Uplifting story about Nogales students

Re: the Sept. 20 guest column “Nogales students excel without special treatment.”

The Nogales Unified School District, which has an exceptionally high percentage of minority students, asks only for equal opportunity, not “weighted” equal outcomes. Kathy Scott wrote they did not feel themselves to be “victims of racism,” “unfairly disadvantaged” or otherwise in need of unlimited special handouts and affirmative-action advantages not available to others — all while producing excellent educational results.

This was more than refreshing. It was perhaps the most uplifting, hopeful and inspiring local story I have read in many years. Thank you, Kathy Scott, and congratulations to the motivated and devoted participants at all levels in NUSD.

One can only wonder why not a single letter to the editor on this subject appeared in our TUSD-area newspaper the following week.

Henry Rosenbaum

Retired, Tucson

Why should university presidents get bonuses?

Re: the Sept. 26 article “UA and ASU presidents may get 6-figure bonuses.”

Why should the presidents receive bonuses for work that someone else does? These funds should be used to reward the people who actually help improve student retention, learning and graduation: teachers, counselors, librarians and maintenance staff (those actually employed by the university, not outside contractors).

Perhaps bonuses should be awarded on the basis of positive student contact.

Patricia Davis

Retired, Tucson

Thanks to those who helped with golf tourney

We recently had a fundraising golf tournament at the Trini Alvarez El Rio Golf Course honoring Robert Gaona, one of our local and longtime pros.

We want to express our thanks to the Conquistadores and the First Tee Program for donating their day to us; also the Southwest Chapter of the PGA and all of those who participated and donated prizes and gifts for the tournament.

Most of all, we would like to thank Mike Hayes of the city’s golf department, who helped tremendously to put on a great and beneficial tournament. Our hats are off to you, Mike, and Tucson City Golf.

Jerry Leyva and Joe J. Alcaraz

El Rio Men’s Golf Club

Star shouldn’t dredge up

old border news

Re: the Sept. 26. article “Arizona border shootings.”

Why does the Daily Star see fit to write about years-old Border Patrol shootings? I cannot see any other reason except to “stir the pot” and try to whip up the masses into a frenzy again. It serves no purpose. Stick to reporting current news and do it accurately and without bias.

Kurt Bahti

Retired, Patagonia

‘Loony’ left is right

Re: the Sept. 6 article “Ina-Oracle gets ‘Michigan loony’ left.”

“Loony” says it all. That would also include the multiple agencies with their decision on this issue.

Donna Mathews


UA president’s bonus bigger than ’50s salaries

Re: the Sept. 27 article “Regents approve $40,000 in incentive pay for UA chief.”

How times change! My salary was $4,700 per year when I went on the payroll at the University of Arizona on Nov. 1, 1950, as an assistant professor. Richard Harvill would become president of the university the following year at a salary of $25,000.

Current President Ann Weaver Hart, whose salary is exactly 100 times what I got back then, is receiving a bonus of $40,000, only 8.5 times my salary. All OK!

Things were tough around here in 1950-53. Minimum raises, no benefits, and there was McCarthyism haunting all professors. It was rumored that the regents proffered a salary increase of $1,500 to Harvill in 1953, which he refused because the faculty members were getting zero.

I received tenure in 1955 and a $300 raise, and went on to a stimulating and productive career at the university.

Just recently one of my students invited me to help celebrate his 70th birthday. Who needs money?

Jimmye Hillman


Defense accounts

for just 19% of budget

Re: Sept. 30 letter “What did the other letter writer know?”

The letter stated: “About 85 percent of our federal taxes go for war and military expenses.”

I thought facts had to be annotated. I Googled “federal expenditures” and got 19 percent for military expenditures. The 85 percent is a huge misstatement!

The 2012 breakdown is: Medicare and Medicaid — 23 percent, Social Security — 22 percent, defense — 19 percent, nondefense discretionary — 17 percent, other mandatory — 13 percent and interest — 6 percent.

Douglas R. Holm

CPA, Tucson