Commie conversation will break up, move on

Re: the June 5 column "At this coffee shop, being a Commie is cool."

When Star columnist Tim Steller sat in on the Marxist discussion group, I was pleased to note he was "bothered" by their failure to acknowledge "some evils committed in the name of Marxism." This is understandable; the enslavement and murder of millions is a trifle off-putting. Still, I'm pretty sure this particular group of leftist/antiquarians can only dream.

On the bright side, their presence on Fourth Avenue could be good for business. These organizations have a talent for splitting up into acrimonious factions. At some point they will fall out over some refinement of Leninist absurdity and half will stomp off to another coffee shop. Pretty soon every cafe will host its own communist movement, buying beverages hand over clenched fist.

Garth Gould


Spend tax dollars on parks, not golf

Re: the June 4 guest column "Romero picked wrong cause, wrong time with El Rio college plan."

While I cannot say what the right answer for the neighborhood is, I do not feel as though my tax dollars should be spent subsidizing golf. Pursuing fiscal sustainability does not equate to an "obsession" with golfers. It means that there are smarter ways to use our general fund dollars.

I want to see better parks, pools open in the summer and road improvements. We had my son's birthday at Joaquin Murrieta park, the pool was closed and the grass was in bad shape. I would rather have my son and other west-side children enjoying a beautiful park rather than golfers enjoying exclusive greens at El Rio.

Michelle Aguilera


When 'minor issues' are ignored, US suffers

Re: the May 30 letter to the editor "Benghazi, IRS, AP relatively minor issues."

The writer of the letter made a highly unbelievable and shocking statement in the closing of his letter. According to him, no matter what the administration does, we should just ignore it and move on. If their actions are questionable, they should be investigated thoroughly. Our nation would suffer greatly if everything is just swept under the rug and we just drop it and move on.

Ken R. Bays

Retired USAF, Benson

Loss of privacy is trade-off for security

Re: the June 8 article "Federal watching rampant these days."

The revelations last week of the extent of data gathering by the government since 9/11 are astounding. However, I believe that this is something we have to accept to assure the security of our nation. As much as I dislike any loss of privacy, there must be a trade-off and we need to realize that we will lose some individual privacy for our collective security.

I doubt that 237 years ago even the most visionary of our Founding Fathers could fathom the technological sophistication that we have developed. Just as I can't imagine the technological advances we will develop over the next 237 years. We must accept the reality of our world to ensure our country's existence in the future.

Arnold Kerman

Retired executive, Tucson

A 'D' can mean many positive things

Re: the May 22 column "AZ grading system hurts 3 Edge schools."

Teaching at Edge High School has taught me that D stands for many things.

Students at Edge participate in their educational process and are encouraged to become productive members of society rather than dependents on welfare. Edge defends democracy by promoting equality and investing in disadvantaged youth to become middle class.

D at Edge stands for dedication without limits, devotion, discipline, dialogue to solve problems, dramatic changes, a difficult mission, desire for success, distinguished for its honorable goals, divine for practicing kindness and acceptance of all and demographic awareness for responding to the needs of at risk youth.

Lastly, D stands for dignity. Edge treats students with dignity and empowers them to build their own destiny rather than allowing circumstances to determine who they are. Edge is deserving of resources to accomplish its mission and to become a model for D schools needed across America.

Maria Anzaldua

Educator, Tucson