Horne is defending

a necessary law

Re: the Oct. 17 column “Arizona voter suppression dressed up as legal opinion.”

Tom Horne is Arizona’s attorney general and is defending our laws. Proposition 200, shouldn’t have even been necessary, but it was on our ballot and passed by legal Arizona voters.

We are in a continual battle with the federal government over our rights and sovereignty issues. This is only one issue. Voting is not only a right but an obligation for all American citizens, at least in Arizona.

Horne is a defender of that law. What Sarah Garrecht Gassen is promoting is illegal empowerment by non-citizens. No “citizen’s” right to vote has been taken away. Your column is pure lefty fluff.

If you want to do something productive for this community why don’t you and the Daily Star do more to encourage people to vote?

Voter turnout in Tucson is pathetic.

Mike Ebert

Small-business owner, Tucson

Incorporation forum

in Vail lacked balance

I recently attended a town hall meeting to learn the pros and cons of incorporation in Vail. However, it played more like a pro-incorporation sales presentation with no opposition.

Questions were submitted by the audience in writing, then selected and read by the moderator. They were answered by a panel of two mayors, two town managers and the deputy director at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns — all invited by the pro-incorporation committee.

I like the idea of incorporating our community. However, I believe we must first have the benefits of a strong retail base. Without this, we are destined to be burdened with increased taxes.

Ken Voak

Retired, Vail

Will’s reflections

on JFK are distorted

Re: the Oct. 10 column “Nov. 22, 1963: the birth of punitive liberalism.”

Although I admire columnist George Will’s knack for cogent erudition, I do not share his conservative stance.

A case in point is his reflection on JFK’s assassination. Will adopts a narrowly contrived view that certain Kennedy Democrats exercised political opportunism in creating a “destructive narrative about America.”

This assessment implies that the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were also devoid of larger significance. I believe the intellectual, spiritual, social and political history of our country since that time demonstrates that the promise — and peril — of democracy has meaning far beyond the liberal guilt that is Will’s recurring theme.

Acknowledging our weaknesses as well as our strengths is an affirmation, not a surrender.

Randall Smith

Retired educator, Tucson

We need politicians

who can compromise

We need more politicians. Congress is run by narrow-minded ideologists who know only one truth and have only one goal — and that goal is not the betterment of the country.

Pandering to their “base” by stopping Obama is their only goal. They forget that Obama will be gone in a few years anyway. And in the White House we have a team that couldn’t sell water in Arizona.

We need those boys (and girls) in the backroom to sit down together and figure out a way for each side to get part of what it wants on one issue and then move along. People like Tip O’Neill, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton and the master (who couldn’t get elected today), Ronald Reagan.

Reagan told his minions, “Here’s an outline. Get all you can. If you need a speech — call me.” Then he went for a ride and the country changed.

Win some, lose some, keep playing, keep compromising and move the country forward.

David P. Kelly

Retired, Tucson