Mothballed planes a waste of money

Re: the Oct. 9 article “AF’s new cargo planes go right to ‘boneyard.’”

Congratulations to Congress for acting responsibly for a change and ending an order on any more planes that will just end up in a parking lot in the desert. After more than a decade of war in more than one theater, you still find hundreds of unused planes at the boneyard.

This is proof positive we need no more and did not need the $35 billion in planes that just sit there. How many federal labs for curing disease and cancer, for instance, could that have funded?

Christine Dykgraaf

Librarian, Tucson

Proud of Ballet Tucson

The opening gala for Ballet Tucson Oct. 11 was a resounding success on every level, from organization to execution.

Any city in the country would be proud to have a company of this quality to call its own and we are very fortunate to be able to call these talented dancers ours. They deserve our full support to enable Ballet Tucson to take its rightful place among the top attractions of the Old Pueblo.

Bob Booth

Realtor, Tucson

Protesting preacher respects God’s laws

Re: the Oct. 11 letter to the editor “Protesting preacher sets poor example.”

The writer says the preacher had no right to interfere with police enforcing SB 1070. The writer is confusing Arizona laws with God’s laws. A preacher can and should protest any civil law that he believes significantly conflicts with God’s laws. God does not recognize national borders or the arrest of anyone violating a border law like SB 1070, which was written by hateful far-right Republican legislators.

Would the writer forbid American ministers in 1860 from protesting slavery laws? What about German ministers and priests who protested the extermination of Jews in 1940? Republicans have a rare ability to rationalize anything.

James Gilbert

Retired, Green Valley

Good food gets dumped while poor go hungry

Recently, I read that Trader Joe’s was starting a process to provide their aging foods to local food banks. I went to my grocer’s website, complimented their store and its visual display of fresh fruits and vegetables and asked if they have a system to provide their aging foods to our local food banks. I received a stock statement about belonging to a national program.

Today, I watched broccoli, being sorted and thrown into a garbage can — perfectly good vegetables thrown into our garbage system while our poor go hungry. I’m convinced that our grocery stores — with some organizational effort — can develop a legal document and process to protect their liability while providing our poor with edible food. Food that is presently going to the garbage dumps.

What can you do? As a customer, ask to see the store manager, email their website — let’s do something!

Roger Engels

Retired, Tucson

They’re veterans,

not part of some mob

Re: the Oct. 14 article “Protesters back at vets memorial.”

The Associated Press article with the author’s egregious attempt at avoiding identifying the participants as veterans, from various conflicts from WWII through the present, was insulting to their service to this country.

By only using the words “crowd” and “protesters” a reader could assume this was an unruly mob. Participants of the Million Vet March represented veterans, many severely disabled or aged, along with their friends and families. This was not solely a political event, or tea-party event, or Republican event.

American veterans were angry that their memorials were being held hostage to make a point in the budget crisis. Did the author really need to include in his last paragraph that there had been one arrest at the Lincoln Memorial for assault, but it was not related to the protest?

Georgianna Murphy

Retired school psychologist, Tucson

Let’s dump those career politicians

I just got back from visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor some of my fallen crew members that didn’t survive the war. They were 19 and 20 years old back in 1944. They gave up their lives to defend the United States and what it stood for. I wonder now, was it worth it for the way politicians are running the country today.

Their self-interest is only to get re-elected; to try and work together and better the country is certainly not in their agenda. The American people should vote for term limits and get all those career politicians out of office and get more conscientious people from all walks of life in there. The people need to take this country back, and demand that things get done in a reasonable cooperative manner in Washington.

Donald Hartranft

Retired, Tucson