CD2 voters get chance to rectify mistake

Re: the Aug. 6 letter to the editor “Why cast your vote for a proven loser?”

The writer asks “Why cast your vote for a proven loser?” What does she mean by “proven loser”? Does she mean someone who is outstripping her opponent in both fundraising and the polls? Does she mean someone who fought for our country, shattered glass ceilings in the military, and took on the Pentagon and won? Because that is a picture of Martha McSally.

The writer seems to think that the voters of Congressional District 2 are incapable of learning from experience. We have had more than a sufficient amount of time to evaluate our present congressman and we have found him wanting. It is time to replace the “proven loser” that we sent to Congress last time with a fighter who is tough and forthright.

Rhema Sayers

Retired, Tucson

For the kids’ sake, curb your conflicts

Seen and heard at Second Saturday Downtown: My wife and I were walking behind a seemingly idyllic family on Scott Avenue near Broadway after spending a nice evening at the event, when the mother, pushing one child in a stroller, abruptly turned and went in the opposite direction, loudly proclaiming to the father, “I’ve had enough of your (bleeping) (bleep).”

The man, carrying their young son of probably 5 or 6 years old on his shoulders, silently continued on for a few seconds before telling the boy, “your mom is acting like a (bleeping) baby.”

Parents should understand the damage their words can do to the children and learn to control themselves. The kids don’t need to be involved in their parents’ arguments as these can be incidents the children never forget.

Louie Levinson

Sales/musician, Tucson

Police need friends but cultivate foes

After watching the militarized police actions in Ferguson, Missouri, I remember a time when the phrase “Help! Police!” had a different connotation.

Buddy Gill

Retired, Tucson

The perpetuating power of positive news

Re: the Aug. 12 column “Global success stories to balance out news diet.”

Thanks for Fareed Zakaria’s opinion piece. Please give us more reports on improvements happening worldwide. It would be wonderful if we had equal time for encouraging and discouraging news for a start. Printing more positive news would also encourage and empower people to take positive action to make our world a better place. What we need is more news of how we look out for each other. Thank you so much for this piece. I look forward to many more such pieces in the news section!

Joan Arnold

Retired, Tucson

Welcome respite

from doom and despair

I was pleased to read the op-ed piece by Fareed Zakaria, “Global success stories to balance out news diet” in the Aug. 12 Star. Good things happening in the world are many and well worth noting. I heartily suggest you invite Zakaria or a similar journalist to report such success stories at least once a month. I’m sure most of your readers will appreciate the effort.

Frank Tussing

Entrepreneur, Tucson

Trying to figure out the Ferguson riots

I guess I am just confused. Sadly, a young man was shot and killed by a police officer. Whether justified or not, it will all be investigated and figured out. It would seem that this should be a time of sadness and respect for the family in their loss. What about the police officer?

Why is it that when something like this happens, all of a sudden a group of people with no direct connection to the incident can justify rioting, burning and becoming thieves to correct the perceived injustice? Who is the criminal?

Richard Sempel

Retired prison chaplain, Marana

Missing bridge column a slap to Star’s readers

What a disappointment to find the bridge column missing from Friday’s paper. You tried that a few years ago, and it generated lots of protest. Newspapers generally attract an older readership, and guess who plays bridge? I was going to ask for heads to roll, but I’ve decided instead to accept an apology and its reappearance.

Bruce Grossetta

Retired, Tucson

Cops’ armored vehicles should be confiscated

It is clear the militarization of police forces must be reversed. The armored vehicles used as platforms to aim weapons at protesters must be taken from the cops. If we can park all the surplus airplanes at the boneyard, we can park such vehicles. Pickle them for later use. Don’t give them to the police, who have no need for such equipment. They should be taken back and preserved for future use or donated to friendly military forces in other nations.

Donald Shelton

Retired, Tucson