We have 2 ears, 1 mouth

for good reasons

The April 30 letters about the changes in the Star editorial pages portray a common theme present in America: “I am always right, everybody else is wrong unless they agree with me.”

Possibly the ease of having opinions published on the Internet has caused this philosophy to burgeon, but it seems that over the last decade or so, society has become so tense.

To those who opine that the Star has taken a giant leap far right, or to those who refuse to even read the headlines of right-wing columnists: Relish in the opportunity to self-educate and think for yourselves, rather than to just blindly agree with what radio disc jockeys (or whatever they are called) tell you to think.

Do you really want to only listen to opinions that agree with your own? How boring. I believe it was Mark Twain who wrote, “We were given two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we talk.”

Refuse to be brainwashed. Think for yourself. Education continues throughout your whole life. Live it.

Katrina Millsquip

Office manager, Tucson

Kids 9 or 10 years old

are too young for sex ed

Re: the April 30 editorial “Young people deserve, need good information on sex.”

Yes, children should be educated about sex. But not at 9 or 10 years of age in a fifth- or sixth- grade co-ed room.

Why do we assume kids will experiment when that young? Society should be shocked that our morals are so lax that we expect early sexual behavior.

I vote for parents to be able to opt-out (or -in) and to tackle this subject at home. How about a course for mom and dad?

Was the “information” box next to the editorial just an ad for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world?

There are many other trustworthy organizations you could have cited.

P. J. Burnap

Retired, Tucson

Liberals criticize Will

for style, not substance

Re: the April 24 letter to the editor “Re: the April 24 column “Kids, meet Mr. Obama, the adolescent president.”

I like George Will. His writing challenges me. It’s too bad many liberal leftists choose to criticize his writing style rather than deliberate on his pointed opinions. Another example of the general “dumbing down” of America that is so fervently advocated by his detractors.

Just get out your dictionary and follow along. It’s not so hard. You might learn something.

Don Boston

Retired, Green Valley