Cyclist responsible

for his actions, accident

Re: the Jan. 10 article “High-ranking county administrator seeks $6M over bike-accident injuries.”

I find it extremely ironic how one of the top administrators of Pima County is suing because of a bike accident that was completely his fault. Martin Willett of all people should know just how bad most of the roads in Tucson are and if you’re going to ride a bicycle on those roads, you have to pay attention to what you’re doing. He most certainly was not.

While I do sympathize for how badly Willett was hurt, I feel his $6 million lawsuit is ridiculous only because he is simply failing to accept responsibility for his own actions. I have been an avid cyclist for many years and understand the dangers when I head out onto the streets of Tucson.

Poor road conditions, people texting while driving and a variety of other obstacles are posed to cyclists, but we understand those risks and choose to ride anyway. We ride at our own risk and Willett did just the same.

Daniel Poore


To fix PCC, Lambert needs a new board

I was a member of the Board of Trustees at Centralia Community College in Washington from 1986 to 2000. There, new trustees attend workshops to learn their responsibilities, and the issues at Pima Community College could be a case study in a future workshop.

In 2002 I was named chairman of a presidential search committee at Centralia and Lee Lambert, recently appointed chancellor at PCC, provided legal counsel to the committee.

During the years I was on the board at Centralia we occasionally heard reports of issues at other community colleges. None, however, were as egregious as those at Pima. Lee Lambert can solve the problems at PCC, but the endeavor can be facilitated with a new board, free of controversy and hubris.

If the current Governing Board truly wants to serve the public, it will promptly resign, save the expenses of a recall and end this mess.

Arland Lyons

Retired educator, Sahuarita

No excuse for baseless rhetoric in Internet age

Re: the Jan. 2 letter to the editor “Obama is brilliant — in a manipulative way.”

It is disappointing that with today’s near-universal Internet access, baseless rhetoric such as the aforementioned letter still gets written.

1. Benghazi: Recent in-depth reporting by The New York Times shows the facts about Benghazi. Why continue to toe the Fox News line on this?

2. Fast and Furious: Darrell “Benghazi was an al-Qaida Op” Issa continues to waste taxpayer money on witch hunts —

3. IRS: Did you listen to NPR’s report (“Liberal Groups Say They Received IRS Scrutiny Too,”

Apparently not.

4. Obamacare: Hard to find anything objective on this; so much money has been spent trying to discredit it. And resolution won’t come in these 150 words. Try

There’s a world of knowledge literally at our fingertips. Naiveté is a choice.

S. David Blessing

Retired computer scientist, Tucson

‘Maligned’ group members are shooters

Re: the Jan. 5 letter to the editor “No mass shootings by ‘skinheads,’ ‘cultists.’”

The letter writer asks whether any recent mass shootings were perpetrated by members of groups “maligned” in Ann Shoben’s Dec. 30 guest column.

Two immediately come to mind. In 2012, white supremacist Wade Michael Page murdered six people and wounded four others at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before taking his own life. Also in 2012, neo-Nazi border vigilante Jason Todd Ready murdered four people in Gilbert before turning the gun on himself.

Fortunately, a neo-Nazi skinhead plot to assassinate Barack Obama and dozens of other black Americans was foiled in 2008 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

As for the NRA, repugnant remarks by board member Ted Nugent, president James Porter and past president Wayne LaPierre are eerily similar to the paranoid, hateful rhetoric of anti-government cultists.

If strident gun worshipers wonder why some of us think they’re unhinged, it’s because we listen to what they say.

Keith Schaeffer

Technical writer, Tucson