Why show Sam kissing partner?

I respect Michael Sam’s decision to declare he was a gay player. I am glad he got drafted by the St. Louis Rams. But I fail to understand why the national media decided to show him kissing his gay partner when he got the draft call.

Gorham Cowl

Retired, Tucson

US should spend money here, not fight ideology

Re: the May 5 guest column “Slumbering America owes Putin a big thank-you.”

Guest columnist James Slagle may have just stepped out of the 1950s, flattop and all, judging by his words.

“... we are no longer a country than can stop one country from militarily taking over another.” First, we never were. Korea and Vietnam are proof. Second, why would we want to be? Why is it our business if one country takes over another if it has no effect on THIS country? What, we might run out of babushkas if Ukraine goes to the Russians? It’s not our fight.

“... Isn’t it enough that Putin has no respect for our country’s political and military leadership?” What has that got to do with the price of babushkas in Russia? We don’t have a military to garner the respect of some buffoon leader of a third world country. We have it to make sure we’re safe. And we are.

The days of fighting wars for respect or ideology are over. We have children starving in this country. We should spend the money on them.

Mike Morrison

Social work, Tucson

Film at Loft could open Boehner’s conscience

John Boehner and the House of Representatives should watch “Who is Dayani Cristal?” — currently showing at The Loft — which recounts a 29-year-old Honduran traveling 3,200 miles from his home to die in the desert, just a 20 minute drive from Tucson.

He left the home and family he loved because his son had leukemia and he could not afford to pay the medical bills. Maybe after watching it, Boehner would be shamed enough to allow an up and down vote on the Senate immigration bill.

Saying that the bill will not solve all the problems is not a valid excuse for action. If it dropped the deaths in the desert by a factor of 10, to where they were 15 years ago we will have done our best, and that is all that God and our consciences can require of us.

Anthony Vickers

Retired chemical engineer, Tucson

Conservative columnists do not distort the truth

Re: the May 11 letter to the editor “Star should add moderate columnists.”

Never have I read such nonsense. George Will, Jonah Goldberg and Charles Krauthammer are three of the most intelligent columnists and will never distort the truth. This is what the liberal Democrats fear. They will go after an administration that has outright lied to the American people about Obama’s health care.

Only court orders and a subpoena will force them to release documents after months and months of refusal of the State Department’s ignorant disaster and cover up of Benghazi.

The Fast and Furious investigation, the IRS scandal are examples of the Obama administration’s refusal to hand over documents pertinent to the investigations. Why would Lois Lerner plead the Fifth in the IRS hearing if she had nothing to hide?

These columnists refuse to address the question of who lied and distorted the truth in the false talking points about the Benghazi terrorist attack. Democrats will never admit to the truth which they are so afraid of but even the news media are beginning to realize the truth about Obama.

Peter Stotzheim

Retired, Tucson

Will keep rooting for Lavine

Re: the May 11 article “’I have done so much, so why can’t I do this?’”

As a softball season-ticket holder for many years, the article about Alex Lavine is an outstanding tribute to her and the softball team.

I had the pleasure to have my picture taken and signed by Alex this spring. I found her to be an exemplary person, athlete and student — all wrapped up in someone I’ve been rooting for over the last four years.

I am happy she will stay with the team and learn from coach Mike Candrea. I hope in the future to see her as one of the coaches at the college or where ever she decides to coach.

Donald Phillips

Retired, Tucson

Use of military seldom successful

Re: the May 6 column “Not all of Obama’s foreign-policy critics are neocons.”

Writer Lawrence J. Haas implies that President Obama is reluctant to use military force because of the debacle the United States faced as the result of its invasion of Iraq.

I served time in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Is Mr. Hass trying to imply that the use of the military in Vietnam and the other instances where it was used since then, with the exception of Iraq, has been successful?

Other than President Obama’s use of the military to deal with Osama bin Laden, I would disagree.

William North

Retired, Tucson