Slavery, genocide also part of US history

Re: the Feb. 5 letter to the editor "Christian principles should be taught."

The writer attempted to link today's violence and lack of civility to the fact that Christian principles, specifically the 10 Commandments, are not taught in public schools. The writer goes on to say that the principles of Christ are part of American history.

Genocide of Native Americans and enslavement of the African race are also part of American history. Those Christian principles didn't seem to increase civility toward those particular groups, as well as many others.

I'm all for more civility, and I think the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule, for the most part, are sound, logical policies that should guide one's ethical behavior.

But don't try to tell me that Christianity or any other religion is the answer to our problems. A review of world history will show that religion has often been the source of great tragedy and evil.

I believe morality is within every individual and expressed through their behavior, not their beliefs.

Ed Espinoza

Retired manager, Tucson

Christianity not sole source of morality

Re: the Feb. 5 letter to the editor "Christian principles should be taught."

Once again, somebody thinks that Christianity is the sole source of civility, good morals and ethics and cites slave owner Thomas Jefferson to back up this claim. I wonder if the millions of victims of murder, torture and other horrors in the name of "Christianity" would agree with that premise.

Neither myself nor any of my relatives have ever been Christians nor have we been taught "the principles of Christ." Yet my agnostic father was the most honest, highly ethical and moral person I have ever known, and the rest of my family are good, decent people who possess a variety of religious beliefs, including atheists such as myself.

If our nation is awash in violence and lacks "common-sense principles" as the letter's author believes, it is certainly not because religious principles are excluded from education, politics or the teaching of morality.

Jessica Hamdan


Placement of articles is baffling

Re: the Feb. 5 article "Officer demoted for video, photos."

I wondered why this article made the front page.

Then, turning to Page 2, I saw the article "Rio Nuevo board approves plan to settle all differences with the city" and was surprised why that didn't make the front page. The article stated that the board had decided to end all litigation, property disputes, audits and other issues with the city and move on.

So basically even though millions of taxpayer dollars disappeared, let's just forget about it and start over.

Interesting that there are people in jail for stealing a couple of hundred dollars, but I guess this is just different.

For some reason that doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Pat Darcy


Belief systems already common in the schools

Re: the Feb. 6 guest opinion "Senate bill is an end run to get religion into Arizona public schools."

I believe "religion" is already in the public schools. "Biological evolution and the chemical origins of life" are not demonstrable or provable by the scientific method Gil Shapiro describes and are therefore only a belief system (religion?).

Any discussion of what scientists "think" happened in the past is not scientific. Evolution cannot be tested, since it supposedly takes millions of years, and no one can know for certain what happened in the past unless they were there.

How does Shapiro know that what happened in the past is "flat-out wrong"? Why do we allow some nonscientific "ideas" in the public science classroom and not others? This is "free thought"?

Tom Kabel

Retired science teacher, Tucson

Whew, finally: action on shopping cart issue

Re: the Feb 6 article "Task force will take on shopping carts."

I would like to publicly thank the City Council for finally tackling the problem of shopping carts. After all, shopping carts are a huge problem.

Why, they are a larger problem than all of the potholes and bad roads throughout the city. They are a larger problem than trying to lure businesses here, keep businesses here and ensure that the TCC is not only in the best shape possible, but is constantly booked.

I would even go so far as to say that shopping carts are a much larger problem than ensuring we have enough police officers and firefighters.

Thank you, City Council, for proving once again that none of you should be in positions of authority. Ever!

You get what you vote for, Tucsonans!

Jon Hurtado