What is Sanchez’s

big salary buying us?

Re: the Feb. 18 article “TUSD’s Sanchez gave consultant early notice on Tucson contract.”

After reading the superintendent’s explanation for his involvement in the awarding of a consultant contract, I have to wonder what paying someone nearly a quarter-million dollars a year buys us.

I’d like to think that it wouldn’t require an outside consulting firm to create a five-year strategic plan for our local school system. How about the superintendent, his assistants and our school board assuming that responsibility?

We’re told that the decision related to this contract was the job of the purchasing department. In the future, instead of going out of state when the current superintendent is replaced, maybe we should just turn over the responsibility of the district’s administration to the purchasing department — or redefine the superintendent’s job description.

Don Weaver

Marketing consultant, Tucson

Sanchez is burdened,

so give him a chance

Re: the Feb. 18 article “TUSD’s Sanchez gave consultant early notice on Tucson contract.”

When you hire a superintendent, principal or teacher, you don’t ask for bids and hire the least expensive, so why would you do that in hiring an educational consulting firm?

When buying pencils, toilet paper or other things, that would be the time to ask for bids. If a school board member doesn’t understand that basic concept maybe he shouldn’t be on the board.

A Tucson school superintendent has enough to deal with, having a state Legislature that underfunds schools and a state superintendent who doesn’t believe in public schools without having to deal with a hostile newspaper and school board members who just hired him but don’t seem to trust him.

The school board should work with the superintendent to provide the best education possible for our students, without micromanaging. It is hard enough to run a large school district without all the internal pressure.

It’s no wonder we can’t keep a superintendent. Let’s give this guy a chance.

Terry Anderson

Retired educator, Tucson

Plenty of reasons

to distrust Obama

Re: the Feb. 16 letter to the editor “GOP will block immigration reform.”

In attempting to denigrate John Boehner the letter writer tap-danced around the real issue of distrust in the president.

The president is calling for “comprehensive” immigration reform that would allow a special path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Rather than granting special privileges to these illegal immigrants, we must carefully take one step at a time, such as closing our borders and keeping track of those who enter this country with temporary visas.

These immigrants who have lived within our borders illegally should get in line behind those who have waited patiently for years.

Americans are still waiting to find out the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious, the Internal Revenue Service and Benghazi scandals.

Add to those issues the numerous lies regarding Obamacare by this president and his picking and choosing which laws to enforce — we have more than enough reason to distrust this administration.

Lindsey Smith

Retired, Tucson

Why no mention in Star

of Arizona’s birthday?

I am disappointed with the Star. On Feb. 14 there was absolutely no mention of Arizona’s birthday.

Our state is now 102 years old. This should have been the headline story.

We have winter visitors that are here now, along with all the gem show people, and they no doubt would have enjoyed reading the history of our state also.

Shame on you for not caring about Arizona’s birthday.

Linda Sanders

Retired, Tucson

Escaping poverty

is no simple thing

Re: the Feb. 1 editorial “Work, not marriage, is fastest way out of the poverty trap.”

The “way out of poverty” is a multipath process. Not one shoe fits all. Liberals who claim that what “must come first are investments in poor children regardless of their parents’ marital status” are just as guilty of narrow thinking as conservatives who claim that “marriage is a way out of poverty.”

Black women may make up a disproportionate number of single mothers. But there are many more non-black single mothers. This should not be a racial issue. Both conservatives and liberals agree that there are consequences when children are raised by poor, single parents, black or white.

The reason that marriage rates among black and white women have fallen has more to with cultural issues than just “another mouth to feed.” Direct wage subsidies for all working poor adults is not the “fastest way out of the poverty trap.” To suggest otherwise is to engage in a false debate.

Warren Joblin

Retired attorney, Green Valley