Double standard applied to Deen, music

Re: the June 22 article "Food Network fires Deen over N-word controversy."

I do not condone nor do I use racial slurs. They are ugly and not relevant. Why then is it not only acceptable, but seemingly normal, for the N-word to be used in rap music? As well, the N-word is used as a greeting among some people and it's completely normal to be thrown around.

It seems like people want to change and bend what is appropriate to say and by whom, no matter how offensive, under the umbrella of "political correctness." Paula Deen recognizes she used a word that has no place in society, but it sounds like a serious double standard in my book.

Claire Dunham

Teacher, Tucson

To which god was congressman referring?

After the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, a Republican congressman from Texas claimed the decision went "against the laws of nature and nature's God."

I'm not sure which god nature worships - maybe Dionysus? - but if it's that strange fellow called Jehovah perhaps someone should refer the gentleman to Genesis 2:18-20, where the Big Guy, seeking a helpmate for Adam, first presents to him all the beasts of the field. Hmm. Bestiality was a possibility? Was that the god the congressman meant?

Ron Terpening

Retired, Tucson

Separation of church, state not in the First

Re: the June 27 letter to the editor "Shrine violates wall of separation."

After publishing views of your readers that are not based on facts, you'd think that the Arizona Daily Star's editorial staff would on occasion publish an editorial that addresses the subject based on facts.

Case in point: the letter related to removing the shrine on "A" Mountain that states that "the First Amendment insists on a clear separation of religion and government - so that people of differing beliefs can coexist peacefully." Not so! As a public service, how about enlightening us with an article that outlines the real purpose of the separation of church and state?

Phyllis Weaver

Retired, Tucson

Children don't always reflect parents' values

Re: the June 19 letter to the editor "Teen's rants reflect parents' failure."

Teen rebellion is seldom "appropriate." Even the most conscientious parents will probably endure a spate of rebellious behavior when raising a teenager. Teens will often party too hard, drive too fast and espouse views diametrically opposed to their parents'.

I devoted myself to civil rights and integration when my kids were young and one of my little darlings joined the Ku Klux Klan.

Clearly my children were not always "influenced" by me or by what they heard at the dinner table, although as adults they now reflect many of my core values. If the writer is a parent, I would ask him not to pass on his tendency to be too quick to judge.

Joy Nelson


Cheap money is costly to ordinary folks

For years Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and his predecessor Alan Greenspan have propped up a facade of a healthy economy by keeping interest rates artificially low to stimulate borrowing and spending.

Their cheap money policies have enabled the big financial institutions to borrow at almost no interest, and in some cases use the borrowed funds to buy Treasury securities at a low, yet higher rate of interest, than their cost of borrowing. It has worked well for the big financial institutions.

It has not worked for ordinary folks who have sacrificed and saved all their lives and are now unable to invest their savings at a rate of interest that will even keep pace with inflation.

Chairmen Bernanke and Greenspan no doubt knew that their cheap money, low interest follies could not go on indefinitely and will surely lead to a rude awakening.

Joseph L. McNully

Retired, Oro Valley

Time to pay the piper for mild months

Tucson heat. It's the piper we pay, to get from October to May.

Jerry Bentley

Retired, Tucson

Leaders must make decisions for prosperity

Re: the June 23 guest column "To join the big leagues, Tucson must take advantage of its opportunities."

Si Schorr's guest column should be a reminder to both voters and elected officials of where Tucson would be now if we had considered taking different paths toward a more prosperous city and county.

Proper insight and an open dialogue regarding Grand Canyon University's expansion at the El Rio Golf Course should be seriously looked into. Hundreds of jobs would be created by GCU, as well as opportunities of local businesses to grow and prosper. Can we afford to miss out on $500 million in growth to the Tucson economy?

Let's make sure that we make the right decision and not a quick one. Let's address the concerns of local residents and make sure there is open space, parks and recreational activities as part of this opportunity. Looking back at the what-ifs, do we want to miss another opportunity?

Michael Strauss, CPA