Wildcats could use

a little humility

Congratulations to the Cats on their No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. That is deserved approbation, but these young men need to learn humility.

After dismantling Utah and Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament, the players were speaking of themselves as if winning the championship game were a foregone conclusion. No player was quoted as saying, “UCLA is an excellent team, and we’ll have to play our best to win.”

Instead, Nick Johnson bragged about his 47-inch “vert” and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson claimed “we’re Bugattis” and “top-notch.”

Human nature dictates that when we get too full of ourselves, we tend to overlook our opponents. Confidence is good, but so is humility and respect for our next opponent.

Practicing free throws until the muscle memory becomes a durable impression, with the humble understanding that the outcome of a game could actually be decided by a single point, is a good start toward respecting future opponents.

Hopefully, the Cats will face six future opponents in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Bear Down!

Louis Hollingsworth

Attorney, Tucson

Tax-cutters griping

about A-10 cancellation?

Re: the March 10 guest column “Leadership needed to save A-10 and D-M.”

Let me see if I’ve got this straight. When congressional Republicans insist on cutting taxes, and the resulting revenue crunch forces the cancellation of the A-10 program at Davis-Monthan, Martha McSally wants us to believe it’s Ron Barber’s fault?

Granted, mothballing the A-10s is a monumentally stupid decision, but it’s not Ron Barber’s decision. It’s a decision made by conservative voters who favor tax cuts over common sense.

Will Martha McSally break from the elephant herd and question the wisdom of blanket tax cuts? Dumb question. That would require honesty on her part, a quality she appears to have abandoned for the sake of her political future.

Duncan Stitt

Musician, Tucson

Fitz column fitting

on Ides of March

Re: the March 15 column “Miss Rita’s suitor, Mr. Rosemont, comes calling with a bag of cash.”

One can only hope that Fitz’s personification of Augusta Rosemont as an amoral suitor seeking to buy the innocent Miss Rita from a cash-strapped Old Man Tucson will arouse the outrage of those who have thus far remained unmoved by the plain truth of this dastardly deed.

The facts of the matter are clear and persuasive, but sometimes the human spirit needs poetry to see the light.

It is fitting that Fitz’s piece ran on March 15: another bard once warned the complacent and the powerful to “beware the Ides of March,” and it seems both history and art are repeating themselves.

Will Clipman

Artist, Tucson

US policy on Crimea

is duplicitous

U.S. foreign policy regarding self-determination in the Ukraine is duplicitous. If the U.S. felt that upholding Kosovo’s right to separate from Serbia warranted a brutal air campaign (including civilian targets in Belgrade), then how can we strongly object to Crimea’s wish to separate, especially when it is backed up by referendum?

Daniel Pyevich

Retired, Tucson

Judicial systems lacking

in Iraq, Afghanistan

Re: the March 17 editorial “US withdrawal plucks defeat from jaws of victory.”

I realize that many individuals like to place blame for anything at the feet of President Obama. As a former member of the Air Force, I would not care to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan and be subject to the judicial system of either country.

If these governments want further support from the U.S. military, they need to sign status-of-forces agreements. I suspect that if James Carafono were arrested in either country, he would be calling the U.S. Embassy and demanding assistance immediately!

William North

Retired, Tucson

Tombstone shelter

appreciates grant

The Tombstone Small Animal Shelter wishes to thank the Arizona Community Foundation for its grant provided through the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare. We are especially indebted to Mary Scrudder, a Ryan Miele Endowment donor, for recommending us.

The funds were used to install drip lines to the trees. Hoses no longer need to be dragged from tree to tree, wasting time and water. We operate with volunteer help, and the installation of water lines has helped lessened our load immensely. The grant also paid for more fencing and new gates. The two biggest dog runs were divided, providing four runs instead of two. The positions of the new gates make it easier to move dogs in and out. With the new runs, more dogs can be let out for exercise at the same time.

This is the third year we’ve received the Ryan Miele Endowment grant. We couldn’t operate without grants like these.

Karen Troncale

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter grant-writer volunteer