Outsiders don't get our culture

Re: the June 25 article "Group seeks to boot 'A' Mountain shrine."

I am so tired of small groups of people who don't live here and don't understand our traditions telling us what to do. Now one of them wants to tell us to remove any reference to God, such as the shrine on "A" Mountain, which they probably have never seen.

I am a Christian, a Protestant. I have a terminal illness and I find great comfort in the shrine when I drive up to "A" Mountain. I don't care if it is on city property or not, it is part of our culture. The person who complained should have better things to worry about.

Christine M. Riggs

LPN, Tucson

Shrine violates wall of separation

Re: the June 25 article "Group seeks to boot 'A' Mountain shrine."

We are a diverse nation of people with various religions and no religion. This is why the First Amendment insists on a clear separation of religion from government - so that people of differing beliefs can coexist peacefully. Local government is to help preserve First Amendment rights. Otherwise, am I to understand that I can put a photo of Gandhi (or some other hero) with some related objects (candles, statues, prayer cards) anywhere on public property in Tucson as long as it does not present a public safety or health issue?

If I put my "shrine" next to the "A" Mountain shrine, will it be allowed by our City Council to remain? Both, in my view, violate the First Amendment, which directs the separation of government and religion.

Diane Uhl

Retired teacher, Oro Valley

Voting rights damaged by court's ruling

Re: the June 26 article "Justices free AZ to alter laws on voting."

In gutting the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court has once again trampled on and cast aside decades of precedent. This is not a surprise. While Justices Roberts and Alito professed commitment to the importance of precedent during their confirmation hearings, we now know that was merely lip service.

In just eight years the conservative Roberts court has overturned or substantially changed more long-standing statutes than any court in recent memory.

This ruling will have enormous consequences. For one, it will embolden Republican legislatures to enact more voter suppression laws under the guise of "protecting" election integrity. Although it's clear that their real intent is to disenfranchise as many voters as possible who are unlikely to vote for them.

One of the cornerstone rights of any democracy is the right to vote. That right just took a huge hit. It's truly a sad day for our country and we should be outraged.

Dan Gipple

Vietnam veteran, Tucson

Food Network should rethink firing

Re: the June 22 article "Food Network fires Deen over N-word controversy."

Who, raised in the South in the 1950s, can state under oath that they have never used a racial epithet? While I'm not a huge fan of Paula Deen and her Food Network shows, I feel she was placed in a no-win situation when she testified that she had, in the distant past, used racially charged words. Lie under oath and take a chance on being held in contempt or tell the truth and get fired. She told the truth and the Food Network promptly chose to not renew her contract.

I'd hate to think that my employment, no matter how public, hinged on something I said many years ago. I hope Food Network reconsiders.

Allen Wight

Sales, Tucson

Formula 1 track needs an aquarium in infield

Re: the June 6 article "Pima sees Formula 1 racetrack in future."

What were they thinking? A Formula 1 track would probably cost hundreds of millions of dollars for a track and infrastructure, all to support one event a year. However, the project's financial outlook and chance of success could be improved if an aquarium and soccer stadium were built in the infield, a rainbow bridge built over the racetrack for access to the aquarium/stadium and the streetcar line extended to the site so everyone can leave their cars at a huge new park-and-ride lot downtown.

Russell Long

Retired, Tucson

When killing a cougar is a crime, or not

Re: the June 21 article "G&F seeks killer of cougar at Colossal Cave Park."

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announces that someone killed a mountain lion near Colossal Cave. Most of us would call that a sick, cowardly act. But when Game and Fish rangers start killing mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains for the simple crime of eating, that will be all right. Right?

John Harris

Retired, Tucson