Parents must help raise children's success rates

Re: the April 1 article "Teacher judging to get stricter."

Once again we place all the responsibility for a child's learning on the teacher, while ignoring that of the parents.

When I was a teacher, I was struck by the interest shown by the parents of students who were succeeding, and by the noninterest shown by parents of those who had problems. You could see it immediately in parent-teacher evenings. My calendar was filled with parents of kids who made good grades, while it was nearly empty of parents of problem learners.

Why do we not read of any efforts to get parents to work with their children to raise their success rates? The teacher teaches, but it is the parent who is responsible for ensuring his child learns. Mom, Dad, this is your problem.

Jim Nickerson

Retired, Green Valley

Don't be fooled by Bloomberg's group

Anyone who thinks that Michael Bloomberg and his group support our Second Amendment rights isn't looking at his public record of being against every form of gun ownership.

This is the man who knows more than you do about everything. This includes how much you can order to eat or drink. New York has some of the most restrictive anti-gun laws and some of the highest violence in America. Don't be fooled by this guy.

Larry D. Allgood

Optometrist, Tucson

'Clean Elections' not cause of crackpots

Re: The April 1 editorial " 'Clean Elections' deserves a quick death."

I am constantly amazed how certain journalists confuse correlation with causation.

I know of not a shred of evidence that Clean Elections "caused" fringe candidates to win elections. One need only examine who won elections before Clean Elections existed to see that Arizona has a long history of electing "crackpot" legislators.

Clean Elections never promised that it would result in better legislators, only that "big money" could no longer "buy" elections. Although court decisions have weakened Clean Elections, if what we want is for big money interests, "dark money," to again determine who wins elections then our wish will be granted with the demise of Clean Elections.

Phil Lopes

Former state legislator and four-time Clean Elections candidate, Tucson

Miller, team deserve apology from Pac-12

Re: the April 2 article "Bounty remarks on Miller 'in jest.' "

It has now come to light that the head of the Pac-12 officials, Ed Rush, offered a bribe right before the game if Miller was given a technical. When Larry Scott, the commissioner of the Pac-12, investigated this bribe - he ascertained that Rush was "joking."

If the chief of police offered a bribe to have a man arrested and that person was arrested less than 24 hours later for no apparent reason, would we ever believe that these statements were "a joke"?

To maintain the integrity of the Pac-12, we must insist that the $25,000 fine be removed and that Larry Scott issue a public apology on behalf of the Pac-12 to Coach Miller and the team.

Kathryn Stevenson

Aviation company owner, Tucson

'In jest' just an excuse when there is no excuse

Re: the April 2 article "Bounty remarks on Miller 'in jest.' "

How can anyone seriously believe Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott's statement that Ed Rush's bounty comments were made "in jest"?

Isn't that the excuse that people use when they have no real excuse for their actions? How would a police officer or judge react to a defendant if they if they said their actions were just a joke? I don't think there would be much sympathy.

However, I believe that there is a broader issue here, the NCAA. The NCAA exists to regulate college sports programs' personnel and financial activities with their players to make sure there are no infractions of the rules, but who regulates the NCAA?

On Aug. 1, 2012, as a result of the Penn State-Joe Paterno scandal, the NCAA selected former Sen. George Mitchell as the independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State.

I believe that an independent integrity monitor should be selected by a neutral group to monitor the NCAA.

Arnold Kerman

Retired executive, Tucson

Eliminate PCC funding if it loses accreditation

The recent news coming from Pima Community College is not good. It is time for a drastic change to take place within the culture of the school and the Governing Board.

I suggest it is time more pressure be placed upon PCC and its "administrative staff," and in fact it probably needs to extend to the Board of Governors.

I strongly feel our tax dollars should not go to any educational facility in the state that does not meet accreditation standards.

Therefore I request our state legislators put together a bill that says if an educational facility in Arizona does not meet its accreditation standards, we as property-tax payers do not have to send our hard-earned tax dollars to support said facility.

Joel Sigel

Oro Valley

Cut of 5% of vacations would be real savings

Re: the April 4 article "Obama to return 5 percent of salary to US government."

Let me see. The president earns $400,000 a year. Five percent of $400,000 is a whopping $20,000. Wow! Maybe the president could cut 5 percent of his vacations. (The last I heard he had taken four in three months). It costs some $180,000 an hour just to fly Air Force One. Now that would be a real savings.

John Tomy