Does Texas have right

to overrule God?

Re: the Jan. 12 column “Government robbing families of rights, moral choices.”

I have a question for all righteous religious believers. If God is almighty, he who knows everything and who is the only one to end the human life, then surely God knew Marlise Munoz was pregnant at the time he called her home.

But God, in his divine wisdom, decided she should die, and so she died of a blood clot. Had her husband been present at that moment, perhaps she could have been revived with life support. But God made sure her husband would find her only one hour later, too late for a brain — it dies in minutes without an oxygen supply.

As a non-believer, I am asking: If God the Almighty wanted her death, then who gives the Texas “God-believing government” the right to overrule him?

Lotte Decker

Retired, Tucson

Let lawmakers pay

to defend extremist laws

Re: the Jan. 15 article “Lawmakers want $100K for SB 1070 subpoenas.”

The revelation that Republican lawmakers in Phoenix want taxpayers to pay for legal counsel to deal with subpoenas relating to SB 1070 raises a larger question.

Arizona has raised the bar for taxpayer-funded legal expenses to defend extremist legislation. The most recent case is the Supreme Court rebuff of Arizona’s radical abortion law. Meanwhile, lawyers defending this kind of legislation continue to submit their bills.

Why don’t citizens start organizing a ballot initiative effort that would require legislators to privately fund the legal defense of extremist legislation (from either party)? Maybe this would provide a disincentive to pass some of the crazier laws coming out of Phoenix.

John Heyl

Higher education consultant, Tucson