Participant says thanks for Honor Flight

I was fortunate to be able to go on the Southern Arizona Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in October.

I would like to extend my thanks to all the organizing staff, personal guides and flight attendants, along with all the families, children, military personnel, police and sheriff’s departments, Boy Scouts and many more who made our trip to and from Washington — and our return home to Tucson — so special.

The surprising reception and huge number of people present at the Tucson Airport upon our return was especially enjoyable and the handshakes and “welcome homes” much appreciated.

Being able to see the WWII Memorial was the special point of interest for all the veterans and we thank you all for making it possible.

John Heinz

Retired, Tucson

Discourse on Sebelius was none too civil

Re: the Nov. 4 editorials “Should Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Go?”

Your regular Monday pro and con pieces help readers see both sides of an issue.

Generally, the contributors stick to the issues and avoid name calling. That’s good.

Unfortunately, the writers dealing with Kathleen Sebelius devolved into name calling, which automatically calls into question their objectivity.

Bogdan Kipling opens with “Our Botcher-in-Chief,” and Wayne Madsen concludes with the “mob of right-wing zanies.”

It was nice, wasn’t it, when we had civil discourse on the opinion page.

What happened?

Mike Dant

English teacher, Green Valley

Writer takes offense at ‘hypocrite’ label

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

So the letter writer thinks that people who collect Social Security and Medicare are hypocrites because we think that people who are capable of working but choose to live off the government should be ashamed of themselves.

I have been paying into Social Security and Medicare since 1960, when I was 12 years old. I have been paying the maximum Medicare and Social Security tax since 1974. I am not collecting Social Security yet, but I am on Medicare because my employer dropped my company health insurance at age 65. I don’t consider myself a hypocrite for receiving something that I have paid into for 52 years.

At the same time I do believe that people who are truly in need should receive some government assistance, but I don’t think that means making government assistance a lifestyle.

Roger Provost

Retired, Tucson