Blame lies in DC, not with Babeu

Re: the July 16 column “Babeu provokes migrant protests for own benefit.”

Surely Tim Steller, who obviously has a personal beef with Sheriff Paul Babeu, is not naive enough to think that if Babeu hadn’t “provoked” the protest demonstrations in Oracle, they wouldn’t have occurred. Hello, Mr. Steller, here’s a news flash for you: Many citizens are really upset about the federal government’s handling of this seemingly self-inflicted humanitarian crisis with towns throughout the country being saddled with the financial costs. In the end, it’s the taxpayer being asked to foot the bill. Do you really think this issue needs someone like Babeu to beat the drums? Hardly!

Our country is going through a fundamental change that many of us know is politically motivated. Got it? And Paul Babeu is neither the cause nor the catalyst. If you want to blame political aspirations, I’d suggest you set your sights on Washington, D.C.

Norman Schwartz

Consultant, Oro Valley

‘Boils over’ was

the wrong metaphor

Re: the July 16 article “Immigration tension boils over in Oracle.”

So the Star is joining Sheriff Paul Babeu in fanning the flames in the current immigration crisis. Your article says “Organizers from both sides kept their more vocal members in line and soon protesters and supporters were milling about, keeping a wary distance from each other, before dispersing.”

This sounds to me like simmering or boiling, not boiling over, which to me implies violence. There was none.

Richard Emmons

Retired, Tucson

Extreme elements

were egged on by sheriff

Kudos to Tim Steller for helping to expose Pinal Sheriff Babeu’s sleazy scam in trying to drum up conflict for his own benefit in the Oracle protests. He manufactured the crisis from the moment he learned kids might be assigned in the area and enlisted the most extreme elements in Oracle and SaddleBrooke to give it legs, including longtime extremist Bob Skiba.

Republicans in SaddleBrooke should be hanging their heads in shame for letting Babeu use them and our facilities for his fraudulent kickoff event the night before the kids were due to arrive. His notorious love-hate relationship with people from south of the border obviously does not preclude his exploiting them if he thinks he can make political points. The kids, his right-wing allies and SaddleBrooke residents are all victims of Babeu’s deplorable scheming.

Boyd Bosma

Retired, SaddleBrooke

Christians don’t turn their backs on strangers

I wonder how many of the demonstrators at Oracle and Murietta, California, have the audacity to call themselves Christians.

Robert Mac Nish

Retired, Tucson

Unlike US, Germany plans for the long term

Re: July 18 column “Germans’ approach to capitalism worth spying on.”

Harold Meyerson neglects to mention an important point. Germany plans for the long view. If the Germans experience periods of fiscal success, they hold some of that windfall in reserve for when times are lean. In the U.S., Republicans, unfettered by term limits, will make sure that any “rainy day” funds are returned to citizens through tax cuts and promises of smaller government.

Corporate players in Germany use profits to train their workforce and to set aside reserves for the inevitable downturn. U.S. corporations would be sued by shareholders if the corporations were to not distribute earnings.

Germans practice an “employees first” mantra. With their extensive apprenticeship and excellent education systems, Germans don’t cry about the lack of qualified workers; they create and then nurture them. They recognize that while post-high-school training is necessary, four years of university is not for everyone.

U.S. planning horizon: crisis to crisis.

Gary Putnam

Retired, Tucson

Opt-out requirement

is wrong side up

My physician sent me a notice informing me of the Affordable Care Act’s wanting to share my medical information with other health-care providers.

Personally, I have no compunction against the premise. What I object to is I must “opt out” if I do not want my information to be shared. The “government” and many others require most end users to “opt in” as a choice, not the other way around. The more it is “shared” the easier access nefarious people have.

I practiced four decades in urban and rural private practices and as medical director for several health-care organizations. The ACA is an HMO/PPO on steroids. There will be some good, some bad and many costly outcomes. Some health-care providers will not use the information properly or at all. Some will not have the skills or training to know what the information means. The choice should be to “opt in” if you agree.

David Ewing

Retired medical doctor, Tucson