Principal Rex Scott deserves to keep job
Re: April 8 story "Principals at four TUSD schools on notice" and April 10 story "TUSD board won't renew 23 administrators' contracts."
Since Principal Rex Scott arrived a few years ago at Catalina High School, his positive influence is obvious and compelling. He has earned the respect of students and teachers alike, and is working diligently to improve the education experience. We have been volunteers at Catalina High School for six years, and each year since his arrival we see more positive changes in atmosphere and work ethic.
Rex deals with a student body where 42 different languages are spoken, where 75 percent of the student body qualifies for federally funded meals, and where about 180 students do not even live with a parent. Many of the refugee students, despite their dedication, have been severely shortchanged in education prior to arrival in the U.S.
Despite these staggering statistics, Rex manages to graduate about 90 percent of the students, and each year greater numbers of students are winning scholarships and going on to community colleges and universities.
Regardless of a pending "grade," not renewing Rex Scott's contract is a shortsighted travesty, and furthers the idea that the Tucson Unified School District board does not have a clue about what Rex has accomplished.
Former assistant professor, Tucson
Former judge, Tucson
No pensions, perks for ex-US lawmakers
Re: the April 3 column "Congress needs pay raise, yes, if we want quality work."
I have to disagree with Daniel Schuman. It used to be and should be an honor to serve in Congress. Now it is simply a steppingstone for many to a higher-paying job.
We need to revert to a more basic and representative government where those elected serve and receive compensation but when their terms are over, they return to their former lives with no pension or other perks. I have no problem paying a reasonable wage for the work performed, but there seems to be little of that occurring these days, and thus a raise would be out of the question.
I also believe in term limits; six terms for representatives and two for senators for a total of 12 years each. They then would hopefully have an incentive to work to get their agendas passed and to work together as they all would know their time is limited. I accept the reality that only a minority in Congress would even vote for this, and that only proves the point.
Let's give free nooses to vigilantes
Re: the April 2 article "Free shotguns would help high-crime areas."
As brilliant as it is, failed mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky's plan to distribute free shotguns in Tucson's high-crime areas should go further. Each shotgun distributed should be accompanied by a lengthy piece of heavy rope pre-tied at one end into a hangman's noose, so that when the shotgun-wielder apprehends someone suspicious (assuming, of course, that he hasn't shot the suspect to death), he and some co-vigilantes could simply lynch the bad guy from the nearest tree.
No police would be necessary, and think of the money the court and prison systems would save!
Law without morality is worthless
Leges sine moribus vanae - law without morality is worthless, a motto on the logo of one of our oldest, revered universities. Listening to the Supreme Court arguments concerning same-sex marriage, I did not once hear the word "morality" being used.
Morality derives from natural law and it illuminates the biological purpose of sexual intercourse between cohabitants of opposite genders. Marriage is a legal accommodation to preserve societal harmony.
A second kind of cohabitation has arisen that is disrupting societal harmony, and a redefinition is being sought that can provide legal accommodation. It would not distinguish between the two cohabitations and would not concern itself with requirements of natural law. This form of rationalization makes a mockery of philosophical truth.
Edward L. Jeska
Retired, Green Valley