It’s wrong to force insurance on everyone

Re: the Oct. 28 article “GOP refuses to delay fee in health law.”

I was a responsible citizen who always had a job and provided health insurance for my family. Now the U.S. government wants to charge me $63 to continue having insurance.

This new health-care law should be completely obliterated. The rates are too high for the average American to pay. I can buy a year’s health insurance in Mexico compared to what Obamacare will charge a month and get just as good service, if not better care.

I think we should close Washington and get out all the old blowhards who can’t make a decision on their own on running this fine country of ours. Forcing health care on everyone is the same as forced homeowner and car insurance.

Richard Leland

Retired law enforcement officer, Benson

EPA rules will raise

our energy, water rates

Decisions made by unelected bureaucrats thousands of miles away are significantly impacting us right here in Southern Arizona.

The Environmental Protection Agency has unjustly targeted the Navajo Generating Station with regulations that will require over $1 billion to comply with in order to reduce the haze at the Grand Canyon, which is actually caused by smog from California, not the plant, which is down-wind from the canyon.

It matters to Tucson because the Navajo Generating Station provides all the energy for the Central Arizona Project to pump Colorado River water throughout the state.

As the regulations force the Navajo Generating Station to install costly controls, the price of energy will go up, which also means the price of our water will go up.

The EPA will have a public hearing in Tucson on Nov. 15 at Pima Community College. All residents interested in keeping their water and energy rates affordable should attend and urge the EPA to stop threatening our way of life.

Donna Alu

Legislative District 9 Republican chair, Tucson

Prayers, praise after horrific I-10 accident

Re: the Oct. 31 article “Dust alert on I-10 issued too late.”

I was one of the thousands of people caught in the traffic backup due to the horrific blowing dust accident on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak. Spending two-and-a-half to three hours (others were there longer) in the slowly creeping traffic was not my idea of a good time; however, I thanked God many times that I was in the backup and not in the accident. I even prayed for the dead and injured and their families, something I am not known for.

Praise goes to the many people in the interminable lines for their patience and calmness. I never once heard a complaint, honking horn or sign of frustration. I think we all understood it was a case of “there but for the grace of God go I.” Heartfelt thanks to the police, road crews, medical personnel and all who assisted in clearing the terrible scene. The lack of alternate roads contributed greatly to the difficulties faced by all agencies, as well as travelers.

Kenneth Rehusch

Retired Army officer, Tucson