Honor Declaration’s

timeless wisdom

Each morning my sixth-grade students stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and an abridged version of the Declaration of Independence. It is a stirring experience to hear these young voices speak such powerful words:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

As we remember the anniversary of the March on Washington, I would suggest that every American try standing in their own home and recite these words clearly and with pride. Then as you step out the door to begin your day, keep them in your heart. Remember that those you meet are precious humans who deserve kindness and respect.

Monica Christensen

Teacher, Tucson

Golf management

is very much the issue

Re: the Aug. 9 letter to the editor “Golf management isn’t the issue.”

The letter writer’s political hatreds are evident and his logic is wrong. Ask the people associated with Canoa Hills, Canoa Ranch, Arizona National, Forty Niner, Torres Blancas and San Ignacio how well an out-of-town owner worked for them. We will be lucky if the now-local owners of a few of these courses can save them.

Not everybody belongs to a country club or has membership to a private course. The public courses are very important to greater Tucson. Let’s hope a solution is reached and we can all enjoy golfing without politics screwing things up.

Bob Horn

Retired, Green Valley

Embassy closures:

Gov’t can’t get it right

With the reopening of 18 of our foreign embassies, one has to wonder about the underlying basis for lack of action related to one event and the overreaction to another. Case in point: Seems our insightful, well-informed government ignored Benghazi by taking no action, then goes over the top by closing 20 of our foreign offices based on chatter characterized as the worse threat to our security since 9/11.

Makes you wonder. Maybe if political considerations were taken out of the equation we’d get it right, but don’t hold your breath. Getting it right doesn’t seem to be the hallmark of present-day politics.

Don M. Weaver

Marketing consultant, Tucson

Marcus shows bias

in Wash. Post column

Re: the Aug. 7 column “Post’s sale upends our world, yet hope abounds.”

The column revealed Ruth Marcus’ feminist bias in her discussion of the history of the Washington Post by not mentioning Katherine Graham’s father or husband.

Her father, Eugene Meyer, a shrewd, successful investor with no previous newspaper experience, purchased the Washington Post in 1933 at a public auction for $825,000. The Post had been mismanaged for years and was down to only 12-page editions. Meyer had to fund its losses for the first 22 years he owned it.

Katherine’s husband, Phil Graham, ran the paper from 1946 until his suicide in 1963. He was the consummate political insider, close to Lyndon Johnson and Jack Kennedy. He made the Post a first-class newspaper. Katherine Graham did not have any involvement with the Post until her husband’s death.

Douglas R. Holm

CPA, Tucson