Pitbull saved this Iraq vet's life

Re: the Feb. 10 article "Dog bites man - a lot."

In "Dog bites man-a lot," Michael Wood says, "If you knew my dog (a pit bull), he's the biggest lover you've ever met. It all has to do with the owner."

My grandson's parents credit a pit bull with saving their son's life. His four years in the Marine Corps included two tours of duty in Iraq. The first was hell, the second only slightly better.

His hitch up, he returned to the states, but his mind would send him back into the death, the chaos. The Marine Corps gave him a pit bull-his therapy dog. Whenever he was suffering a nightmare, the dog's solid weight and wet tongue would bring him back to reality.

For over a hundred years, pit bulls kept America's children safe; their nickname was "Nanny Dog." How ironic that a dog once our national babysitter is now our newest "demon dog."

Ardyce Whalen


Humanities students explore same questions

Re: the Feb. 9 article "UA's Olympia club all about thinking, debating, exploring."

It's encouraging to hear that a group of University of Arizona students has formed a club to discuss topics that people have been wrestling with for centuries.

One club participant says, "School gives you the tools to get a job, to make money, to survive. But there's more to life than that and school doesn't prepare you for any of it."

In fact, the UA does offer opportunities to engage with life's big questions and ideas. They are addressed in the humanities.

Studying and discussing literature, the arts, history or the other humanities can lay the foundation for deeper understandings and ongoing explorations of what is important in life.

It is particularly wonderful that while the Olympia Club's undergraduates are thinking about life's crucial issues, across the campus older Tucsonans are having the same energetic discussions about the same questions in UA courses such as the Humanities Seminars.

The humanities are the basis for a life of learning.

Janet Hollander

Retired, Tucson

Other statistics that belong on Page 1

Re: the Feb. 9 letter to the editor "Put gun-death stats on front page."

With his letter, the writer proposes a possible solution to keep issues "from fading off the radar." Not a bad idea. And I'd suggest there are many other stats that could be kept more visible to the public. Here are just a few:

• The national debt, for example. It's an ideal candidate for a daily update.

• The number of people eligible for government assistance.

• The number of days the federal government has operated without a complete approved budget.

• The percentage of government spending that goes toward entitlement programs.

• The percentage of government spending that goes toward defense.

• The number of unemployed legal U.S. residents.

• The number of employed illegal immigrants.

Matthew J. Scully

Engineer, Sahuarita

Bill on parents' moves promotes acrimony

Re: the Feb. 12 article "AZ custodial parents may face new rule on any moves."

I wonder if the legislators supporting this change have ever been through a contentious divorce. If SB 1073 becomes law, the court system will become clogged with petty claims by a noncustodial party in a divorce case who wants to make life miserable for the custodial parent.

This is so obvious it's difficult to understand how this bill made it out of committee. The current 100-mile move without permission is working. What happened to less government intervention in our lives?

Felicia Stickney

Retired courtroom clerk, Tucson