Writer doesn’t care

about Obama’s lies

Re: the Dec. 27 letter to the editor “Obama a brilliant man; his critics are misguided.”

Apparently, the letter writer doesn’t care about Obama lying to get re-elected. Remember how we were going to save $2,500 on our insurance bills?

What are you going to do with your $2,500 savings? Maybe take a trip to Hawaii and visit the Barrack Obama presidential library and pro shop.

William Oldham

Electronics manufacturing, Tucson

Star stoops to printing

column of garbage

Re: the Dec. 30 guest column “Skinheads, anti-government cultists embrace NRA’s paranoid message.”

Some so-called opinion articles deserve a letter to counter their inaccuracies, while others make you scratch your head and wonder why they were printed in the first place. Such is the case with the “opinion” piece from Ann Shoben.

First, she starts off saying “our” guns as if she really owns any, and then closes out the piece by saying “your” guns. She also cites groups with paranoid fantasies and proceeds to invoke skinheads, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and doomsday cultists. Talk about paranoid fantasies! Oh and to top it off, someone at the Star actually printed that garbage.

Jon Hurtado

Retired Navy, Tucson

Why the rudeness

by law enforcement?

I am in contact with multiple law-enforcement agencies because of where I am employed, and I have been belittled and recently was yelled at. Why? I’m still trying to figure this out.

My questions to the disrespectful, rude officers/agents that give law-enforcement personnel a bad name are: Why are you so rude and condescending? Is it because you’re extremely stressed, feel that you’re underpaid, or is it the bureaucracy of the job? You chose your career. Just because you carry a weapon and have a badge does not mean you are a better person.

I wholeheartedly respect and am grateful for what law-enforcement officers do, but there is no need to be patronizing and offensive. Treat others like you would like to be treated.

Francisca Moreno

Paralegal, Tucson

You have right to decide

how to spend money

Re: the Dec. 31 letter to the editor “Christmas-tree story was wrong choice.”

If a person wishes to spend money on 100 Christmas trees, how is this a matter to sneer at? The money is not taxpayer money. We don’t know anything about the person’s private generosity. If the person earned the money, why must another one complain about the way they spend it, as long as it is within the law?

As far as I’m concerned, the writer who complained about the Christmas trees must be a Grinch.

John Sharpton

Electrician, Tucson

The time has come

for wealth redistribution

Re: the Dec. 17 letter to the editor “Raising minimum wage is flawed thinking.”

The writer refers to low wage earners as the least productive among us, a shameful comment. It is obvious she never studied Keynesian  economics or the policies of Marriner Eccles  that led America out of the Great Depression. She also appears unaware of Henry Ford’s practice of paying his employees sufficient wages to afford the automobiles they manufactured. Instead, the writer clings to Mitt Romney’s “corporations are people” philosophy.

Concentration of wealth at the top has contributed to the destruction of our economy. Much of executives’ wealth is invested off-shore and does nothing to stimulate America’s recovery. Our economy will grow if we begin to put money in the hands of wage earners who will spend and invest in America.

It’s time for reasonable and equitable redistribution of wealth. There, I’ve said it. Now make my day and call me a socialist.

Paul Peterson

Retired, Tucson

Myriad reasons

to drop death penalty

Re: the Dec. 17 article “Death penalty sought for three.”

How tragic the Pima county attorney is seeking the death penalty. The cost is millions more than seeking life without parole. That money could well be used for other investigations and appropriate prosecutions. Last year the county attorney spent about $2 million more than authorized.

Furthermore, evidence and experience demonstrate that the death penalty is cruel, irrevocable and a violation of the right to life. It damages and poisons society by endorsing violence and by causing injustice and suffering. It has no particular effect on violent crime, and abolition nations often have lower murder rates that those that still execute.

Executions and death sentences have dropped nationally, but not here. Pima and Maricopa counties are among the top 15 counties performing executions since 1976. Will Pima County be the last to stop seeking the death penalty?

Punch Woods

Vice president, Death Penalty

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