Quote undermines SB 1070 argument

Re: the Feb. 15 article "Bill to let 'Dreamers' get licenses goes nowhere."

The Transportation Committee's chair, Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, was quoted as saying, "You can't have individual states making up rules about how we're going to handle illegal immigrants here. It's got to be something that we say this is what all of us states agree on."

I wonder if she realizes that she just negated the entire argument behind SB 1070.

Dale Mann

Retired, Tucson

Evolution is science, not wishful thinking

Re: the Feb. 12 letter to the editor "Belief systems already common in the schools."

For the sake of diversity of opinion, I assume, the Star sees fit to print letters where a reader makes a ridiculous claim and questions valid, widely accepted facts. Case in point: the retired science teacher (!) who again trots out the premise that acceptance of evolution is like belief in a religion.

Evolution is not a belief based on wishful thinking of what its adherents hope is true. It is based on more than 160 years of research and experimentation. Like all scientific theories, it not only explains the observations made and data generated by trained scientists, it also has predictive value. These predictions on evolution's validity have survived repeated tests, particularly in the last few decades with advances in molecular biology and biochemistry.

A bumper sticker I saw on a car on Broadway says it all: "I don't believe in evolution, I understand it."

Peter Bourque

M.S., agronomy and plant

genetics, Tucson

Will Jan point the way to border problems?

Re: the Feb. 13 article "Governor tours border, invites Obama to visit, see problems."

Interesting photo. All five digits showing. Makes one wonder if the president would be privy to seeing all of them in a civil greeting. Or is the invitation just intended to be a lesson in "jan-itizing" the border?

Don Gerlach

Retired, Tucson

Give Bill Walton the credit he deserves

Someone should ask Bill Walton for his musings regarding UCLA's 88-game winning streak and seven straight NCAA basketball championships ending during his senior year playing days.

Raymond Silverstein

Retired, Tucson

Many found photo of hunter, 10, troubling

Regarding letters written about hunting regulations. What needs to be done to preserve and regulate wildlife for citizens of Arizona was not the issue.

It was the picture of a young boy smiling and holding a beautiful but dead animal that many found disturbing.

The thrill of photography with live wildlife would receive more congratulations for this young boy.

Lyletta Groves

Retired housewife, Oro Valley

Columnist omits facts about Calvin Coolidge

Re: the Feb. 14 George Will column "Loquacious Barack could learn a lot from Silent Cal."

Will lists the supposed accomplishments of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, intoning, "During the 67 months of his presidency (1923-1929), the national debt, the national government, the federal budget, unemployment and even consumer prices shrank. The GDP expanded 13.4 percent."

What Will conveniently omits is the fact that Coolidge's laissez-faire policies, including tax cuts and limited government spending, contributed to the economic problems that erupted into the Great Depression of 1929.

Tom House

Retired, Tucson

Guns, embryos have something in common

Regarding HB 2455, the bill to prevent the destruction of guns acquired by government buyback programs, it kind of does make sense. After all, the Legislature is trying to also make destroying an embryo illegal. Remember, "it's not a choice; it's a gun!"

Art Boehm

Retired, Vail

Walton brings back Dizzy Dean memories

Many of you do not remember Dizzy Dean, who played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and later became a baseball announcer on radio and TV. When he started on radio many teachers wanted him off the air because of his "country type" language. They were unsuccessful, and Dizzy went on to be one of the most colorful baseball announcers ever.

I consider Bill Walton a modern Dizzy Dean. Sure, he is a little rough around the edges but he brings a little interest and comedy to the basketball games.

Lighten up, folks. If you don't like him, simply turn off the sound and turn on your radio to Brian Jeffries.

Ted Gemoets

Retired, Tucson