School funding must be equalized

Re: the March 25 article "Reward plan leads to school district rift."

What is happening to our American ideals of fairness and equal access to quality public education? Education should always be based on an equalization formula so that every child gets the same amount regardless of location.

So many of us have been given opportunities that we are now denying the next generation. Beware of unintended consequences when funding is tied to performance.

Milani Llorin Hunt

Marketing coordinator, Tucson

Tell ESPN what you think of Bill Walton

Recently, you had several letters to the editor regarding ESPN announcer Bill Walton.

His biased opinions and demeaning arrogance are offensive to a number of fans. I am sure he was the greatest UCLA player in the history of the school (just ask him), but most of us had never heard of him until his son played for the UA.

His opinionated arrogance has gotten to be so disliked, I have to mute the games to enjoy the floor action. I understand he has a 7-year contract with ESPN. If you would like to have Walton announce the game rather than inform us of how he would make each play, please take a moment and email ESPN.

The ESPN address for customer concerns is

You will receive a response from ESPN.

Judy Morris

RN, Tucson

Thanks, Star, for Gassen's columns

Some time ago I read a column, ("Expressions of gratitude - even 'hellos' - are valuable; pass 'em along," April 18, 2012) written by Sarah Garrecht Gassen and found it so informative I keep it on my refrigerator.

She has continued to write award-winning columns and all are keepers. I wanted her to know I look forward to every Thursday to enjoy another good read.

Thank you, Sarah, and thank you to the Arizona Daily Star for having such a great journalist on your staff.

Lyletta Groves

Retired housewife, Oro Valley

CPS staffed by army of incompetents

Re: the March 24 Tim Steller column "Yet another child dies - are we doing all we can?"

The ineffectiveness of CPS and their failure to protect children is not due to understaffing, as implied in Sunday's article.

In fact, the high caseload is directly related to the poorly trained, undereducated and dangerously inexperienced caseworkers and managers who have been the mainstay of the department for years.

Incompetent staff and management, a lack of leadership and a belief that the state makes a better parent than most birth parents leads to the break-up of more and more families and ruins the lives of more and more children.

The state would be better off to focus resources on fewer better-trained, highly qualified staff, than sending out an army of incompetents.

Ronald Zack

Attorney, Tucson

Public needs info on US use of torture

Re: the March 26 column "Time to take the wraps off Senate report on torture."

Thank you for running Reuel Marc Gerecht's column explaining why the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should release its report on U.S. use of torture. The committee has worked for three years gathering 6,000 pages of information. America needs that information to permit enlightened debate so that we may develop a realistic policy against "enhanced interrogation techniques" that violate moral norms.

Alison P. Nylund

Retired librarian, Tucson