'Old Pueblo' a lovely term of endearment

Re: the July 7 article "Doing away with the 'Old.'"

The suggestion from the Tucson Metro Chamber to find a new nickname for Tucson is so wrongheaded I don't know where to begin.

The Old Pueblo is a lovely term of endearment that reminds us where we come from. It is not a commitment to where we must go.

Losing our nickname will simply be one more step toward becoming a nondescript urban area.

Cheryl Cage


Changing nickname is no solution

Re: the July 7 article "Doing away with the 'Old.'"

As opposed to doing away with the Old Pueblo, may I suggest doing away with the "Old City Council," the "Old Rio Nuevo," the "Old Convention Center management," etc.?

Thinking that simply changing Tucson's nickname is going to generate the fruits of new tourism, economic expansion and growth is like being on the Titanic and arguing about dinner seating reservations while the ship goes down.

C'mon folks, get a grip!

Norman Schwartz

Oro Valley

F-35 assignments a victory for Arizona

Re: the June 28 article "Luke, with 3 more squads, to be AF's primary F-35 base."

I read your article that the new F-35 Lightning jets that have been assigned to Luke Air Force Base will be increased to six full squadrons. We've known that three squadrons would be coming for several months, but adding three more is an enormous victory for Arizona. Since the Marine version of this aircraft will be used in Yuma, Arizona will be the home to the latest in technology planes.

I look forward to the time when we can see the F-35s over Arizona. This is a point of real national pride, and I'll take the time to drive out near Luke to watch them.

It symbolizes our national security, and I think our elected delegation, led by Sen. John McCain, has done a great job on this program. Now lets get these planes down to Tucson!

Ally Geary


Writer misinterprets Biblical text cited

Re: the June 29 letter to the editor "To which god was congressman referring?"

The writer stated that Jehovah suggested bestiality to the first man, Adam. This assertion is a grotesque misinterpretation of the Genesis account. Clearly, the gentleman failed to read the text he uses as support, Genesis 2:18-20, very closely. Yes, God does present Adam with various animal types, but for him to name, not to "get frisky" with.

After Adam classified all the animals, he still pined for an equal partner, his missing half: Eve. All of the interesting and varied animals lacked something intrinsic that Eve, the mother of all women, so obviously had.

Is it possible that Jehovah presented Adam with all of those beasts not to encourage bestiality, but to show Adam that he needed something more to fill the void in his heart? Yes, yes indeed.

Joshua William Tvrdy

College student, Tucson

Arizona's lousy image hurts tourism

Re: the June 30 article "Tourism struggles to gain ground."

I was amused to see the article regarding lagging tourism in Tucson. Nowhere did I find a mention of the real problem - the negative image Arizona has in the nation!

Whether it is right or wrong, true or false, people in other parts of the country see images of SB 1070, Gov. Jan Brewer wagging her finger at the president, Sheriff Joe Arpaio herding lawbreakers in pink underwear into tents, rampant availability and use of guns and Arizona talking-head politicians (Trent Franks, John McCain, Jeff Flake).

When meeting planners look at where they can send their customers to have fun and be carefree, I do not think Arizona pops up on their lists!

Alan Barreuther


Park land at a premium in Tucson

Re: the June 30 column "GCU interest in El Rio spurned too quickly."

Tim Steller's column did not address the question I find most relevant to this issue: Should the city of Tucson sell off any of its green open space? According to the Trust for Public Lands, Tucson has 7.2 acres of park land per 100 residents. Compare that to Phoenix with 29. 5 acres, Albuquerque with 32.7 acres and Scottsdale with 72.2 acres. It is evident that Tucson is greatly lacking in an amenity that defines the livability of a city.

I can understand why Grand Canyon University would see that beautifully landscaped El Rio site as an ideal campus location. However, the city owes it to its citizens to retain whatever precious open space it now has.

Surely there are other sites within Tucson's city limits that would be appropriate and available for a GCU campus.

Ruth Beeker