Thanks for piece

on Art Brown building

Re: the May 18 article “Simple charm of this 1950s building takes some effort to discover.”

My thanks for Frank Mascia’s superb and instructive appreciation of the Art Brown office building. Mascia’s elegant, incisive analysis of a modest architectural gem should be a model for other architects considering the ordinary beauty of Tucson’s streetscape.

Mascia’s precise, spare description does justice to the richness we so easily overlook; his sensitive appreciation shames the grandiose, banal architecture too often celebrated by less sensitive critics and a less discerning public.

Joseph Wilder

Director, UA Southwest Center, Tucson



be trusted

with kids’ education

Re: May 20 guest opinion “Parents cannot be trusted to choose best education for their kids.”

What Gil Shapiro has failed to grasp is that his approach, which in his mind is the only approach to child rearing, is state indoctrination.

Why start the indoctrination at kindergarten? How about just taking the child the moment it’s born — assuming of course Shapiro supports birth? He’s in sync with some of the most evil collectivist leaders who ever existed ... Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot.

Apparently, he feels the left is capable of raising a child but not any conservative.

Patricia Cowan

Retired, Tucson

FreeThought means

gov’t indoctrination

Re: May 20 guest opinion “Parents cannot be trusted to choose best education for their kids.”

If you want to learn about the indoctrination your child will receive in government schools, read the column by Tucson Progressive podiatrist Gil Shapiro, who doesn’t think parents should be allowed to choose to opt out.

This is FreeThought in Arizona, just as “Ignorance Is Strength” in Orwell’s 1984. The most important take-home lesson appears to be that parents are yahoos who can’t be trusted. They need to be credentialed by approved educators — the ones who are turning out so many illiterates who are ignorant of and hostile to our culture.

Jane Orient

Physician, Tucson

Keep new, noisy planes

away from D-M

Tucson is not an appropriate venue for the newest, noisiest planes. There are 19 neighborhoods representing 60,000 people who have made it known they do not want Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to continue flight activities that affect our quality of life negatively.

Personally, I would welcome pilot and airplane testing elsewhere, not over a heavily populated area.

Linda Abrams

Retired RN, Tucson

Closing online loophole

won’t lower taxes for all

Re: the May 23 letter “Fairness requires closing online tax loopholes.”

Closing the online sales tax loophole won’t lower taxes for all as the letter writers suggest. When politicians are given more money, the overwhelming majority will spend it and not return any to the hardworking people of their state. Furthermore, people don’t shop online because of the lack of sales tax.

Some stores have already figured out that if they match pricing to the largest online retailer, people will buy from their brick-and-mortar store in spite of the sales tax they have to pay.

It is time for retailers to be honest with people. Online shopping is happening because of price and selection. What will the retailers say if the loophole is closed and people don’t shift their buying habits to brick-and-mortar stores?

Jon Hurtado

Retired Navy, Tucson

Add ‘None of the Above’

to Arizona ballots

Re: the May 18 letter “Just say no to divisive political tactics.”

Jay Quick’s letter decrying the divisive tactics of our politicians merely outlines a problem but offers no solutions. The fact is that all candidates today demonize one another and try to divide us.

How do we as voters indicate our disapproval of this type of electioneering? If we merely say we are voting against Mudslinger “A,” we have no way to vote “no” other to vote for Mudslinger “B,” who will interpret the vote as a vote in favor of his brand of mud. If we stay home we remain silent, and no one hears or cares about our dissatisfaction.

The solution is for Arizona to legislatively add a new name to the ballot for all elective offices in the state to be placed last in the list: “None of the Above.” Should “None of the Above” win, then a special election for that race would be called and all those who lost to “None of the Above” would be disqualified from running.

Fat chance either party would accept this proposal. They may not be able to agree on anything these days, but they will agree not to allow upsetting their partisan divisiveness because it serves their purposes, not ours.

Steven Katz