Martin decided to attack Zimmerman

George Zimmerman did not stand his ground, he was on the ground being beaten because Trayvon Martin thought he was "disrespected."

Nobody would have been hurt if Martin had simply gone home instead of deciding to attack Zimmerman, who was heading to his car.

Martin said he was "afraid" on the phone? His actions say differently! If Zimmerman had been black and Martin had been white, would you still be whining about civil rights?

John Sukey

Retired military, Tucson

Zimmerman verdict has spurred no riots

Re: the July 18 letter to the editor "There were no riots over O.J. verdict."

Correct. There were peaceful protests and vigils for the victims. Just like there were no riots over the George Zimmerman verdict, there were peaceful protests and vigils for the victim. What is the letter writer's point?

Kelly Frieders

News transcriptionist, Sahuarita

Investigators accepted Zimmerman's version

I read about and saw some of the George Zimmerman trial, but I have a few questions. When did Zimmerman tell Trayvon Martin that he was a watch volunteer? If Zimmerman was on his back when his head hit the concrete walk, why did the blood run down the back of his head? If Zimmerman was on the bottom when he fired his gun, why was Martin's body face down with his hands under him? How did Zimmerman get out from under Martin? There was blood on the front and back of the shirt Zimmerman wore under his jacket. If he had a jacket on, how did blood spots get on the back of his shirt?

It looks like the "incident" was not investigated as a possible homicide as it should have been, instead of taking one person's word for what happened.

Or did I miss all this in the news coverage?

Jan McLaughlin

Retired, Tucson

Tucson's getting great summer music

We know Tucson has wonderful musicians and music.

Special to me the past few weeks were Zo and the Soul Breakers at the Tucson Racquet Club, the Porch Fest in the Armory Park neighborhood and the Last Alarm Concert (including our colorful Fitz!) at the Fox Theatre. Many thanks to all the musicians, organizers and sponsors for bringing us the best in summertime musical enjoyment.

Judy Dare

Retired, Tucson

Immigration reform merits serious thought

Re: the July 8 letter to the editor "Immigration reform inspires sarcasm."

While the letter writer tried to push his screed as sarcasm, he made two very critical mistakes.

• First, he injected race into the mix by making it an us versus "Mexican people" issue, when it is not. A 2006 congressional report stated an increasing number of illegal immigrants are coming from nations known to produce, train and harbor terrorists.

• Second, he attempted to use the border between North and South Korea as proof that it doesn't take 40,000 troops to secure our southern border. Attempts to equate the two are absolutely ridiculous as the Korean border is a demilitarized zone with fencing, mines and armed troops on both sides.

Our border absolutely needs to be secured and our legal immigration system must be fixed. It is not too much to ask who wants to get into this country and why.

Jon Hurtado


Canamex corridor will require tax hike

Re: the July 8 editorial "Both sides must give a little to bring Mexican trade boom to Tucson."

The Tucson Citizen editorial touts the Canamex trade corridor as the magic bullet that will lift Tucson out of poverty if only the tea partiers and tree huggers can kiss and make up. At the risk of raining on your parade, I'll point out another not-so-little obstacle. Namely money.

With government budgets at all levels - federal, state and local - strained to and beyond the breaking point, there's only one place the "hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure" can come from and that is new taxes.

On the state and local levels, elected officials are likely to punt the question of new taxes to voters rather than risk losing their jobs in the next election. So, if I'm right, voters like me will be asked to dig deeper into our pockets to pay for new roads while our neighborhood streets continue to deteriorate. That's going to be a very tough sell.

William C. Thornton

Retired, Tucson

Once a Marine, always a Marine

The caption under the photo on Page A4 of the July 11 edition of the Arizona Daily Star refers to William Warneke as an ex-Marine.

There is no such thing as an ex-Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

I was a lance corporal in Delta Company Third Recon in Vietnam in 1967-68. I have done a lot of things in my life. I've been this and that. But the one constant is that I have always been, and always will be, a Marine.

Semper Fi.

Bill Stussie


We either support democracy, or we don't

Re: the July 11 column "Military despotism may be Egypt's preferable tyranny."

In his column, George Will finds a military overthrow of a democratic election preferable to President Morsi of Egypt. He complains that Morsi "won just 52 percent of the vote," and then engaged in the "exploitation of democratic success to adopt measures inimical to the development of a democratic culture."

He could have been talking about his favorite president, George W. Bush, except that Bush won "just" 47.9 percent of the vote. We're either for democracy or not; it cannot depend on whether the winning candidate shares our beliefs, especially when it's not even our country.

Sean Bruner

Attorney, Tucson