We pay for Medicare, Social Security

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

The writer criticizes tea-party supporters if they take Social Security and Medicare. He apparently equates these payments to welfare from the government. Perhaps he should look at his pay stubs and see how much is deducted from his pay for these programs.

We are all entitled to these so-called entitlements because we have contributed to them. Small-government advocates prefer less government control over retirement funds and prefer workers be allowed to have the deductions go into worker-directed private funds. But until that happens there is no hypocrisy in receiving payments you have contributed to.

Jean Barkley

Retired, Tucson

Don’t rely on motorists to stop at crosswalks

Re: the Oct. 27 article “Pedestrian deaths at record level across area.”

Thank you for your articles on pedestrian deaths. The most recent incident occurred on East Speedway at North Richey Boulevard in a marked crosswalk .

Pedestrians in a crosswalk have a false sense of security that cars will stop. I know from experience that most of the time they do not stop even though there is a sign telling motorists to do so.

Tucson’s only freeway goes from the northwest to the southeast. As a result, motorists use major arteries such as Speedway and Alvernon to get across town.

Even though the speed limit is 35 mph on Speedway and 40 mph on Alvernon, most motorists exceed those limits. I think these crosswalks in the middle of major arteries are very dangerous and should be removed. The only crosswalks on main arteries that are safe are the crosswalks with HAWK lights.

Sam Dean

Engineer, Tucson

Disband Congress

Oh, enough already. Let’s disband Congress, auction off the Capitol to the highest bidder and pass laws by popular vote over the Internet. The electronic infrastructure could be paid by monies saved on congressional salaries and any funds remaining could be donated to the National Zoo for the care and feeding of the baboons. All in favor?

Kathleen Vishner

Retired CPA, Green Valley

When Fitz gets serious, he is voice of reason

Re: the Oct. 26 column “Preserving our Arizona requires standing up for immigration reform.”

Beneath the comic inkwell of every great cartoonist flows a deeper current of eloquent conscience. In revealing his serious side on the subject of immigration reform, editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons articulates a voice of reason that is often lost on the literal-minded in the delightful absurdity of his drawings. Well said, Fitz.

Will Clipman

Artist, Tucson

Sometimes we’re respectful — or not

Re: the Oct. 4 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

That’s too weird. Sometimes we bend over backwards to accommodate the minority. We modify our policies and procedures, we make rules and have methodologies to ensure their voices are heard.

Other times we call them terrorists or jihadists, talk about them with bombs strapped to their chest. It’s OK to deride and belittle their point of view. I guess it just matters who you vote for.

Mike Gardner

Contracts manager, Oro Valley

Let’s hear from parents

on deferred-action kids

Re: the Oct. 7 article “Many hurdles remain for deferred-action kids.”

When will we read a story on how the parents of these children feel about the situation they have created? I don’t recall reading anything regarding the perspectives of the parents and whether they feel guilt, shame or responsibility. I am interested in hearing what they have to say, versus the usual articles about the deportation fears of their offspring.

Paul Lopez

Retired, Tucson

Will is out of touch

with the American voter

Re: the Oct. 6 column “On campaign cash, court can right an aggregate wrong.”

George Will says “Democratic politics is a promise-making, transactional business: Vote for me, support me and, if elected I will do some things for you in favor.” Really? That’s why people vote for candidates? Not because they support the candidate’s views or policies —  because they want to get something in return?

This statement just shows how utterly out of touch Will and his conservatives are with the American people and our democratic process. In our democracy we vote for people who can most closely represent our own views and policies — not as a quid pro quo.

Rob Modica

Pima College faculty, Tucson