penalize the ill
In all the pro and con letters to the editor on sick-time buyback for police and fire personnel, one point is missing: rewarding good health with extra benefits means punishing the person who gets sick.
Not only is this unlucky fire or police person stricken by illness, but also ends up with a smaller paycheck. While I believe that certain dangerous jobs qualify for better pay, I think the practice of sick-day buybacks is highly detrimental to the morale of those who are afflicted.
Arizona Opera does
We would be remiss if we did not communicate our admiration for Arizona Opera and its contribution to this community.
The production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” was one of the finest in our memory. The singers, exemplary in their vocalism, provided us great joy. The performance further demonstrated the greatness of this art form as dramma per la musica — drama through the music.
The stage director, Chuck Hudson, contributed his considerable experience with the Parisian master of comedy Marcel Marceau to round out the splendid and in-depth interpretations of the artists.
Donizetti would have been proud. For those Tucsonans who missed this fine opera event, it will be repeated April 25-27 in Phoenix.
Retired, Oro Valley
‘Stand your ground’
means fear wins
Re: the April 13 column “In Arizona, you can kill the person who’s scaring you.”
I concur with columnist Tim Steller’s recent assessment that Arizona’s “stand your ground law” represents the triumph of unjustifiable fears over credible facts.
The complete acquittal by a jury of a driver who fired shots directly into a car on account of an unfounded fear of physical retaliation after the shooter had just “cut off” the now-deceased victim represents a miscarriage of justice sanctioned and approved by a majority of this state’s misguided lawmakers.
This law essentially makes it the prosecutor’s heavy burden to disprove whatever fanciful apprehension a shooter can conjure up, after the fact, for wounding or killing another human being.
Instead of just permitting the innocent to protect themselves from harm, the overly broad language of this law and similar ones in other states goes far beyond a noble objective and shields from justice a growing number of wanton and reckless killings.
Please be careful out there — any idle word or gesture could prove fatal.
Retired federal prosecutor, Tucson
Concern over feral kittens overblown
Re: the April 10 article “Most feral kittens killed by shelters, experts say”
It is unbelievable that as a society we are concerned about killing feral kittens but not concerned about killing baby humans.
The article said millions of feral kittens will be euthanized this year. Over 1 million baby humans will also be killed this year. The article said, “About 72 percent of all cats are killed in shelters.”
That compares to 100 percent of all baby humans who are killed at abortion clinics. Our culture is appalled at killing kittens but accepts as normal the killing of unborn children, right up to the time of delivery.