Fear guided both in deadly Fla. shooting

Re: the July 14 article "Jurors find Zimmerman not guilty in teen's death."

What I have discovered is that when I look at the entire picture in the tragic confrontation of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman - which is available only when I do not take a side - I see two young men caught in their personal fear.

Neither Trayvon nor George was able to overcome their individual reaction to the fear they experienced.

Blame divides and creates the way for revenge. Not taking a side allows me to see each person as a victim. Only then can compassion arise, out of which may come reconciliation.

David Krest


What about Trayvon Martin's rights?

Re: the July 14 article "Jurors find Zimmerman not guilty in teen's death."

Now that the verdict is in, the Florida court says Mr. Zimmerman had the right to stand his ground. What about the right to stand your ground for Trayvon? He was the one who was followed by a stranger. He was the one who was confronted by the very same stranger, and as he talked to his friend on the phone, he said he was afraid. Is this ridiculous law so one-sided?

Leave it to Florida: They can't even vote correctly.

Rick Phanton


Story on new citizens deserved better play

Re: the July 5 article "In search for leaks, Sahuarita is partially draining its lake."

Though the draining of the lake may be of interest to a very small part of your audience, I question the choice of that as the front page color photo and article. With it running during the Independence Day holiday weekend, I feel that the story on A2 on 20 people becoming citizens would have been much more appropriate. Shouldn't we be celebrating the freedoms that this nation provides to those that immigrate to this country?

Their dedication and hard work to achieve this milestone of citizenship should be recognized.

Irene Silverman

U.S. Navy retired, Green Valley

Let Sen. Flake see results of gun violence

On July 5, the No More Names bus tour came to Tucson to advocate for common sense gun laws. Speaking was a father whose 6-year-old son was gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He urged Tucsonans to call Sen. Jeff Flake and ask that he declare his support for the universal background checks bill. Unlike Sen. John McCain, Flake voted "no" in a recent Senate vote.

While listening to the rally's speakers, I pondered what could persuade Flake to reconsider his vote. Then I had an idea when Dr. Randy Friese spoke. Friese was the surgeon who stabilized Gabby Giffords after the Tucson shooting.

Dr. Friese should invite Sen. Flake to the trauma ward to see, up close and personal, the devastation caused by gun violence. Let Flake witness the deaths and family heartbreak. Let his heart be moved toward the goal: No More Names.

Denise Rose

Retired educator, Oro Valley

Poorly written poetry doesn't exalt message

Re: the July 5 letter to the editor "Brave firemen ... can you see them now?"

Any poem, as opposed to a prose letter to the editor, attempts - through formal means - to heighten the reader's experience of the sentiment it expresses. Effective line breaks, subtle rhymes and meter, vivid images and fresh figures of speech, all of these devices transform mere exposition into memorable art.

Unfortunately, this poem was poorly written, graceless and mawkish. Assuming poetry, no matter how badly written, automatically exalts one's message is naive and mistaken. I'm surprised you printed this poem.

Jefferson Carter

Retired PCC writing instructor, Tucson

Health care delay will help Democrats

Re: the July 7 editorial "Getting health law going not easy; GOP isn't helping."

I can't believe that even the super liberal Daily Star would pick up and reprint this editorial from the Kansas City Star. The writer's main point seems to be that the portion of the law that deals with the employer mandate is too "complex" to be implemented in 2014.

That this is especially difficult in the face of Republican opposition is laughable. When the president announced the delay, even he said that the law would take effect after the 2014 midterm elections. I can assure you that every Democrat that is up for election in 2014 is celebrating.

Mike Liggett


'Doughnut hole' still exists, hurts seniors

Re: the July 7 editorial "Getting health law going not easy; GOP isn't helping."

The editorial about the Affordable Health Care Act references the fact that the so-called "doughnut hole" no longer exists. This is patently not true. My wife and I have both slipped into this money vacuum part way into this year and have been paying substantial amounts of money for pharmaceuticals.

Granted, the amount we pay is still a lot less than it would have been had there been no Part D at all. However, believe me when I say this: The gap or doughnut hole or whatever you want to call it is alive and well and still shocking many senior citizens when they go to pick up their drugs.

Burgess Needle


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