A refreshing take

on global warming

Re: the Sept. 29 guest column “There’s no doubt: Earth is warming, and it’s our fault.”

It was refreshing to finally have someone step up and accept responsibility for a mistake. I would really like to thank Gregg Garfin and Donald Falk for being so honest and brave to admit their mistake.

However, the fact that they have admitted that the warming of the Earth is their fault cannot go unpunished. This is too great a crime to forgive. I believe that life imprisonment without the possibility of parole would be a fair sentence. What do you think?

By the way, I heard that Al Gore was so impressed with this column that he has put up his oceanfront property in the West Coast for sale at an incredible low price.

Eloy Blanco

Engineer, Vail

Both sides in Congress failing to do their job

Our Congress is not doing its job of producing a budget. Anyone not doing his or her job would be fired. Whether Democrat or Republican, this Congress is a disgrace to the United States of America.

Think about people who work near national parks, people who save money to visit our national wonders, our military, low-income people who work hard and still need assistance, our people with disabilities and our children! If a budget can’t be passed, the rule of our land should be to get rid of all of Congress.

Theresa Novak

Retired civil servant, Tucson

Government funding held hostage by GOP

Re: the Oct. 3 letter to the editor “Republicans, Obama are equally stubborn.”

A recent letter writer, an economist, says that there is nothing unusual about Congress voting to withhold funding for a program already enacted into law. But it’s not the Affordable Care Act that Republicans in the House are defunding. The Affordable Care Act contains its own mandatory appropriations, which can’t be changed unless the act itself is repealed. What Republicans have yanked the funding from is the rest of the government. This hostage-taking to undo a law they can’t actually repeal is hardly part of an orderly legislative process.

Elizabeth Bernstein

Retired, Bisbee

Lawmakers not worth the money they make

Re: the Oct. 2 article “No matter the crisis, lawmakers continue to get their paycheck.”

The recent article indicating that taxpayers are continuing to pay the 532 members of Congress (three House seats are vacant) $10,583.85 per hour, though accurate, is at best fuzzy math. This indicates that each member is making slightly less than $20 per hour, which would only be true if they each worked 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. In reality, they work less than 40 weeks per year and perhaps 40 hours per week. Using realistic work hours, they are each making approximately $110 per hour, which is costing taxpayers closer to $58,000 per hour. Frankly, I don’t think we are getting our money’s worth.

Ken Freed

Retired math teacher, Tucson

Tea-party cartoon causes heartburn

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

After reading the Fitz editorial cartoon depicting a tea-party representative as a suicide bomber, I decided I needed to take my heartburn medication before reading the morning paper.

Apparently when he has nothing clever or intellectual to apply to a subject, he resorts to comparing those with a contrary opinion to a group that wishes to kill us and destroy our way of life.

At best that’s not very clever, at worst, well ... let’s just call it not very clever.

Gary Stoeger

Retired, Tucson