Wrong questions being asked about marriage

There has been a lot of coverage of the issue of same-sex marriage recently. I find that most of the coverage and editorial comment seems to be asking the wrong questions.

In my mind, the question is not whether same-sex partners should be entitled to the same marriage rights as opposite-sex partners. The real question is: What is government's role in sanctioning marriage? What are the benefits to society as a whole? Why should married people get special benefits? Can marriage be treated as any other contract?

I would find thoughtful news coverage of the purpose of government involvement in the institution much more interesting than the rhetoric generally offered with regard to same-sex marriage.

If we can understand what (if any) legitimate role government has in marriage, then I believe the issue of same-sex marriage would become much less important, perhaps even irrelevant.

John Wallace

Engineer, Tucson

Let's make Tucson 'City of Kindness'

Re: the April 13 article "Kindness project changes lives, expands reach one act at a time."

Congratulations to Ben's Bells and Jeannette Maré for 10 years of outstanding dedication in Tucson.

Ben's Bells … a simple concept, an easy request, a profound impact on our community.

Thank you.

Now let's all try to make Tucson known as the "City of Kindness," instead of the other negative attributes.

Be kind.

Carol Ann Hayden

Receptionist, Tucson

Horne is only doing job we elected him to do

Re: the April 13 letter to the editor "Horne is homophobic, anti-civil rights."

It never ceases to amaze me when I read letters to the editor from an uninformed public. Such is the case from this letter. The writer is blasting the Arizona attorney general, Tom Horne, for doing the job we elected him to do.

The writer seems to forget that the voters of Arizona overwhelmingly passed a resolution that banned same-sex marriage and unions back in 2008. The assertion that "these benefits would only be within the city limits and would have no impact on the rest of the state" is moot and just another of the liberal left's childish antics to circumvent our legal system.

Horne, rightly, told the city of Bisbee that if they continued with their ordinance, he would bring a lawsuit.

If you have trouble with the voter-enacted legislation that bans same-sex marriage, then by all means peruse that through your elected representatives. But until the law is repealed, do not slam those who enforce the law because it doesn't suit your taste.

Jeff Steinkamp

Retired, U.S. Air Force, Tucson

Some winter visitors come here to play golf

Re: the April 2 guest column by Mark Schneider "Five municipal golf courses are worth saving; Tucsonans can help."

Schneider made some very good points.

There is, however, more that the city planners should also consider. My husband and I choose to spend our winters in Tucson because of the weather, and also the diversity and affordability of the municipal golf courses.

We do not come in for a specific event, i.e., rodeo, gem show or sports events. We are here, as are many others, for three to six months to play golf.

We do also buy tickets for symphony and other events. We spend money on housing, food, transportation and entertainment. We also do volunteer work while we are here.

If the city closes one or more golf courses and it becomes more difficult to access tee times and the courses become more crowded, we will reconsider our choice of where to spend our winters - and our money.

Ginny Vogel