Sue for highway funds; we're taxed enough

Re: the June 2 editorial "County tax hike a viable way to get road-repair funds."

A county tax hike is not a viable way to get road repair funds. We are taxed enough and need no further taxes. In your editorial, you briefly mention that many of the funding bumps stem from the Legislature's theft of the Highway User Revenue funds. Why doesn't a local politician sue for these stolen funds?

Why can't an editorial be written on that? What is the total dollars the state has stolen thus far? While I'm at it, where did all the funds go from the huge tax increase on a pack of cigarettes for stop-smoking programs? What guarantee does the taxpayer have if a hike is enacted that that won't also get stolen?

Chuck Powers

Retired, Tucson

Median vendors work hard for honest dollar

Re: the June 2 article "Supervisor seeks ban on vendors in medians."

The paper vendor at an intersection near me is a homeless veteran who has physical problems. He is out there every day, hot or cold, trying to make an honest dollar.

I know it is painful for Ally Miller and her cohorts to see these people in plain view showing how our great capitalist system has failed a growing number of people. It would be nicer for them if homeless people stayed hidden in the culverts where they camp out. The paper vendor has told me he has to suffer insults shouted at him like "why don't you get a real job?" or "why don't you just go and die?" by individuals as they drive by.

It seems to me that Miller and her cohorts should be trying to find ways to help these unfortunate people rather than outlawing them.

John Olbert

Retired engineer, Tucson

Tobin, others violating legislators' oath

Re: the June 4 article "Ariz. legislators refuse to send bills to Brewer, despite ruling."

If we need any further reason for disgust with our state government, the refusal to send bills passed by the Legislature to the governor should end the quandary. By this action, the Legislature makes clear the value they place on their oath of office.

ARS Title 38, Chapter 2, Article 4, 38-231E, requires each elected official to swear or affirm they will support the Constitution and laws of the state of Arizona. Andy Tobin, having done such, now acknowledges he is violating the 2009 Arizona Supreme Court ruling requiring that passed bills be sent forward to the governor.

His flippant response when asked about this, along with Brewer's spokesperson's response saying she has no problem with held bills, says volumes about their civic responsibility and morality. Obviously, for some of Arizona's elected officials, an oath is not worth the paper signed by that official.

Spencer Elliott

Retired veteran, Oro Valley

'Minor issues' not so minor to many

Re: the May 30 letter to the editor "Benghazi, IRS, AP relatively minor issues."

Sheldon Metz lists the many issues of the day that are not being addressed because our elected officials are focusing on Benghazi, the IRS and the AP scandals. He dismisses those three storylines as a waste of time and tax payer money. He implies that the public should turn a blind eye to the administrations foreign policy ineptitude, the brazen use of IRS power to silence political opponents and the Justice Departments attack on journalists.

Would Metz be so dismissive if the perpetrators were George Bush and John Ashcroft?

Bruce M. Prior

Hydrologist, Tucson