiliation.

The same is true of Tucson’s Jewish Community Center and the Jewish affiliated Handmaker assisted-living home.

The day before the shooting, my friend and I were once again discussing the disturbing rise in anti-Semitism worldwide, particularly in the U.S. and Europe. This is a separate movement from the Arab-Israeli conflict.

It is the smoldering, ever-recurring rise of centuries of Christian animosity and scapegoating of Jewish people when social and economic upheaval occurs in nations across the world.

Now innocent members of the Christian community are victims, too.

Jessica Hamdan

Retired, Tucson