‘Independent’ voting

is a misnomer

Re: the Aug 10 column “Independents don’t have to sit out the primaries”

It is true that we independents or no-party affiliations can vote in primaries, but we get the short end of the voting stick. We should get a ballot with the candidates from all political parties. I vote for the person, not the party, but under the current rules I must vote for candidates from only one party. I may choose to elect, say, a candidate for governor from one party and a secretary of state from another party. I can’t, so it really doesn’t let me be “independent.”

Louis Clapper Jr.

Retired, Nogales

Desalination plants

are the only answer

Re: the Aug. 13 article “Southwest braces for worst as Lake Mead hits low point.”

When will the state of California and the federal government decide that building desalination plants is the only way to alleviate any Western water shortages? While the cost may be high, it really is only the logical solution to the problem. 

John Hoelzel

Retired, Tucson

Federal lawmakers

not doing their job

It’s time for the American people to act on the dereliction of duty encompassed by our representatives and senators in Washington, D.C. These representatives weren’t elected to fight public opinion, run meaningless partisan goose chases, attack one another, attack the president of the United States at every turn, fail to create an atmosphere where we as a people can feel confident about our futures, spend our hard-earned money on anything other than helping us as a people to advance in every way possible toward the American dream. Jobs, health care, infrastructure, immigration, raising minimum wages, manufacturing, etc., are being treated as if meaningless.  If Congress wants to entertain the idea of a lawsuit of any kind, it had better think twice, because we the American people have better than a strong case against those very representatives, and I think we all have reached that point.

Rick Phanton

Exhibit fabricator, Tucson

I have a healthy heart,

thanks to doctor, nurse

In 1993 I had a heart attack, a week later quadruple bypass surgery and two months later another heart attack. At 58 years old I was physically, psychologically and emotionally unable to return to work. My continued efforts to turn my life around were finally rewarded in 1994 when I found Dr. Charles Katzenberg, who is now with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

It has a been a privilege and an honor to be his patient and part of the Heart Series program that Katzenberg and Edna Silva, R.N., created 21 years ago to reverse, halt and prevent coronary artery disease. The program was the first of its kind in Tucson.

Since then I have enjoyed a healthy heart. I am proud to call Katzenberg my hero and my friend.

Richy Feinberg

Retired, Tucson