Great: We're stuck with Bill Walton

It's not enough that we Direct TV subscribers can't get the Pac-12 Network channel, thus missing some of the Arizona Wildcats games as well as some of the other Pac-12 games of interest, but we get stuck with Bill Walton on ESPN as well.

His own broadcast partners can obviously barely stand to listen to his incessant ramblings about Jerry Garcia, Linda Ronstadt, etc. He is, and always has been, a person who is far more interested in hearing his own voice pontificating about anything that pops into his head at any point in the broadcast.

Mike Liggett

Retired, Tucson

McCain was big help in electing Obama

Re: the Feb. 7 letter to the editor "It's time to recall McCain."

Hey, go for it. However, you Dems will be shooting yourselves in the foot. McCain helped elect Obama twice, once when he was the nominee and again when he personally endorsed Romney.

Frank Lollar

Retired, Marana

 Wildcat fans, demand ouster of Walton

Re: the Feb. 7 letter to the editor "Walton's commentary was biased vs. Arizona."

It is time that basketball fans of the University of Arizona start some type of a movement to have Bill Walton removed as an announcer or analyst for UA basketball games.

When he was a player at UCLA, he was nothing but a big crybaby, and to listen to him today, he still is. When I am watching the game, sometimes I wonder if he is watching the same game that I am. He has managed to insult most of the UA players, and also the coaching staff.

I have found one way to avoid his voice: Turn on the radio and put the TV on mute. Not all of us can attend the games in person, but we do support the team by watching. So let us start a movement to replace Bill Walton.

John McCall


Parents must step up on pre-K teaching

Re: "The Feb. 8 article "Think tank allied with White House offers preschool-for-all plan."

The Center for American Progress is once again pushing its agenda of taking child-rearing responsibility away from parents and giving it to the federal government - an idea I am sure the current president would embrace.

There was a time when most moms and dads actually prepared their children for kindergarten and grade school with reading and rudimentary math instruction. Our public education today is abysmal as it is, but by big government stepping into the role of Mom and Dad, it will further drive a wedge between parents and schools at a time when parental involvement in their child's education is needed more than ever.

I understand the stress of single-parent families, but it is still the responsibility of Mom or Dad.

Ceding parental responsibility to the feds will only escalate the dumbing-down of America and the family unit while further raising taxes to pay for this debacle.

Lindsey Smith

Retired, Tucson

Boy Scouts shouldn't be swayed by zealots

I have three boys who earned the rank of Eagle Scout and would love to see the Boy Scout organization welcome all boys regardless of their race, religious affiliation or sexual orientation into their ranks.

Those who are against admitting gays seem to be confusing morals with religious doctrine.

We all know that there are exceptional people who are honest, caring and tremendous assets to their communities who have no religious affiliation.

We have also seen those individuals who regularly attend their religious institutions, and are at times their leaders, who have fallen below what we consider a moral code of conduct.

While those such as Gov. Rick Perry ask the Boy Scouts of America not to be swayed by public opinion, I would ask that they not be swayed by religious zealots and do what is best for the young men of our nation.

Let's teach them all to be those trustworthy, kind, brave and courteous people we need to lead our nation.

Kathleen Ballou


Cough into your arm, and I will, too

Re: the Feb. 9 letter to the editor "Coughing into arm is a dumb idea."

I guess the letter writer would rather a sneeze or cough was in a disease-invested cloud looking for a victim, or on the spoon handle at a buffet or on a door handle entering the hospital visitor area.

I travel extensively, most people shiver when someone sneezes or coughs on an airplane or other confined space. People look to see where the cloud is going; my direction? I hope not.

If everyone would cover coughs and sneezes or use their arm instead of their hands, and wash their hands frequently, and no one allowed children to handle serving utensils at a buffet, and if people in the service industry would stop touching their noses, eyes or hair before serving a customer, we'd all do better and fight fewer infectious diseases.

We're sharing common spaces; consideration wouldn't hurt.

Cough into your arm. I'll do the same.

Keith J. NeVille II

Retired, Sahuarita