Letters to the Editorby Tucson Citizen on Jan. 20, 2009, under Citizen Voices
Possible end to Citizen saddens ‘news addict’
I have felt very sad ever since I read about the end of the Citizen if it is not purchased.
I have lived here since 1974 and have subscribed to your paper since that time.
My son had a job at your offices for three years through the program at San Miguel High School for low-income students. Your staff was very good to him when he started with you at the young age of 14.
He is now in college in California. Your organization played an important part in his reaching this goal.
Before I came to Tucson, I worked as a reporter at the military paper the Stars and Stripes.
I am a news addict, so I will probably end up subscribing to the Star when and if your paper no longer exists.
I go online every day and read the national news article, but I love the Citizen for the local news and having something that I can easily read and keep.
I am praying that the best comes to pass out of this situation for your staff and the community. Thank you for your wonderful and dedicated service to my son, me and Tucson.
Paper another casualty of economic downturn
The Citizen will be dearly missed. It has become a fine source for information, community opinions, and sophisticated discussion toward solving the problems of the state and nation.
This is another casualty of an economic downturn which would not have been so extreme if our fiscal leaders in Washington, D.C., and New York had the type of common sense reflected by many of your letters to the editor.
Best of luck to the good men and women who have worked so hard to publish six times a week for our community.
Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw & Villamana, P.C.
Bean counters now in charge of public trust?
It was with bitter tears I read your intent to cease publication March 21 (Saturday article).
Remember the wise person who said that if there is no free press, the people die. The operative word is “press,” not television (which copies from newspapers) and not radio, which runs the wire services.
When I graduated with a degree in journalism 75 years ago, we had to recite the Journalist’s Creed, which said, in part, “I believe in the profession of journalism, I believe the public journal is a public trust and all connected with it are guardians of that trust.”
Have we now put the bean counters in charge of that trust? No wonder the country is headed for total mediocrity.
Mary Ann Ramsay Keating
Redondo Beach, Calif.
Outdated stats, review skew master’s counts
Re: the Jan. 15 article “Nearly 50 majors at UA found to produce too few degrees”:
The journalism master’s degree was on the list of programs UA is reviewing for elimination because of statistics that have not been updated.
Journalism did not produce the required minimum number of master’s degrees during the three previous academic years.
That’s because the school had no master’s students enrolled because the curriculum was under review and dual master’s degrees with Latin American and Near Eastern studies were being developed.
A new group of master’s students started their studies in fall 2008, including students seeking dual degrees. Therefore, we expect to be taken off the list as soon as the data are updated.
director, UA School of Journalism
Change could begin with entitlements
The Arizona Republic carried an article last week “Obama hints at Social Security, Medicare changes.” (I have not seen this article in the Tucson newspapers. Why is that?)
“President-elect Barack Obama pledged Thursday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare bargain with the American people, saying the nation’s long-term recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.”
It appears Mr. Obama plans to continue large sums to car companies, banks, etc. at the expense of the elderly who have paid into Social Security and Medicare for many years.
The federal government has been stealing from this “trust” fund for years, and now they will finish it off. “Yes we can.”
All recipients of Medicare and Social Security should continue with the same benefits. If Obama wants “change,” then start with those who have not yet retired and have the opportunity to plan for a new system.
Voters were so excited about the change but gave no thought to what impact those changes would make in their lives. It pays to investigate before you jump on the change bandwagon.
Obama’s pink slip involves car, not job
A news article stated that President Obama’s Chrysler 300c would be auctioned off!
The 300c is a big, gas-guzzling V-8 sedan! So much for Obama caring about conserving gasoline! What a hypocrite – a disaster in waiting!
A. Perry Russell