Poorly conceived bills waste tax dollars

Re: the April 22 article “Justices bar part of immigration law in Arizona.”

However one views this decision, it is very clear that our Arizona legislators are not doing their homework before they rush new bills to the vote.

We are wasting millions of dollars with these misconceived and poorly developed bills when the justice system has to correct them all the time.

Apart from the damage that SB 1070 has already done economically and politically to our state, it is a tragedy how much tax dollars are wasted because the judges have to correct the massive failures by our legislators to check with their lawyers whether the stipulations in the bills meet even the basic constitutionality.

Maybe the underlying intention by the authors of such bills is aimed at undermining the U.S. Constitution and democracy as we know it?

Albrecht Classen

Professor, Tucson

District 5 voters back PCC’s Marty Cortez

We have known Marty Cortez for some 30 years and know of her advocacy for education as a former teacher, school principal and community volunteer of over 20 years.

For some members of our community to seek her recall from the Pima College Board is a disservice to the voters of her district since she was re-elected in November of 2012 at the height of the college controversy.

The voters of District 5 have spoken and obviously trust Marty to continue to work on behalf of those seeking an education in our community.

Ann Montano

Retired educator, Tucson

Let’s get serious about medical care

Re: the April 20 article “Financial strain shows at Carondelet.”

The article illustrates so clearly what Republicans either don’t get, or don’t care about. Perhaps the real question to ask them is do they not like the Affordable Care Act, or do they just not want a viable health care system at all?

The lack of insurance coverage for so many people, combined with ridiculous costs and requirements where coverage is potentially available, is just part of the problem.

Cutting support programs like AHCCCS, bypassing Medicaid, etc., just compounds the detriment to our medical system. Too many people are forced to bypass doctors and hospitals simply because they can’t afford it. That’s insane. In truth, they can’t afford not to avail themselves of such services unless they have a death wish.

Either we get serious about the importance of medical care for everyone, or we gradually see health care become something that equates to a luxury. The Affordable Care Act is a big step in the right direction, but single-payer is the real answer.

Thomas Yarnes

Retired, Tucson

A bomb-sniffing cat? Not so much

Re: the April 20 letter to the editor “Writer within his rights to hold dogs in disfavor.”

It’s not my intention to start a war between dog people and non-dog people but this letter drew the line in the sand.

The writer finds dogs “goofy and dopey and surprisingly gullible” compared to cats. Seriously? When is the last time you saw a bomb-sniffing cat, a service cat or a police cat?

Cats are fine but the dog is man (and woman’s) best friend.

Marcy Tigerman

Case manager, Tucson

Who are the real terrorists here?

Our Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, seems to have had another senior moment. He is quick to call supporters of Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists.”

These supporters did not shoot anyone, blow anything up or destroy property, and yet Mr. Reid calls them terrorists.

On the other hand, Nidal Malik Hasan, who murdered 13 people at Fort Hood, is not labeled a terrorist or what he did an act of terrorism. The people who murdered four Americans in Benghazi are also not terrorists, they are simply “protesters.”

What we have here is another reason, added to a very long list of reasons, to never vote for a Democrat.

Gene Liefke

Retired, Vail

Vet school for UA is a no-brainer

Our Legislature seems to be letting another golden opportunity slip away by their inaction and refusal to support the efforts to create a veterinary school at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Shane Burgess, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and his team have done the hard work of researching and developing the program but are unable to secure the necessary funding and backing from the governor and those who hold the purse strings in Phoenix.

How shortsighted and disappointing! Twenty-three years ago, my stepdaughter, a double-major honors student and master’s degree holder from the UA, wanted to go to vet school.

Her only choice was to apply to out-of-state schools where the tuition was double and where in-state students were favored. The odds were against her and she is now a high-school biology teacher.

The cost versus benefit value of a vet school in Arizona makes this a no-brainer. Elected officials, are you listening?

John Almond

Contractor, Tucson