Legislature forgets

basis of democracy

The way the Arizona Legislature often defies voters boggles the mind. For example, shifting voter-approved funds away from education or altering the referendum or recall process so it’s less accessible.

How many times have they tried to trash the voter-chosen Independent Redistricting Commission? Do we believe that if redistricting were returned to the party in power they would set boundaries in a fair way? Or would they establish districts for the purpose of retaining power?

They are literally trying to take away the voices and votes of people who hold differing views. Democracy demands a dialogue to work. It is out of the richness of varied opinions, beliefs and values that consensus forms and new ideas and solutions are born. That is how America got here. Consider that as you vote.

Bob Strickler

Retired clinical social worker, Tucson

In these circumstances,

Barber’s vote was wrong

Re: the Oct. 2 column “Steller: Shutdown politics trap Rep. Barber.”

Barber’s vote to delay penalties for one year for individuals appears reasonable on the surface, but not in context of what has occurred since Obama’s election.

The House has voted more than 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now the tea party holds the entire process of governing hostage to accomplish the same goal. This is no less than political extortion, and though Barber’s vote may be rational (although the law is 3 years old and people have six months to purchase insurance), in effect it supports these extreme tactics.

I would argue that in this case, opposition to these types of tactics outweighs other rational considerations. I would suggest that the tea party adopt this novel approach: Take your case to the people, obtain majorities in both houses of Congress, win the presidency, then repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Barber’s vote enables a minority within a minority to obstruct the people’s ability to respond collectively to the serious issues that confront us.

Robert Jones

Retired public school teacher, Tucson

Health-law comments

not rooted in fact

Re: the Sept. 29 article “New system actually will increase insurance rates, group predicts.”

Thank you, Daily Star editors and reporters, for providing sorely needed facts about the Affordable Care Act. Given your good intentions, including the interview with Christina Corieri of the Goldwater Institute in the “Health Care Law and You” insert was puzzling.

The Goldwater Institute’s lawsuit against Gov. Jan Brewer may qualify as news but her remarks are anything but factual.

At worst, her statements are deliberately false; at best, they are political. She presents only undesirable scenarios that might discourage those who would benefit from ACA from enrolling in it. And Corieri’s alternative to ACA — “the free market” — is demonstrably the cause of current runaway pricing and unequal delivery of health care.

No one except the wealthy can afford even preventive care without insurance anymore. I receive Medicare; I am grateful my younger friends and family will now have similar protection from the Affordable Care Act.

Jean C. Rush

Retired UA professor, Tucson