Letters to the editor

2014-07-04T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
July 04, 2014 12:00 am

Border will never be completely secure

Re: the July 1 guest opinion “A trip to the border region shows the line is far from secure.”

I ranched on the U.S./ Mexico border for many years. I am a board member of the Malpais Borderlands Group, and we as a board were opposed to the border fence east of Douglas from the beginning. To build the wall, a road had to be built where there was no road, which opened much of the country to vehicular traffic. Drug smugglers, suspected terrorists and immigrants seeking work can now easily cross into the U.S.

Walls have never been effective and for Martha McSally to want 100 percent security along the border is a pipe dream. If she is elected to Congress, she will be one more Republican in Congress to use the excuse of not fixing the immigration problem until our borders are totally secure.

That will never happen.

Reese Woodling

Retired rancher, Tucson

Hobby Lobby ruling

is actually narrow

Re: the July 3 editorial “After court’s ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision, Congress should act.”

The Hobby Lobby decision did not allow Hobby Lobby or any other company to avoid supplying contraceptives to their employees. That was a factual misstatement. Such businesses are allowed to avoid supplying abortion-inducing drugs. That’s the real argument.

Still, when the editorial referred to the problem arising from the “employer-based system” they implied a solution: Get rid of that 75-year-old system.

Charles Josephson

Retired business owner, Tucson

Decision OKs benefits without compliance

It’s a shame the Supreme Court didn’t say to Hobby Lobby and Conestoga: “Unincorporate and do as you like.” Incorporation involves benefits, e.g., no personal responsibility of the owners for the acts of the corporation, but also responsibilities, including obedience to laws binding corporations.

The Supreme Court has decided that these family businesses can have the benefits of incorporation while excusing themselves from compliance with one aspect of the Affordable Care Act due to the personal religious convictions of the owners. The decision is deplorable mostly because it adds another element to the “personhood” of corporations, even if only closely held ones in the present instance.

If we ever get a Congress and a president who can work together to clarify the law — probably including the Constitution — to eliminate rights and privileges of citizenship and personhood for corporations, we won’t have this sort of foolishness any longer. But I am not holding my breath.

Frank Bergen

Retired clergy, Tucson

Do this if your ignition shuts down car engine

The advice in your article about what to do if your ignition shuts the engine off while driving will get people killed. Don’t try to steer your car or stop it with the engine dead. All one has to do is bump the shift lever into neutral and restart the engine. Most people would take longer to try to find the emergency flasher button and would then get into a wreck. My method would only take about one second because I have done it before.

I also wonder how they know the switch didn’t get shut off in the collision, all that weight hanging on some people’s keys would — through centrifical force — turn the ignition off.

I worked on GM cars for over 40 years.

Thomas Crawford

Retired GM tech, Tucson

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