Letters to the editor

2013-11-15T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
November 15, 2013 12:00 am

Why are solar advocates complaining now?

I don’t understand the issue between APS and rooftop solar owners. Every time I talk to a rooftop solar owner, they tell me they made the purchase for pure altruistic reasons, i.e., they want to breathe clean air or better yet they want to save the planet (all while using up rare earth metals and sending tons of sludge into the Yangtze River).

I fail to see why paying a fee to tap into the grid would affect this holier-than-thou idealism. Enlighten me, please. I am listening.

Patricia Cowan

Retired, Tucson

Insurance companies should share blame

Re: the Nov. 14 letter to the editor “Fast-forward to impeachment.”

The president didn’t lie when he said people could keep the plans they had. The key word here is “had,” meaning the plans they had at the time the Affordable Care Act was passed in March 2010.

He should have foreseen that by the time the ACA coverage standards were to take effect in 2014, many of those plans would no longer be in existence.

The insurance companies must take much of the blame because they sold most of those policies after the ACA was passed — knowing when they sold them that they wouldn’t be grandfathered in and would have to be canceled as of Jan. 1.

Even policies already in effect as of March 2010 were, in many cases, substantially changed, causing them to lose their grandfathered status. And — again — that was a choice the insurance companies made knowing that meant the policies would have to be canceled.

Roger Voelker

Retired, Tucson

Most pertussis victims in Vail were vaccinated

Re: the Nov. 13 article “Whooping cough spiking.”

This article reports that 3 out of 18 children testing positive for whooping cough in the Vail school district were unvaccinated. This fact appears to have persuaded Pima County health officials to ban from school unvaccinated children for two weeks or longer or until they get vaccinated.

Does this make sense to anyone out there? Is it even legal? Is it discriminatory?

The debate over vaccinations is whether this purported preventive procedure is in fact effective and/or necessary. Assuming the other 15 students were vaccinated, the above statistic supports the growing public concern over these measures.

I would like to believe our county health officials base their decisions on better data but am increasingly experiencing nagging suspicions that they do not.

Geoffrey Q. Fox

Retired neuroscientist, Tucson

Americans spend more, get less for health care

I looked into who is spending so much money running TV attack ads against Reps. Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick for supporting the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Post and other sources report that Americans for Prosperity is headed by Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries.

Americans spend twice as much money per capita for health care than citizens of France and some other European countries, who are reported to be statistically healthier.

Where does all the extra money go?

Well, former health insurance executive Richard Scrushy, founder of Health South, had four mansions, 10 boats, his own Sikorsky helicopter and a $50 million Gulfstream G5 jet. Corporations like his don’t want to have to face real marketplace competition under the Affordable Care Act, and they are fighting hard to avoid it.

Brooks Keenan

Engineer, Oro Valley

Maybe speed limits stump the innumerate

Re: the Nov. 5 letter to the editor “Install digital speed limit signs for I-10” and guest column “Even with core standards, math will still elude some.”

There’s a connection here. Math-deficient people may just not understand speed limit signs. A TV interview the other night had these samples: “At a speed of 60 miles per hour, how far could you drive in half an hour?” and “At 80 miles per hour how far could you go in one hour?”

The adults being questioned had no clue! Should simple driving math education and testing be considered by the Department of Transportation if not by the schools?

Posting a lowered speed limit (if not understood by many) will do no good! Just tell them something they might understand, such as “Emergency — Slow / Stopped Traffic Ahead.”

Edward Wolfensberger

Retired systems engineer, Tucson

Cherished memories

of UA bonfire tradition

Re: the Nov. 8 article “Homecoming bonfire will be a non-fire tonight.”

My earliest memory of a University of Arizona bonfire was of sitting on the front porch on my granddad’s lap, watching the flames on Sentinel Peak and him telling me about the tradition. That was sometime in the mid-’40s, when Tucson was a small dusty town where folks knew one another and downtown was a busy place.

In those years the tradition was to burn the “A” to alert the community that the university was back in session. The next day the incoming freshman would repaint it. I had that honor as a freshman in 1956 and came away with happy memories and covered in white paint. More importantly, I had the sense of being part of it all. I still bleed red and blue all these years later! Bear down, Arizona!

Jo “Lemons” Christensen

Retired, Tucson

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