Guns are cultural symbols of power

Re: the Jan. 31 column "Illogic of NRA's hostility to background checks is now front and center."

True, logic is not the driving force behind the NRA's position.

Years ago I worked with 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in a private school whose students ranged from nursery to eighth grade. Children were not allowed to bring toy guns. They did, however, have access to a wood shop.

My kids (especially the little boys) spent virtually every visit to the shop transforming scrap wood and nails into lethal weapons of the imagination.

Guns are not just tools, as some suggest. They are cultural symbols of power, control and self-reliance. That's why we're seeing such visceral resistance to even the most modest restrictions.

Perhaps comedian Chris Rock is right: Let people keep their guns, but make ammunition difficult to obtain and prohibitively expensive.

Greg Lewis


Bill Walton's attitude on Wildcats grates

What is with Bill Walton's negativity directed at the Wildcats, no matter whom we play? He never stops putting them down except to praise the other teams.

I wondered at the Washington game what the heck he was doing, but Wednesday was even worse.

All those other teams sure must be great. I guess we have just had a long streak of good luck.

It got so bad his partner tried on several occasions to change the subject, but Walton stubbornly kept on. He talked incessantly.

When it got to be too much, we had to mute the sound. There must be some standard for sports announcers?!

Barbara Koizumi


Reviewer missed some virtues of 'Freud'

Re: the Jan. 27 review "Analyze this: 'Freud' has serious problems."

My wife and I respectfully disagree with Kathleen Allen's review of "Freud's Last Session," at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson. While we agree the play did not offer provocative answers to the religious divide between Christianity and atheism, we feel that it did offer an insight into the characters' thinking on the subjects.

It would be impossible in an hour and a half performance to even partially deal with the religious differences between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis.

The play did, however, provide a compassionate look into the character of both parties at the beginning of World War II. They explored issues of childhood, fear, happiness and death in an interesting, humorous and provocative manner.

Harold and Becky Strain


Tucson resembles a Third World city

There is a whole list of things to drive the gem show out of Tucson besides the streetcar construction. The Third World city streets (potholes and chunks of missing pavement) all over Tucson, tagging everywhere, trash everywhere, weed-filled medians and the crime, just to name a few.

Las Vegas and Phoenix are much more appealing. Too bad the people running the city feel that it is more important to give free bus passes to 40 percent of people who are riding Sun Tran at a cost of $42 million this year than to spend that money on what we pay taxes for - roads, police, fire, etc.

Face the fact: It is just a matter of time before Tucson turns into Detroit. My sister had not been here in 20 years, and when she visited in November 2012, the first thing she said was, "I didn't know you lived in a Third World city."

Robyn Montgomery

Marketing assistant, Tucson

Men facing women in combat will give up

Re: women in combat.

This could very well stop a war! I'm not sure what you would do, but I'm pretty sure what I would do if I saw a horde of angry women with guns charging at me: I think the smartest thing to do would be to raise my hands, surrender and sign a peace treaty!

Roger Shipley

Retired, Green Valley

Coughing into the hand

Re: the Feb. 9 letter to the editor "Coughing into arm is a dumb idea."

Addressing the letter writer who wants me to cough in my hand instead of my arm. If I were to do so, and met her, shaking hands, she would have my germs and my "spittle and snot" in her hands.

George Perlmutter