Let ‘tango’ partners

pay for maternity care

Re: the Nov. 9 column “Why men should pay for coverage of maternity care.”

In telling us why men should pay for coverage of maternity care, writer Michael Hiltzik tells us that “It takes two to tango.” Why, yes. That’s why the two who tango should make arrangements for maternity care. Why should the rest of us pay the bill? Hiltzik says that if you “limit coverage to women of childbearing age, and you’re giving many of these guys a free pass.”

Force the rest of us to pay for their maternity care, and we give both parents a free pass. Hiltzik asserts that society has an interest in doing so. I disagree. The people receiving the subsidy are precisely the people who are not prepared to live up to the responsibilities of parenthood.

Specifically, they are women who don’t feel like getting married, but who don’t mind being pregnant. Pay a visit to Detroit, then tell me how that behavior benefits society.

Stephen Deatrick

Retired computer programmer,

Sierra Vista

How big government gets it all wrong

Re: the Oct. 27 letter to the editor “Tea-party types risk hypocrisy.”

To the writer who favors big government, let me say that I will collect more health insurance coverage than I paid into the system. However, if I had been allowed to invest the money I paid into Social Security and the money that the company put into Social Security into a simple investment fund, I would be collecting much more than what I’m receiving from big government.

At that rate, I could easily afford my own health insurance. Big government gets just about everything wrong. I undercollect on Social Security and over collect on health care.

John Thomas

Retired executive vice president, Tucson

Mental-care delay

has cost lives

Re: the Nov. 9 article “Rules expand mental-health coverage to millions.”

In October of 2008, President Bush signed the law that requires the mental-health coverage that is now finally being implemented five years later by President Obama in his second term. During those years of lack of implementation, we have had a few mass murders by people with mental health issues that went untreated.

Prevention of those incidents is one of the main aims of the law in the first place. Why it took so long to implement is anyone’s guess, but incompetent or unconcerned administrators are certainly one possibility. Unfortunately, another possible reason is that the politicians involved saw few votes to be gained by its implementation. In either case, what a shame.

Matthew Scully

Engineer, Sahuarita

Political motives

of APS are apparent

Re: the Nov. 9 article “APS renewed membership in conservative group.”

APS excuses their recent “rejoining” of the American Legislative Exchange Council because they are a politically active, pro-business company. It seems only right, then, they would go back to ALEC and offer up laws against the common people and for socialistic support of business under the disguise of free market.

APS likes its subsidies from the taxpayer for their fossil fuels. No wonder they don’t want anything — say even a hundredth of their subsidies — to go to solar, that would cut into profit and the taxpayer would actually get better return in investment long term. Go “free market”!

Carissa Sipp


Some were drafted,

but we all served in Korea

Re: the Nov. 11 article “Tucsonans remember those lost during Korean fighting.”

The article on “The Forgotten War” was well-written. Those of us from the classes of ’48, ’49 and ’50 remember it all too well. Many were in the Marine Corps Reserve, some joined the Navy, some were drafted but we all served.

Paul Loas was a classmate of mine. Richard Barcelo in the class before. We all went with the need to serve as our fathers and older siblings had a few years earlier. Paul Loas was one of many exceptional Tucson High graduates. Thank you!

David Ewing

Former U.S. Navy, Tucson

Bennett’s tax pledge

is bad news for Arizona

Re: the Nov. 13 article “Bennett’s gubernatorial run kicks off with a tax pledge.”

Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s statement kicking off his run for governor should ring bells and cause alarm for all of Arizona. Right off he pledges to increase sales taxes, revamp exempt items such as food and use the money to lower state income taxes for higher-income folks.

Warning to fixed-income folks — unemployed, disabled, retired, students, low-wage earners — you will pay more in taxes as higher-income people pay less. Bennett has twisted President Bush’s “read my lips” from “no new taxes” to more new taxes.

If Tucson didn’t need him so much, I would be standing on a street corner with a petition to get Mayor Rothschild to run for governor. He has fresh, positive solutions for government.

Harvey Akeson

Retired, Tucson