In praise of removing troublemakers

Re: the Aug. 29 article “Teacher in taping incident resigns.”

As a former teacher, I sympathize with the second-grade teacher attempting to deal with an extreme behavior problem in her classroom. I imagine every teacher has fantasized about using some questionable method to try to control a child. Removal from the classroom is the only solution that allows the teacher to teach and the remaining students to learn.

I am sure this child will continue her behavior no matter who the teacher or where she is taught. A look at her behavior for the past few years would no doubt turn up a similar pattern.

TUSD needs to create a way to remove any child who keeps classrooms from learning and keep them out for longer than a few minutes. If a solution could be found, this would prevent teacher burnout and make classrooms a better place for learning.

Rae Lynn Reffruschinni

Retired TUSD teacher, Tucson

Education commission

here to provide access

Re: the Aug. 4 article “Tucson kids pay poverty’s high price” and the Aug. 27 column “For poor kids, college is often a mirage, as film shows.”

The article that jump-started the Losing Ground series highlighted an important reality in Tucson: although resources and organizations exist, a lack of community cooperation between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors hinders Tucson’s economic development.

This can be applied to education in Tucson, and the Metropolitan Education Commission exists to address that. Last April the commission’s Regional College Access Center screened the film “First Generation,” which was featured in the Arizona Star, to raise awareness of barriers to completing higher education faced by first-generation students in poverty. It sparked interest in future screenings.

In her column, Esther Cepeda suggests actions that help first-generation students go to college. I’d like to add the center to that list: You can get more information at or call 670-0055.

Jennifer Pham

MEC Regional College Access Center Intern

Proper school funding still falls to state

Re: the Aug. 23 guest column “Support our teachers by contributing to new fund.”

I admire Jim Click’s leadership on many community programs, and on its surface the Tucson Supports Teachers Foundation sounds like another worthy program. But when I think about it, I realize that if his friends in the statehouse would properly fund education in Arizona, we wouldn’t need this new initiative of his.

Click said “quality education begins with a leader in the classroom.” No. It begins with proper funding, which the Republican legislators have consistently and disgracefully undermined.

Instead of the foundation idea I would like to see Click put his 100 donors on buses to the statehouse to notify their Republican friends up there that they won’t be getting any more campaign contributions until they get education funded in a responsible way that will give us hope for future generations.

If we can’t properly educate our children, what good are we? I’ll donate to the bus ride.

David L. Williams

Volunteer, Tucson


good neighbor since ’41

Davis-Monthan has been here since 1941. The aircraft and the men and women who service them have lived here. They protected all of our civil rights, like the right to complain about aircraft noise and the right to build under the flight paths.

But now certain people think they have the right to force the government to restrict what aircraft are flown, to close the base and to damage Tucson’s economy.

The base was here before you. It was not hiding when you exercised your right to move here. The military aircraft did not interfere with your right to gain employment here. The millions of military tax dollars spent here did not impede your right to raise a family.

Now I say that the base’s right to continue to serve America from Tucson in whatever manner needed is not stopping you from your right to move somewhere else. That’s freedom.

Craig Suter

Retired, Tucson

Tucson will miss

Jennifer Waddell

Re: the Sept. 7 article “Waddell quits KGUN for Nashville.”

Boy, what a shocking blow to lose Jennifer Waddell from KGUN 9 news. She was the consummate professional and we were lucky to have her for so many years. Good luck to KGUN 9 management in finding a competent replacement. Best of luck in Nashville, Jennifer. The Tucson community will miss you!

Gorham A. Cowl

Retired, Tucson

Loud flyovers

won’t drive economy

Re: the Aug. 26 letter to the editor “Why we must base the F-35 here.”

The writer says not bringing the F-35 jets to D-M will be “devastating” to Tucson. We should honor and thank him for his service, but that does not make him an authority on urban development and planning.

Both the city and university have bet millions on Tucson’s future being based on tourism and diverse, tech business growth. They want to lure high-wage workers and new businesses to the city, as well as increase the area’s already active tourism.

These people will not come to live, work and play under fleets of super-loud jets flying over their heads into the night. The Tucson basin is the most beautiful and livable place in the state. To give up the possibility of a prosperous future and bet on a one-source economy would be devastating.

James Collins

Retired, Tucson