Poem on firefighters offered hope

Re: the July 5 letter to the editor "Brave firemen ... can you see them now?"

I have spent the last week in sorrow and doom and gloom over our lost firemen. And then John Brady sent in his poem. What a wonderful man to have such thoughts in his head to give me hope again, and probably hope to others. Thank you.

Jean Love Darland

Retired, Tucson

Can't take 'Old Pueblo' out of 'Tucson'

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

I have lived here most of my life. Our kids are fifth-generation Tucsonans and we all share the historical and cultural aspects of our Old Pueblo.

Maybe New York City should change its nickname from the Big Apple because there are no apple tree groves in Manhattan, or Los Angeles should change its nickname as the City of Angels because I don't recall seeing any angels there except for the baseball team.

As Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said, "The Old Pueblo is part of who we are." Tucson will always be the Old Pueblo to most of us who have spent a lifetime here. Don't we have a few more important issues to address?

Rob Weiss


'Old Pueblo' describes how Tucson looks

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

The "Old Pueblo" is a perfect description of Tucson. The first perception a visitor has is worn-out streets.

Billy H. Conn


Let's elect educators to TUSD board

What's with the TUSD spending taxpayers' dollars?

The district now admits that the computer system that has been in use for several years is not efficient so TUSD plans to dump it - $10 million down the proverbial drain. And how much more will the board spend for a new system? They plan on spending $300,000 on a PR campaign that includes the design of a new logo for the district. Supposedly this will ultimately improve the image the community has of TUSD. Nonsense.

The way to improve its image is to provide quality education for youngsters. Why not take that money and buy badly needed supplies and other materials for classrooms?

This may very well be the least efficient board the district has had. Perhaps it's time for a change. Vote out the politicos on the school board and bring in educators.

Ken Wright

Retired, Tucson

'Mea culpa,' says letter writer

Re: the June 8 letter to the editor "Christianity doesn't follow Golden Rule."

In my letter I stated that, "All Christian believers I've known have expressed irritation, even revulsion, at the thought of being proselytized by someone outside their faith, especially if it means abandoning their Christian worldview in favor of the alternative."

I should have known better than to cast such a wide net and now feel obligated to set the record straight.

In a recent email, the Rev. Herb Chilstrom - first elected Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (now retired), and whom I've known since spring of 2012 - explained that he, for one, often welcomes such overtures with cordiality and grace.

Let the record show that I stand corrected.

John W. Patterson

Green Valley

Can't defend decision on El Rio Golf Course

The casual dismissal of the opportunity to exchange a financial liability (El Rio Golf Course) for an enterprise with a $50 million annual payroll (Grand Canyon University campus) is unbelievable. In exchange for the ongoing economic benefits that a GCU campus would generate, the city can afford to build a building at Silverbell Golf Course for the Tucson Conquistadores' First Tee program.

University campuses are consistently attractive sites with ample green space, not simply masses of buildings and concrete as contended by the opposition group. Criteria for green space and architecture of a GCU campus can be incorporated into a sales agreement. A campus and its students would enhance local commerce - were the Barrio Hollywood businesses consulted on this decision? A university at this location would foster educational interests and aspirations, generate new jobs and enhance the local economy.

John A. Schmitz


Southern GOP needs accurate name

In the early and middle years of the 20th century, the racist politicians in the Southern states were Democrats who liked to call themselves "Dixiecrats." In recent decades however, the Southern politicians who seek to disenfranchise black voters are Republicans. Perhaps they should be called the "Dixiegopers."

Richard Coan

Retired professor, Tucson