What's a Bigger Danger: Terrorism, or DMAFB Flyovers?

Regarding the letter by Jean de Jong ("Military Plane Crashes Can and Do Happen," Mailbag, Sept 1): I agree with her viewpoint.

She cited the F-4D Phantom that crashed into the Food Giant at 29th Street and Alvernon Way in 1967. I was 11 and living at 29th Street and Swan Road. My aunt had planned to stop there after work. We waited several agonizing hours to find out she hadn't.

I now live on 22nd Street east of Country Club Road. A few years ago, jets from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base began flying over my house in the evenings so low that you could see the pilot in the cockpit. (I wonder if he saw me flip him off.) I called DMAFB, got their training coordinator and asked why these jets were flying over an area filled with homes, grocery stores, a park, a zoo and a mall. Her reply was, "Oh, a squadron from South Dakota is training here, because it's snowing there."

I understand how some naively patriotic people feel safe knowing the Air Force is cruising our skies and "protecting our freedom," yadda yadda yadda. I feel less fear of terrorists and more fear of my house being destroyed and while the USAF is flying the friendly skies over my neighborhood!

Katherin A. Burns

Hooray for PCC's Higher Standards!

Sometimes I agree with Tom Danehy; sometimes I think he doesn't know what he's talking about. But I think his column on the admission standards for Pima Community College (Sept. 29) was absolutely his best column yet.

A large part of what is wrong with today's society involves lowered standards in just about everything. I, like Mr. Danehy, was delighted to see that one institution, at least, is trying to head in the right direction.

Judy Gafner


In "Keeping Tabs" (Currents, Oct. 6), we reported that the former University of Arizona president's name is Richard Shelton; it's actually Robert Shelton. We apologize for the mistake.

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