Racism, anti-Semitism aren't just 'gaffes'

Re: the June 17 article "Some gaffes heard 'round the world, due to Internet."

The Arizona Daily Star never ceases to disappoint me, a 40-year subscriber to your publication.

I was particularly disturbed by the headline referring to the Twitter account of Tanner Flake, Sen. Jeff Flake's son, as merely one of a number of Internet "gaffes."

Racial, homophobic and anti-Semitic rants are not mere gaffes, casual or unintentional mistakes. I don't know if your headline writer uses a dictionary but even a casual Web search will inform him or her that the Twitter posting by Flake's son is vile, offensive and clearly racist - and intentional.

The senator's attempt at damage control is too late. A lame apology by the senator doesn't work; his son Tanner requires some purposeful education, and that is a responsibility in which, sadly, the family has profoundly failed.

Bob Ruggill

Retired, Tucson

Answer to student debt is lower tuition costs

Re: the June 9 guest column "Keeping down the cost of student loans will benefit Arizona, nation."

The column was written by, what a surprise, a university president and a Democrat politician. Cheap, easy-to-get home mortgages caused home prices to skyrocket and massive debt loads on borrowers that ruined many lives and collapsed our economy. Likewise, cheap, easy-to-get college loans have caused tuition to skyrocket and left students with crushing debt they might never pay off.

Right now college loans are the largest single source of debt in the United States. I ask why University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart isn't working with university presidents across the country to find ways to lower tuition and provide better access rather than campaigning for more cheap money to take from students.

In 10 years or so I can see Rep. Ron Barber's campaign slogan, "Vote for me and I will forgive your student loan."

Richard Bingle

Retired, Oro Valley

Obama's appointment of Rice insults us all

Re: the June 6 article "Obama names UN envoy Rice as his national security aide."

The president's appointment of Susan Rice as his new national security adviser was not only a poke in the eye of the GOP, it was also a jab at all Americans, in particular the families of the four Americans killed by terrorists in Benghazi.

By appointing Rice to this critical position, Obama has effectively assured her silence if she were ever to be called in front of a congressional oversight committee in their endeavor to uncover the truth about the Benghazi massacres.

Lindsey Smith

Retired, Tucson

Supervisors must stop tax-fueled pipe dreams

Re: the June 6 article "Pima sees Formula 1 racetrack in future."

Economic conditions are still dire in Pima County. Many in the private sector are still out of jobs, have no pension or health-care benefits. This doesn't, however, stop the supervisors and administrator longing for the days when excess was available and much waste evolved.

They propose higher tax rates instead of controlling costs and staying within increased revenue from growth.

Homeowners cannot afford a "little" higher tax on top of already the highest property taxes in the state, despite what the out-of-touch politicians "feel." We don't need a Formula 1 racetrack to follow the costly Tucson Electric Park debacle and other property-tax-funded pipe dreams that private investments shun.

We need our streets fixed, basic services provided at scrutinized cost and the bloated county bureaucracy rationalized to a condition that brings property taxes closer to the rest of the state.

Dan McWilliams

Retired, Tucson

Thanks for warning about perfumed ads

I cannot thank you enough for your notification about perfumed ads and the kindness you showed me and my fellow sufferers of toxic smells in your Sunday paper. What might smell sexy to one person could send another to the hospital.

You saved me from the tormented pains of a migraine! One whiff, or even a touch of perfume, can make me sick for days. Consider one improvement please: Put a yellow sticky note on the front page.

Dr. Lisa S. Newman


Wrap-around ads help support newspaper

Re: the June 16 letter to the editor "Star should stop using wraparound ads."

While I find wraparound ads can be annoying (I just remove them from each section), if this keeps the Arizona Daily Star printed newspaper in business, I am all for it.

If you watch TV, you see annoying pop-ups for future programs all the time. If you go on the Internet, there are ads proliferating on each website. So I guess I can accept these ads.

Judy Hubbard

Retired, Tucson