painted with too broad a brush

Re: the Feb. 26 column “CNN reveals real Al Melvin, unfortunately for him.”

As a footnote to Tim Steller’s column, not all SaddleBrooke residents are “charmed” by Sen. Al Melvin. We live in SaddleBrooke and most emphatically disagree with his narrow-minded and convoluted views about “freedom.”

Jim and Glennda Merry

Retired, Tucson

State senators looked silly on national TV

Perhaps the state Legislature should consider adopting a new bill prohibiting Arizona state senators from appearing on national television and making total fools out of themselves.

Watching our “esteemed” state senators on CNN this week fumbling over SB 1062 was almost more embarrassing to Arizona citizenry than the bill itself.

LG Meskill

Consultant, Tucson

Sacrifice the Warthog for the national good

Re: the Feb. 26 guest column “D-M’s unlovely Warthogs play a critical role, must not be cut.”

It is unfortunate for the Tucson community that the Defense Department is considering ending the life of the A-10 aircraft. If this occurs, there is no doubt that it will have a significant negative economic impact on our region.

But if our country is to grow and prosper and face critical issues in the future with limited resources, then we must allow these difficult decisions to be made. It is time that we let the military end programs that they no longer need or want to complete their mission.

History tells us that our politicians will do whatever is necessary to obstruct the Defense Department in carrying out their objectives. The business of national defense is an ever-changing undertaking. Let us all be willing to sacrifice something for the benefit of our country.

Until we collectively take that step, solving difficult problems and achieving our goals will be much more difficult.

Steven Kaye

Retired, Marana

In two one-act plays, Borderlands hits hard

The current Borderlands Theater one-act plays valen la pena. They are worth seeing, recent lukewarm reviews notwithstanding.

The first, “Maria’s Circular Dance,” takes us into the heart of cartel cruelty, of lost sons and men, and the psychic mortgage of the soul. The second, “Trash,” in a private prison, juxtaposes jailer and jailed, also locked into payments too high.

The same actors perform in both pieces, a tour de force, and the one-acts play off each other. Maria dances out the door to meet her fate, the only question how painful it will be. In “Trash,” Elizardo will take a bus back to Mexico, where he will not last two minutes after informing on the cartel.

You can go until March 2, so go. The plays do not go down easy. They are not simply entertaining. They are dramatizations of our borderlands world. We live here.

Laurie Jurs

Retired, Green Valley