Praying to be delivered from our governor
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. In the Star's Sept. 17 edition, there was an article ("Brewer cites God-given aid in governing") from an interview with Gov. Jan Brewer in which the governor refers to her religious beliefs and claims that God placed her in the position of governor to lead Arizona out of a abysmal financial situation. Further, she said that she sought guidance through prayer during her staff meetings.
Coincidentally, in this same edition of the Star was an article ("State drops domestic-partner benefits") reporting the governor's taking away domestic-partner benefits from state employees (I assume as a result of one of her prayers).
My prayer to God is that He deliver us from the evils of her administration.
Business owner, Tucson
'Trigger' puts a hole in incentives
One of the latest attempts to take the teeth out of the health-care reform act is to add a "trigger" to the public option. A "trigger" says that the powerful changes enacted to control the abuses heaped on customers by the insurance and drug corporations don't have to be acted on immediately. The "trigger" is a signal to seek delays, modifications, exemptions, et cetera to prevent the trigger from being activated.
Without a true public option that begins with the passage of the reform bill, the restrictions and requirements will simply invigorate the corporations' efforts to eventually nullify the changes.
President Obama has stated in the past that it is the public option that will oblige insurance and drug companies to behave in a truly competitive manner. The "trigger" takes away that incentive.
One step forward, two steps back
Re: the Sept. 17 article "State drops domestic-partner benefits."
It seems wrong that with one pass of the pen, many state employees' domestic-partner benefits are wiped out with little warning at all.
So why did they single out one group of people?
This is clearly discrimination. Who are they going to pick on next — single white males, African-Americans, Hispanics?
This blatant disregard for civil liberties is pushing us back to the dark ages. This would never have happened under former Gov. Janet Napolitano. It's a very sad day for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and domestic partners.
Domestic partners savaged by state
Re: the Sept. 17 article "State drops domestic-partner benefits."
Imagine waking up one morning and learning the governor eliminated health insurance for your spouse and children. Impossible? This happened to many Arizona families when Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation stripping health insurance from the domestic partners and children of state employees as a "cost-cutting measure."
Can those who passed this legislation sleep soundly knowing they have made some of these families with preexisting medical conditions, such as cancer, uninsurable?
Does their conscience nag them knowing that their families are covered in the event of a medical crisis, but other equally devoted, tax-paying families are now uninsured?
No one would advocate eliminating health insurance for state employees and their spouses and children, even though it would save $645 million, because the collective outrage would make such an action politically untenable.
Please express to your elected officials that this discrimination against a small minority of families is outrageous and will not be tolerated.
We need to work together for answers
What are we doing? Where is our focus? I ask myself these questions every day upon reading the Arizona Daily Star.
I prepare myself for the unthinkable situations that are happening and being allowed to happen in our great country: dangerous staph bacteria on our West Coast beaches; polluted waters in West Virginia — causing skin conditions and rotting teeth; thousands of fish killed in Iowa with polluted waters; rude and inappropriate outbursts from a political member to our president; the rising number of deaths and injured in Iraq and Afghanistan; unemployment and global warming. The list could go on and on.
Our tasks are huge; we can't help but recognize the urgency to employ the team and ideas to get the jobs done. Honest parties and experts should present truths, not arguments. We need results, not bandages.
Lenore T. Soper
Health-care worker, Tucson
Fearing the bully
Re: the Sept. 18 letter "Fear, hate carried over from childhood."
The letter writer struck a note with me. She points out that people against health-care reform may be tapping into Cold War sentiments. I think she is correct.
I remember my stepfather telling me back in the 1970s to be grateful that I am an American, an ocean away from the flaky western Europeans with their "cradle to grave socialism."
But those same Europeans were our partners during the Cold War. If the "socialist" western Europeans resembled the Reds so much, why didn't they partner up with the Soviet Union?
In truth, Europe loathed and feared the Soviets more than we did. They had suffered the most under Hitler's iron fist; they knew a bully when they saw one. Right or left, it made no difference: a bully is a bully.
Yet Europe does not feel bullied by a system that extends health care to all. So why do we?
Former Titan II and Minuteman II ICBM crew member, Tucson
Tucson's unique flavor marred by trash
I have recently taken out-of-town guests to the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the DeGrazia Museum, the Philabaum Gallery, Santa Theresa Tile Works, the Etherton Gallery, the Center for Creative Photography, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Mission San Xavier del Bac.
We had a wonderful time. Tucson is blessed with exceptionally talented artisans and a wealth of cultural resources. Tucson has a unique flavor, with so many historic buildings saved, the mountain vistas in all directions, an extraordinary number of "mom and pop" businesses indicating an entrepreneurial spirit and obvious assimilation of multiple cultures.
I am very proud to call Tucson home except for one thing that mars much of the goodness of the city — the trash everywhere. Tucson's streets and roadways are littered with refuse. Tucson can be a world-class city, but it must clean up. There is no reason to wait to pick up trash. Let's get busy.
Ventana Room didn't live up to hype
Re: the Sept. 14 article "Ventana Room offered artistic dining."
Count me among those who are not mourning the demise of the Ventana Room. I have dined in fine restaurants from coast to coast, and my one dinner there was one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had.
First, we were made to stand by the entry podium for seven or eight minutes before we were seated, despite a reservation, and a nearly empty dining room.
The service was laughably pompous and condescending. The presentation of everything from the bread and butter to the dessert was absurdly precious. And finally, the meal did not live up to the hype, or the prices.
how To Comment
The Arizona Daily Star welcomes original letters and guest opinions with ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community.
E-mail letters to: email@example.com (no text attachments please)
Write to: P.O. Box 26807, Tucson, AZ 85726-6807.
Please include: Author's full name, address, daytime phone, occupation and e-mail address. When writing about political issues, authors should fully disclose their relationship with an issue, campaign or candidate.
Facts must be annotated. Letters containing information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected.
Frequency: Any author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days.
Submissions: Letters should be on a single topic, no more than 150 words. Guest opinions can be up to 500 words. Guest opinions should include a line describing the author and a head-and-shoulders photograph.
Submissions may be edited for clarity or length. All submissions become property of the Arizona Daily Star.
Only original material bearing the writer's name and sent exclusively to the Arizona Daily Star will be considered for publication.