Robinson can't see the symptoms of rot

Re: the June 1 column "When will GOP stop acting juvenile and govern?"

True to form, and giving us his versions of the activities, columnist Eugene Robinson calls Republican Senate actions "tantrums" and House committee hearings "investigative play acting." As a ranking member of President Obama's lap-dog media, he seems to see everything in terms of what is good or bad for Obama.

Considering just the IRS dealings with nonprofits, he doesn't see this as a symptom of possible internal rot. Maybe he is ideologically unable to see it as a threat to our republic, a situation where one of the most powerful and intrusive governmental agencies uses its powers to hassle and intimidate groups of citizens because of their political beliefs.

Mr. Robinson's comments about the other scandals are so ideologically slanted that he seems totally unable to present logical or objective arguments supporting his positions.

Richard R. Gallimore

Retired civil engineer, SaddleBrooke

3-D printers a possible threat to gun makers

When I first read about 3-D printers, I flashed on food replicators as seen on "Star Trek," imagining the eradication of hunger.

It was with distress that I learned how a 3-D printer created a functional handgun. I wonder what the National Rifle Association's position on 3D-printers will be. I have long thought that the purpose of the NRA was not to protect the rights of gun owners, but rather to ensure that the manufacturers of firearms have an unencumbered ability to produce arms in any configuration and quantity.

It seems to me the advent of a 3D-printer enabling any individual to create a firearm may be to weapon producers what the cellphone was to land lines. My guess is that the NRA will soon launch a hypocritical crusade to ensure that there are numerous rights-infringing regulations controlling those darned 3D-printers. Gun owners and 3D-printer enthusiasts unite!

Ralph Fasanella

Vietnam veteran, Tucson

Education suffers for a few pennies

Re: the June 7 letter to the editor "End of 1-cent tax a huge relief."

The writer's use of sarcasm was right on the mark. The expiration of the state's 1-cent sales tax and the voters' refusal to allow it to continue to benefit education and infrastructure is a terrible shame.

Voters had an opportunity to benefit education, road repair, business growth and population growth. Instead we are rewarded with pennies back in our pocket.

Karen Clifton

Small-business owner, Tucson

Puma plight: What would St. Francis say?

Re: the June 7 article "Problem pumas to be hunted down."

If St. Francis saw the Arizona Daily Star, he would have said:

"Here we go, those folks at the Arizona Game(s) and Fish Department are at it again. Since they did such a good job of protecting my jaguar Macho B a few years ago, they are now going to protect my bighorn sheep by shooting my mountain lions.

"I think having the Arizona Game(s) and Fish Department protect my wildlife is like having my Old Man Coyote watch over the proverbial chicken house.

"The angel choir is not singing a happy song tonight."

Peter L. Steere

Environmentalist, Tucson

Miles took right step; it's PCC board's turn

Re: the June 7 article "Suzanne Miles suddenly quits $189K-a-year post at PCC."

Perhaps we will never know the extent of Suzanne Miles' knowledge of the transgressions that led to Pima Community College being put on probation by its accrediting agency. However, we do know she was part of the bad-decision-making era. It's encouraging to see that she has taken the right step and stepped down.

Now I urge the Flores-era PCC board members to show the same courage and resign. Board members Brenda Even, Scott Stewart, David Longoria and Marty Cortez need to acknowledge the numerous failings under their leadership and step aside to allow PCC to get back on track.

Kelly Ponzio

PCC alumna, Tucson