Poverty article omitted tribal museum services

Re: the Aug. 8 article “Tribes confront complex problems.”

In an article on poverty, one has naturally got to expect a discussion of problems and their “negative” consequences. With Native Americans at issue, however, “negative” can quickly turn into pity or worse. It is therefore not surprising that top Yaqui and O’odham leaders declined any comment on the piece.

Instead of commiserating, tribal leaders and scholars today relentlessly adopt optimistic forward approaches to build functioning native nations. The article omits an important building block that now gratifyingly fits into local reservation optimism. As of recently, both nations have vibrant museums delivering social services that are nothing but healing and a source of hope for wellness.

The O’odham museum, for example, for the first time in its nation’s history, offers compelling programs that restate history and contemporary affairs from principled reflections on traditional ideology not only in search for but also in proven convictions of viable O’odham futures.

Michael Reinschmidt

Administrator Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum, Topawa

Inflated crowd figures ‘legitimized’ the coup

Re: the Aug. 3 article “Numbers don’t add up for count of 3.7 million at papal Mass in Rio.”

How interesting that The Associated Press decided to correct the inflated figures concerning the papal Mass in Brazil based on the expertise of Clark McPhail, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and a 40-year veteran in crowd analysis.

Regrettably, no such efforts were made regarding the bizarre figures claimed by anti-Morsi demonstrators in Egypt, where numbers ranged from 17 to 30 million! Yet McPhail revealed in a television interview that, to the best of his knowledge, there couldn’t have been more than 1 million protesters in Cairo, with another 500,000 outside the capital.

An overestimation of a Mass in Brazil is harmless. Wild exaggerations in Egypt, however, “legitimized” the military overthrow of a democratically elected leader, an unlawful act that so far has led to over 800 deaths and many hundreds injured, while dragging Egypt to the brink of disaster.

Rosemarie Carnarius

Retired minister, Tucson

Despicable bid by Star

for TUSD names

Re: the Aug. 3 article “Judge to TUSD: Tell other 3 names.”

I think the Daily Star’s decision to go to court to force TUSD to reveal the names of the four candidates for superintendent is despicable. To do so will put these people’s careers in jeopardy. There is a good reasons that these people were promised their names would not be made public. Chances of promotions, raises and personal relationships would surely suffer and they could very possibly be terminated.

I don’t know of anyone who needs to know who these people are. If the Star has valid reasons for needing to know then you should publish those reasons. You may have a legal right to the information, but I question your motives. I suspect the real reason you went to court is because of some feeling of omnipotence that says to you, “how dare TUSD refuse to give some useless information to the mighty Arizona Daily Star?”

Howard Martin

Retired USAF, Tucson

She’s all for holiday day after Thanksgiving

Re: the Aug. 5 article “County could do a holiday switch.”

I am all in favor of Chuck Huckelberry’s proposal to switch Columbus Day for the day after Thanksgiving. This celebration has always been wrong and is offensive the Native Americans. Not to mention, Columbus didn’t even discover North America.

Lucinda Adams