Volunteerism serves our most vulnerable

Re: the Sept. 11 editorial “Volunteering builds community, spirit of service.”

Thank you so much for your editorial promoting volunteerism and highlighting Habitat for Humanity. We deeply appreciate your recognition that “part of the mending is moving forward through positive action.” I believe this to my very core, whether it is participating in Building Freedom Day as a response to the tragedy of 9/11 or finding a way through investing my time, talents or resources to address the social and economic injustices with which our community grapples every day.

There are so many great organizations in our community for which one can volunteer, and there is so much good that comes from every hour of service to others.

You, for your part, are doing a great service for our community by bringing to the fore issues that face our most vulnerable citizens as you did with your special series on poverty in Arizona and by giving voice to good causes and organizations that will help us all keep our “eyes on the prize” – which in my mind is, in the broadest sense of the term, justice for all.

Danny Knee

Director of development,

Habitat for Humanity Tucson

Hasan should suffer

at hard labor

Re: the Aug. 29 article “Death sentence in Ft. Hood massacre.”

It’s interesting to learn the death sentence for Maj. Nidal Hasan may drag out for years or even decades before it is enacted.

Why the American taxpayer is saddled with his room and board escapes logic and pours acid on the wounds of the murdered soldiers’ relatives.

We are at war with Muslim terrorists, and traitors such as Hasan are normally shot as a consequence of a treasonous act. It is terribly confounding to protect his rights while the innocent victims were denied their right to life.

At a minimum he should be subjected to hard labor every day of his remaining life until he must face the inconvenient reality that awaits him.

John F. Westhoff

Retired, Green Valley

Sunnyside’s Hernandez

cares about the kids

Re: the Aug. 28 column “Courage lacking in Sunnyside hit piece.”

I want to thank Tim Steller for his column regarding the appalling and misleading things being said about Daniel Hernandez in the Sunnyside school board recall. But he failed to address what I see as the most egregious inference: that Daniel doesn’t care about the kids.

Last summer, while working with Daniel on Dr. Richard Carmona’s Senate campaign, I learned that the reason he is on the Sunnyside school board is his concern for the kids. He was a student there not many years ago and understands how desperately they need someone to fight for their needs.

Daniel has been offered jobs outside Arizona, but turned them down because they would have meant resigning his position on the school board. He said that when he ran for and accepted that position he made a commitment to those students and he honors his commitments.

Clare Velonis

Retired nurse, Tucson

Star’s poverty series

earns kind words

I would like to commend the Arizona Daily Star on its recent series about childhood poverty and illiteracy in Tucson.

I’m grateful Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Reading Seed and Literacy Connects, the schools, parent associations and community have joined forces to reduce illiteracy by recruiting more Reading Seed coaches and raising awareness about contributing to this worthy cause.

I believe it’s never too late to turn the tide away from poverty toward academic and life success through education.

My love of reading has entertained, inspired and taught me. The passion and joy in learning I feel motivates me to continue to volunteer as a Reading Seed coach. I’ve seen up close the amazing changes that occur when underachieving students get extra one-on-one attention and encouragement.

More power to you, Arizona Daily Star, for helping to bring this important issue into the light.

Nancy Andres

Writer, Tucson

Fitz’s MLK cartoon

was truly offensive

Re: the Aug. 28 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

Fitz never lets me down. He always shows his true colors — extremely liberal and divisive.

On a day when the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message for equality and harmony was evoked, Fitz chose to further divide rather than unite.

Wrong, Fitz, most Americans of both parties want equality. Your portrayal of the Republican Party as a giant, stomping on the folks in Washington who were there to listen to a message and reflect, was truly offensive.

You did no one any service with this cartoon. It was not thought-provoking for the purpose of change. It was just a platform for you to lash out at the party that you aren’t a part of. I thought political satire had a purpose above one’s own ideology.

I usually just mumble and ignore you, but this cartoon really irritated me.

Dana Salmon

Retired, Tucson