Who decides

when border is secure?

Re: the Jan. 31 article “House leaders lay out principles for immigration reform.”

The House GOP has long made it clear that any immigration reform from that chamber would be a step-by-step approach rather than a single, comprehensive bill as passed by the Senate last June.

It was predictable that the first step would be border security. It was equally certain that the GOP plan would require border security before any provisions dealing with issues such as the legal status of currently undocumented residents and any pathway to citizenship would be put in place.

The big question then becomes who determines when the borders have been secured? Congress? The president? Somebody else? The power to make that decision, a power loaded with the customary pro-immigration and anti-immigration politics, thus becomes the key to proceeding with the substantive reforms so badly needed.

Paul R. Dommel

Retired professor, Tucson

Newspaper is

for news, not history

Must every edition of the Star contain a letter from an Obama critic who wants the paper to ignore recent news to further discuss Benghazi, Fast and Furious or the Internal Revenue Service?

Someone should tell these folks that the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report on Benghazi on Jan. 15. Pentagon officials testified that the president had no military options that could have saved the consular staff. Plus, fallen ambassador Chris Stevens turned down increased security from the Pentagon weeks earlier, wishing to show faith in his Libyan hosts.

Fast and Furious underwent numerous congressional investigations, culminating in the Issa-Grassley report issued on Oct. 29, 2012. IRS targeting of political groups (progressive as well as conservative) was fully investigated by a dozen congressional committees last spring and summer and the FBI concluded that no laws were broken.

I appreciate reading current news in my newspaper, and advise these Obama critics to try the History Channel.

John Vornholt

Writer, Tucson

Huckabee affirmed women’s capability

Re: the Jan. 28 letter to the editor “Health care should be gender equitable.”

The letter writer, like the liberal media, read the exact opposite into Gov. Mike Huckabee’s comments regarding contraceptive coverage. Taken in context his comment was an affirmation of the capability of women versus the Democrats’ apparent belief that women need a subsidy to pay for their contraceptives.

Democrats have reduced women to being all about that one issue. We heard a lot of that in the last campaign. Remember Sandra Fluke, who rocketed to stardom? The Georgetown University law student said she was burdened with financial and emotional hardship because Georgetown did not pay for her contraceptives.

The word “libido” got a lot of attention, not the context of Gov. Huckabee’s message. The fact that women have libido is not a judgment but a fact, as is their right to birth control should they wish to use and pay for it.

As is my right to oppose against any legislation in favor of this government overreach misnamed the Affordable Health Care Act.

Kathy Bodkin

Retired, Tucson