Unemployed will suffer

in the new year

Happy holidays to President Obama and Congress. I am sure they will have a good holiday patting each other on the back for getting a budget done. Also, they have enough money to really enjoy the season.

May the 1.3 million folks who are part of the long-term unemployed have a happy holiday too.

For their Christmas gift they not only learned they would lose their income but also that food stamps would be cut or reduced.

Obamacare, which was supposed to help 35 million low-income Americans get health care, has been a mess, so they will probably lose or not have health-care coverage in the new year.

Their misfortune will hurt the entire economy as folks won’t be able to pay for rent, utilities and other necessities.

Everyone will be hurt except, of course, those who are too busy patting themselves on the back to see the poverty around them that they have created.

Shirley Pevarnik

Educator, Tucson

Road-test older drivers

to assure competence

There is a critical need for road tests as a requirement for obtaining a driver’s license, especially as we get older.

In addition to visual testing, a road test should be required every two or three years once a person reaches 60 or 65, somewhere in there.

Later, it should be required on an annual basis, maybe in a person’s 70s.

This business of a quick eye exam and a five-year renewal is worthless and serves as nothing but a cash cow.

Witness all the “accidents” that occur, for example, when a person panics and hits the accelerator instead of the brake.

One poor fellow in Green Valley ran into the same building twice, making it all the way inside on the second try.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’m old — 82.

Nicholas Bleser

Retired park ranger, Tumacacori