Letters to the editor

2013-10-20T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2013 12:00 am

Execute killers

in 2 years or not at all

Re: the Oct. 10 article “Arizona executes Schad for ’78 killing.”

Recently Arizona executed a 71-year-old man for a crime committed 35 years ago. The death penalty and life-in-prison have some logic separately, but both for the same crime? In effect, this man victimized the people of Arizona three times at immense cost to the taxpayers. The death penalty exists mostly so politicians can show how tough they are and as a perpetual-motion machine for lawyers and their hangers-on.

Since politicians will never pass a law against their own interests, is it not time for a voter initiative? Amend the constitution to say that if the state does not carry out an execution within two years of conviction, it is automatically changed to life in prison. Indeed, this could unite anti-death penalty activists and prudent citizens in the same cause.

Chris Hansen

Retired, Tucson

‘No guns’ signs

invite criminals

When I see a “no guns” sign at a business, I don’t eat or shop there unless they do a pat-down or have a metal detector when I enter. To just post a “no guns” sign is ignorant because what that sign actually means to a criminal is, “Hey, if you are law-abiding, don’t bring your gun in here. If you are a criminal, come on in with your gun.”

All the mass shootings of late were in places that banned guns. Those killers may be insane but they are not stupid. If you see a “no guns allowed” sign and they don’t take any measures beyond that, I recommend you avoid that restaurant because it is unsafe. Tell the manager or owner as you are leaving why you are doing so.

William Heath Sr.

Business owner, Tucson

Thanks all around

for saving my life

Recently my husband found me on the bedroom floor unable to get up. He called 911, and Station 12 responded. Their medics were on a call, so they called Station 16 to assist them.

When they got me out of the bedroom onto the gurney, and into the living room, I went into cardiac arrest.

James Ray and Dan Harris immediately gave me CPR and were able to bring me back. They transported me to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

One day soon I hope to thank these dear men in person for saving my life. My heartfelt thanks to Carondelet Heart Institute, the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph’s and at St. Mary’s for the very good care I received for 25 days.

Norma “Anita” Rash

Retired real estate agent, Tucson

Time to change the way

we’re represented

I think it’s time for some serious, nationwide gerrymandering. Instead of having Congress divvied up by states and districts, it would be more representative of the citizenry if it were carved out by social, economic and educational parameters.

The richest 1 percent would have one senator; the other 99 senators would represent the rest of the population. There are 435 seats in the House: The 1 percent would be entitled to 4.3 representatives. (OK, we 99 percent aren’t greedy — we’ll give ’em a whole five.)

Finally, lobbying would be a capital offense. I think close to 99 percent of the 99 percent would go along with this. But since the 1 percent owns the government, alas, it remains a dream.

Katherine Wesolowski

Writer, Tucson

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