Book-signing Leonard

accommodated his fans

Re: the Aug. 21 article

“ ‘Writer’s writer’ helped launch Tucson book fest.”

Among Tucson’s connections with the late, great Elmore Leonard is his appearance in 1991 at the Arizona Daily Star’s annual Book & Author event. Leonard was promoting his new book, “Maximum Bob,” about a colorful judge whose nickname was based on his reputation for handing out the maximum sentence allowed on any criminal convicted in his court.

Not infrequently, authors limited autographing sessions to signing just their newest books, which they were traveling to promote and why their publishers sent them to events like the Star’s. But not Leonard. Pleasant, self-effacing, available, he signed every book a fan brought to his table — and people literally showed up with cardboard boxes full of them.

J.C. Martin

Book reviewer, Tucson

More praise for series

examining poverty

The Daily Star’s recent series is almost a war on poverty in itself. The publishers, editors, reporters and feature writers have collaborated in a superb study of poverty in the city — the causes, the contributing factors, the victims, the Catch-22s. The impact of national and local laws and the economy, along with factors of teen pregnancy, lack of affordable housing and the conditions on Indian reservations also are examined.

Supplementing the series are collateral articles such as Sarah Garrecht Gassen’s in-depth look at a local elementary school and David Fitzsimmons’ meditation on rising from poverty. The overall focus of the series is positive, in that understanding can lead to solving the problem and ensuring the well-being of the city and its citizens. It is an outstanding effort.

Karen Haggar

Retired teacher, Tucson

Foreigners have duty

to guard our embassies

Re: the Aug. 3 article “Al-Qaida is poised to strike, US warns.”

I don’t doubt that closing dozens of embassies in the Muslim world is a wise response. We know from Benghazi that we are unable or unwilling to protect our embassies and staff in foreign countries. What I don’t understand is why we have to protect and defend our embassies. We would certainly protect and repel any attack on any foreign embassy in the United States.

I think it is perfectly logical to expect our embassies and personnel would be protected by any country, especially any country receiving economic aid from the U.S. It would also be perfectly logical to explain to the leaders of those countries that should our embassy be attacked, we will end any and all financial support. Better yet, tell them we will transfer their designated financial support to Israel.

Eldon Housley

Cowboy poet, Tucson

Trust the scientists

on global warming

Re: the Aug. 5 editorial “Journalists must report ‘maybes’ on climate change.”

Undoubtedly, the author of this editorial does not understand how science works. Like all scientists, climate scientists rely on peer review, in which scientific data is reviewed by fellow scientists and either accepted or rejected. The scientific communities from the developed and developing countries around the world have agreed, come to a consensus, that there is human-caused global warming. I suggest the author research the climate scientific communities around the world. Or just remain ignorant of the facts on global warming.

WM Grundhoefer

Green Valley

Golfer is a bad example

with tobacco use

There is much to admire about the recently crowned PGA champion Jason Dufner. What is not to be admired, however, is his use of smokeless tobacco. According to the National Cancer Institute, smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer, esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer. Using smokeless tobacco may also cause heart disease, gum disease and oral lesions.

Jon Grantham

Golfer, Tucson