Letters to the Editorby Tucson Citizen on Jun. 27, 2007, under Opinion
We’re all affected by loss of Sunshine
Re: the Thursday article “Vigil for slain Sunshine draws over 100″:
A lot of people make choices that affect their life in an adverse way. Don’t blame the community or the messenger.
We need to ask ourselves: Why are all these social service agencies not reaching these people? And why did Sunshine not feel comfortable going to a shelter?
Whoever committed this crime eventually will be caught, and our legal system will prosecute them.
Crime knows no class, no race; we are all affected by it.
Engineering students build Tucson pride
Re: the Thursday article “4 THS students in natl. engineering contest”:
Congratulations to Lindsay, Charles, Susma and Ernie for their participation in the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement national engineering design competition.
With the shortage of engineering talent we face locally, nationally and internationally, I am encouraged by our own Tucson students demonstrating interest in the exciting field of engineering.
All of us benefit from the many technological advances that engineering provides, and I hope Pima County, as an employer, might be fortunate enough to have these young people join our work force at some future date and help us on our path to being a livable, sustainable community.
Best wishes for a successful competition. You make all of us proud.
deputy county administrator, public works
1965 Tucson High graduate
Human life too sacred to save, but OK for war
Our illustrious George W. Bush vetoed the bill for embryonic stem cell research, making one wonder how we could be saddled with his and his followers’ convoluted thinking.
He says he supports science, but “all human life is sacred.”
This is the same man responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands of innocent Iraqis and thousands of our young.
Yet he won’t allow science to help those who suffer tragic health problems, insisting that somehow using a stem cell is taking a sacred human life.
Obviously, the embryonic cell is in a dormant state created by science and will not be a human life until it is implanted in a womb, nourished for nine months, leaves the womb and takes its first breath!
Many years ago, my wife carried our first and only child, a girl full-term, only to have “it” come into this world stillborn.
“It” was the term given to us at the hospital. Because our baby never took a breath, we were told, this was not a human life, though we could name her and put her name on a headstone if we wished.
Now the killing in Iraq goes on with no end in sight, the people of Darfur are in a living hell and millions and millions of our sick have no health insurance.
But look at the “bright side.” We could have elected a president who did not believe “all human life is sacred.”
JOHN R. CLARKE
Parental involvement does make a difference
Re: the Friday My Tucson column by Saul J. Ostroff (“Parents who invest time with kids rewarded”):
I trust this article will be a wake-up call for other parents.
It is so encouraging to hear about parents who are supportive of their children and the school.
All parents with children in school need to be involved. It does make a difference!
When my boys were in school at Flowing Wells, my involvement with the school made a difference in their lives, their grades and the young men they have become.
Oh, they got into the usual mischief, but nothing major. I am proud of my sons. Thank you for your column.
Immigrants learned on own time, dime
Re: your Saturday editorial (“Legislature ignores order to fairly fund ELL students”) in which you toss verbal rocks at the Legislature for “ignoring the needs of more than 133,000 students who are trying to learn English”:
Just hold the phone here a second. When my great- grandfathers came to this country (legally, I might add), they spoke only Russian and Yiddish.
Did the state of New York rush to offer their children “English language learning” classes with money extorted from the taxpayers? It did not.
My people understood that it was up to them to learn the language and assimilate.
They made sure their kids became proficient in English, on their own time and their own dime.
Somehow these dirt-poor Eastern European Jews made a go of it and proved to be among the most successful immigrants ever to come to these shores.
At work, the guy who sits to my right is of Irish ancestry. His people learned the language on their own, too. The woman on my left is of German extraction. Same with her family.
The current wave of immigrants is the only one in U.S. history that has received these special considerations. Why? Are they dumber than previous immigrants? Not likely.
There’s only one possible answer: Pandering politicians and their brain-dead media lap dogs. Do you fools at the Citizen recognize yourselves yet?