Canyon neglected while Obama travels

Re: the June article "Budget cuts pinch services at Canyon, other Ariz. parks."

So Obama plans a lavish African trip to cost taxpayers $60 to $100 million while the Grand Canyon plans to cut $1.4 million in operations and clean toilets less frequently, potentially exposing visitors to unsanitary conditions. Makes perfect sense.

Edward A. Marue

Management consultant, Tucson

Putting bighorn sheep at risk is a mistake

Re: the June 7 article "Problem pumas to be hunted down."

Seems as if some folks at the Arizona Game and Fish Department want to reduce the bighorn sheep population rather than nurture it.

First we viewed a young boy who "bagged" a ram in the Yuma mountains (with permit) and now they want to serve up a herd in the Catalina Mountains.

Will they "cowboy" the herd, doing away with predators, or let nature take its course again?

If I were representing the bighorns, I would argue that putting them at such risk just as an experiment and photo op was an appalling mistake.

Bettye Jo Preis

Retired journalist, Green Valley

Guest columnist has all the answers

Re: the June 11 guest column "Let's embrace thoughtful discussion, debate based on fact, reason, logic."

I had to chuckle at Gil Shapiro's column as a self-described "free-thinker" and his call to bring opposing camps together for rational discussion on the big issues of the day. Why is there any need for thoughtful and respectful dialogue if he already has all the answers? Anyone who disagrees is already labeled an extremist thinker incapable of using fact, reason and logic. How does labeling alternative viewpoints as rigid, narrow-minded and short on world perspective aid in the discussion process?

Michael A. Boedeker


Abortionists don't protect mothers

Re: the June 12 letter to the editor "Believes in adoption and right to choose."

I am old enough to remember the days before legal abortions and it would seem that the abortion industry has not done its part to fully protect the life of the mother as evidenced by the recent conviction of the abortion doctor in Philadelphia.

And this is not an isolated case; so we are not really far from the "back alley" days after all. How sad. And then there is Plan B, but that is for another letter.

Steve Poling Sr.

Retired firefighter, Marana

King distorts language to make his point

Re: the June 10 editorials "Will immigration reform provide needed workers?"

In one editorial, Rep. Steve King, Republican of Iowa, rejects the biblical call for hospitality. King chooses allegiance with legalism over compassion. He even goes so far as to employ Greek misinterpretation to secure his pharisaical juridicism.

The passage he cites is the famous last judgment scenario in Matthew 25. This pericope has the returning Christ basing eternal salvation on service to the hungry, the thirsty, the sick and the stranger. King distorts the Greek word xenos by forcing it to mean "guest foreigner."

There is no sense of guest or legal in this word in the first-century Greek of the New Testament or in the Greek Old Testament or the Hebrew or Aramaic parallels. Perhaps King should concentrate on English etymology and seek the origin of his hate in the word xenophobia.

Thomas Rogers

Educator, Tucson

Some grammar 'errors' are blessings, others not

Re: the June 10 letter to the editor "Being monolingual can be challenging."

Alvarez Trejo's letter comparing double negatives to Spanish misses the bigger picture of our use of colloquialism versus today's abundance of poor grammar.

Six decades ago I was educated away from using "warshing dishes in the zinc." However, I find it fortunate that creative, intelligent lyricists have purposely coined unforgettable semantics such as "I can't get no satisfaction." Can you imagine humming "Isn't that a shame?" - it just doesn't work.

That bigger picture that needs curing is "me and John go to the same school," "them cookies taste great" and "she's a better student than me," which are like fingernails on the class chalkboard.

Gregg Hoegemeier

Retired, Tucson

Big Brother may not be your friend

Regarding the National Security Agency collection of data, our government is telling us, "Big Brother is your friend."

Beware! They are also telling us everything they collect is secure, but they can't seem to explain how secret or top secret information was so cavalierly obtained and released by Edward Snowden.

Beware! Your personal information is available and releasable by other Edward Snowdens in the NSA, their contractors or other government agencies collecting data on you.

Beware! Obamacare intends to have your entire medical history in computer databases.

Beware, Big Brother may not be your friend.

Jerry L. Knoski

Retired lieutenant colonel, Air Force, Tucson