Don't use Bible to tell others how to live

I find something very interesting following the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

There seems to be a large number of ordained folks, very knowledgeable about the Bible, saying that same-sex marriage is absolutely allowable, per the Bible.

There also seems to be a lot of ordained folks, very knowledgeable about the Bible, saying gay marriage is an abomination, end-of-the-world type stuff.

How can this be? Isn't the Bible "the oldest known book of truth," as some would have you believe? Or could it be it is just another tool used to judge others?

I've got no problem with people reading the Bible as a way to gain insight in to how to lead their own life.

I've got huge problems when people use it to tell other people how to live.

Matteo Dinero


Apply common sense on 'A' Mountain shrine

Re: the June 25 article "Group seeks to boot 'A' Mountain shrine."

The idea that the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on "A" Mountain somehow constitutes the government establishing a religion is laughable. I am heartened by the good old-fashioned common sense displayed by our city officials. Steve Kozachik's comment about the offended individual needing to get a life was especially refreshing.

I love our unique cultural and religious heritage here in the Southwest and am happy that it remains safely protected from those who would do away with it in the name of "freedom from religion."

Aston Bloom

Retired teacher, Tucson

Sharing life with a pet? Appreciate it

Recently, my beloved basset hound Holly Belle passed away. We had over 13 wonderful years together. I treasure each day, every memory.

Now, I realize that this has absolutely no consequence to anyone but myself. However, have you ever stopped to think about all that our pets, especially our dogs, do for us?

They love us unconditionally and teach us to live in the moment - enjoying every sight and scent of each new day. They share our happiness and share our sadness. They ignore our faults, are always faithful and wait for us no matter how long it takes. They ask for so little but give so much.

What a wonderful world it could be if only we tried to live by some of these rules each day. Hope you have a furry friend to share your life - there's nothing better.

Carol Ann Hayden

Receptionist, Tucson

Congress grandstands on immigration issues

Congress' management of the immigration bill has demonstrated that there are no lows to which it will not sink.

Members openly acknowledge they need an enormously expensive border security fig leaf on the bill to justify immigration reform to each other and to their constituents. The cost of the chest thumping? An estimated $40 billion. There is no real plan, just the irresistible need to strut their stuff.

What is also largely missing from congressional deliberations is the massive erosion of citizen and private-property rights. While Congress grandstands on intrusions into privacy for security reasons, they have basically eliminated the rule of law in the name of security on the southern border. They do not approve of collaboration between land management agencies and the Border Patrol to control the massive damage to public lands on the border.

The unjustified squandering of money and public resources is unacceptable.

Roger E. McManus

Biologist, Tucson

We must train, reward creative teachers

Re: the June 19 article "Survey: College teacher training barely adequate."

Finally, after 60 years of my complaints, an examination of teacher training has begun. After three years of useless university education classes, I was fortunate to have a semester of practice teaching with an excellent classroom teacher, but I was still not prepared for managing a classroom.

With the great changes in the technical and business worlds of today, intelligent, well-trained, knowledgeable teachers are imperative for training future competent workers, professionals and technicians.

An inspiring news article in the Star showed a teacher in Mexico who brought to class the engineering tools professionals use so that the students could see why they needed to learn math to operate them. That was meaningful, creative teaching. We need more of that and we need more respect and better pay for teachers as well.

Mary Rose Duffield


Stone Age ethics seen in pipeline plan

Re: the June 24 article "Boulders posed as barrier for pipeline."

Isn't it apropos for the fossil-fuel industry to throw a few rocks, or in this case a bunch of boulders, at a problem to make it go away? Stone Age technology meets Stone Age ethics, again.

John Heid

General laborer, Tucson