Bill violates


teachings of love

Re: the Feb. 21 article “Religion-gays bill gets final House OK.”

As the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Tucson I must speak out against these bills.

Our call as human beings made in the image of God is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5), and Jesus reminds those who claim the title of Christian that the second commandment is “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:38).

There is no law greater than the love of God, love of self and equal love of neighbor, on this all law — whether perceived as given by God or written by human beings — must begin.

This bill prohibits the full practice of Christianity, because the fundamental teaching of love by Christ is violated when we practice discrimination against others.

It is my prayer that this will not become law and that we remain free to practice our faith without the discrimination of our neighbors. Brothers and sisters, speak out against this violation of human dignity.

Elizabeth Rambikur

Reverend, Tucson

State can be better than national laughing stock

Re: the Feb. 21 article “Religion-gays bill gets final House OK.”

Dear Arizona: We are better than this. Really we are.

If we replaced the word “gay” with any other protected class of people, the world would be outraged, and rightly so.

It is legislation like this that makes us a laughing stock and has subjected us to boycotts. My Rodeo Days wish is to have a better place for all of our kids to grow up in.

Kristi Dutton

Government contractor, Tucson

Fitz cartoon incomplete; includes faux pas

Re: the Feb. 18 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

In his cartoon depicting the Republican elephant being all for immigration reform if all illegal immigrants were voting Republican, I am just curious why Fitzsimmons did not add a last panel showing the Democrat donkey being against immigration reform if all illegal immigrants were voting Republican.

It seems that would be only logical because the Democrats appear to only want full citizenship for illegal aliens with voting rights — as opposed to a compromise solution where they would be granted resident alien status with no voting rights.

Additionally, Fitzsimmons committed a faux pas by using the term “illegal immigrants” instead of the proper liberal term of “undocumented migrants.” I am sure he will receive a phone call from his handler on that one.

Andrew Gullo

Retired, Diamond Bell Ranch

Math with letters isn’t fuzzy — it’s algebra

Re: the Feb. 21 article “Common Core bad for state, panel says.”

Sen. Al Melvin (R-Tucson) is quoted as saying that the Common Core program uses “’fuzzy math,’ substituting letters for numbers in some examples.”

I think that’s called “algebra,” and it’s an important tool for practical things like building safe bridges and airplanes. Of course, algebra and the concept of zero were invented by Arabs, so maybe we shouldn’t teach our children such dangerous things.

Sterling Vinson

Retired teacher, Tucson