Thanks for 'don't mess with saguaro' reminder

Re: the May 14 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

Thanks for Fitzsimmons' reminder about the revenge of the saguaro.

We learned about what happens when you mess with a saguaro in Tom Miller's fine book "Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink," and again listening to the song "Saguaro" in the album by Austin Lounge Lizards titled "Creatures from the Black Saloon."

It's the story of a rough and tough guy who goes out into the desert to shoot down saguaros. He succeeds until he tries to topple a 150-year-old who refuses to go down. When he tries to topple it with a stick, an arm falls on him then the whole saguaro goes over on top. The saguaro's revenge.

Jeanne and Ray Turner

Retired, Tucson

KVOA should have given Guarino a chance

Re: the May 10 article "KVOA lets go of its chief meteorologist."

I have always been a fan and avid watcher of Channel 4/KVOA News. It has become increasingly clear to me that the management of this station shows no compassion for anyone it thinks has either done something wrong or has gone past his or her "sell-by" date.

It fired Rob Guarino before he even has his day in court or had a chance to redeem himself. No one is perfect and management should not throw stones at glass houses.

Channel 4, take a lesson from Channel 13 and the wonderful treatment of Chuck George who suffers from an illness, depression. It has worked with him and nurtured him when he needed the help. Guess what? Alcoholism is also an illness.

Channel 4, give Rob a chance. He deserves to get the help he needs without the humiliation he undoubtedly feels, when just a few weeks ago, the management said in a statement that "Rob's job here at KVOA is secure." He's a very good meteorologist and a good on-air presence.

Shame on you, Channel 4.

Deborah A. Hodges

Retired behavioral health paraprofessional, Tucson

UA prof gives account of genocide trial today

Re: the May 11 article "Ex-leader Rios Montt convicted of genocide."

After good early coverage of the historic genocide trial of Efrain Rios Montt in Guatemala, including University of Arizona professor Elizabeth Oglesby's testimony as expert witness, the Star has largely ignored his conviction, printing only a cursory brief.

This is the first time a former head of state has been convicted of genocide in a court of the country where the atrocities occurred. It's important.

Oglesby will give her firsthand account of what it was like to testify at the trial, and discuss implications for Guatemala and the international community, at 5:30 p.m. today at St. Michael and All Angels, 602 N. Wilmot Road.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Ila Abernathy

Coordinator St. Michael's Guatemala Project, Tucson

Date-night couple's kindness appreciated

Kindness is alive and well in Tucson.

This past Wednesday evening, coming home from a meeting at church, I found myself on Fifth Street with a tire that was going flat quickly. By the time I passed Swan Road it was really rumbling and the car was hard to handle. I was heading for the gas station on the corner of Fifth Street and Craycroft Road. Before I could make it the tire was beginning to shred.

A car came alongside me and a young lady told me to take the next corner. When I pulled up the young lady and her husband got out saying they would help me. The young husband, Brandon, changed my tire. They were on a date night, their children at home with grandma. They spent part of their date helping an old lady get home.

I call people like this Earth angels.

Jeanette J. Jones


There's lack of concern for everyday violence

The killings in Boston took four lives and injured nearly 300 people. Yet on an average day in America 85 people die in gun violence. In the short span between the killing of 26 people in Newtown and the killing of four in Boston, nearly 4,000 people died by guns. With the deaths in Newtown and Boston, 30 families are grieving their irreplaceable losses.

By the end of the year, more than 30,000 families will be grieving their losses from gun violence. We are rightly concerned when these mass murders flood our TV screens, but we seem unconcerned about this routine carnage.

We need to ask ourselves, what marginal limitations on our freedoms, what modest inconveniences from greater regulation of firearms, are we willing to accept to reduce some of this ongoing tragedy? We need, not just to proclaim our rights, but also to acknowledge some of our social responsibilities.

Larry DeWitt