Climate change

threatens disaster

Why is it that many Americans still believe that climate change is being debated by our scientific community?

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has developed an initiative ( with a key message for every American: “We are at risk of pushing our climate system towards abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts; and the sooner we act, the lower the risk and cost.”

Some answers as to what can be done will be addressed in a lecture by John A. “Skip” Laitner, international resource and energy economist. Laitner is currently advising governments in France, Russia and New Zealand on converting their economies from a carbon-based energy system to hyper-energy-efficient and mixed-energy systems.

Laitner will be speaking Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Tucson’s Milagro Cohousing Community, 3057 N. Gaia Place, on what we can do to lessen impending local and national climate disasters.

Timothy Lohman

Emeritus professor

University of Arizona

Bigotry in business

simply isn’t smart

Re: the April 8 article “High court rules for lesbians in NM photo case.”

After reading this article, I’ve seen it all in terms of homophobia and bigotry.

You aren’t gay? Fine. Don’t want to talk to your kids about homosexuality? To each his own. But not wanting to photograph a couple for the most important day of their lives together because of your own beliefs? Unacceptable.

The First Amendment technically protects the photographer on the grounds of “freedom of religion,” but let’s not forget that somewhere in that same document was a little clause stating that some people added up to only three-fifths of a person.

If I owned a business, you better believe that there would never be a time when my personal views affected my business and rapport with customers. It isn’t smart. As comedian Andy Borowitz put it, even our great governor, Jan Brewer, had the “awkward realization that gay people have money.”

Oksana Perez

Student, Tucson

Flake is wrong

on tax-exempt groups

Recent letters to the editor responding the Sen. Jeff Flake’s guest column are spot-on. Flake fails to understand that the current interpretation of 501(c)(4)s violates congressional law.

Without Congress’ authority, the Internal Revenue Service changed wording from “exclusively” to “primarily” promoting social welfare for a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt qualification.

I suggest that Flake prod his colleagues in the House to stop wasting money by holding hearing after hearing to create made-up scandals and simply enforce the law as it was written.

These groups are political whether they are liberal or conservative. Taxpayers should not subsidize these groups. They have no transparency and do not report donors.

Flake’s concern for free speech and fair play should be directed to the GOP House leadership, which refuses to allow bills of importance to the American people and vital to principles of our democracy to come to the floor .

Kathy Krucker

Retired, Tucson

Thanks to 2 men who

helped elderly mom

On April 12 my husband and I were helping my 97-year-old mother into the car outside of Red Lobster at Oracle and River when she  began to fall.

We lowered her to the ground , and two wonderful young men came over and helped us lift my mother into the car. We neglected to get their names .

We just want to express how caring these men were and how much we appreciated their help.

Ginny Berkey

Retired, SaddleBrooke

It’s time to change

‘reality’ of guns

Re: the April 16 letter to the editor “Giffords needed uniformed guards.”

The writer dismisses the need for gun control and lays the blame on Giffords, saying, “The world is the way it is. Live in reality.”

In truth, haven’t we created this “reality” by drinking the National Rifle Association’s Kool-Aid, misinterpreting the Second Amendment and allowing guns to proliferate without even the most reasonable restrictions?

Now every altercation  may turn deadly. Fear begets fear. Is this the “reality” we sought? How I yearn for the good old days of just brawls and stabbings, when a crazy person could be overtaken before harming so many.

We have the power to eventually change our most recent “reality” back to something saner. Unfortunately, even a Sandy Hook couldn’t galvanize our will to do it. What will it take?

Dana Whitson

RN, Oro Valley