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If It Is on the National Register of Historic Places, It's Significant

For the information of your readers, as well as Tom Danehy: The city of Tucson does not arbitrarily decide whether a building such as the Marist College is historic or not (Aug. 16). That determination is made by applying federal criteria.

To be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a building or other cultural resource must be nominated via a detailed proposal which must in turn pass a rigorous state and federal review.

We can argue about where the funding for preservation should come from, but the building's historic and cultural significance is not in dispute.

I wonder why Mr. Danehy did not contact Tucson's Historic Preservation Office for this information, and relied instead on an adobe contractor he apparently picked out of the phone book.

Laura Tabili

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Regarding "Buddha in the Desert" (Sept. 6):

Please research what Buddhism is about, and the fact that a Buddhist monk cannot be married or have a "partner." Buddhism is a religion founded more than 2,600 years ago by the Buddha. The image of the Buddha is sacred to Buddhists, and the cover page is disrespectful, showing the Buddha in the dirt, with dirt on his face, and words on his face. You misspelled "Buddha," and I ask you to apologize to Buddhists for this image and publish a retraction of... saying that Roach and his followers are Buddhists. ... Roach and his followers are calling themselves Buddhists, but they are not.


There are con men and women in all religions. There are cults that pretend to have a spiritual aspect, but are only there to prey on others. This was one of those instances. A threat to the "future of American Buddhism"? Not hardly, since there is no "American Buddhism." There are only students of the Buddha's teachings. Regarding your cover, we should respect all religions. This was not one of those occasions for you.

Jack Ferguson

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