This HB 2305 seeks balanced federal budget

Re: the Feb. 2. editorial “Crazy new bills in Arizona make us laugh and cry.”

The editorial addressed the possible repeal of House Bill 2305, which was passed in June 2013. Our Arizona Legislature uses the same set of bill numbers in each session and there is a totally different HB 2305 currently under review.

This year’s HB 2305 is aimed at achieving a balanced federal budget to stop the enormous accumulation of debt our federal government is planning to load on our children and grandchildren — it is already $17 trillion.

The Congressional Budget Office has forecast that the interest on this debt in 10 years will exceed $800 billion per year.

I write to remove any confusion about this year’s HB 2305. Its passage is very important to us all, and the Arizona Legislature is to be congratulated for its leadership in moving this bill forward.

Bill Leggett

Retired, Tucson

Doctor visit brings unwelcome surprise

Imagine one’s surprise as you check in for your regular medical appointment and you are told your medical insurance has now officially been dropped with this medical group/physician.

With reasonable prior notice (none was given), one could have at least had time to change Medicare insurances before the December deadline and still continued seeing one’s preferred doctor.

Sadly, in our economic hard times some physicians have opted for large corporations to oversee a practice, to help keep it in order and continue to thrive, but what about the patient?

Betty Titus

Retired, Tucson

Trade plan warrants careful consideration

Re: the Jan. 10 guest column “Let’s grab the doughnut when it comes to economic growth.”

Guest columnist Terry Bracy said the Trans-Pacific Partnership is an important and excellent plan for economic growth and any opposition will come only from political extremes. The TPP is important, but how much do we know about these trade rules?

TPP negotiations were done in secret with a few aspects leaked: offshoring more U.S. jobs, curtailing Internet freedom, withdrawing lifesaving medicines to developing counties and allowing unsafe products into the U.S. What remains unknown?

A TPP fast-track bill has been introduced in Congress. Fast-tracking means no amendments, limited debate and no meaningful hearings. More information and review is needed on the TPP, not less time. “We the People” need the regular legislative process for trade deals like the TPP.

All the aspects of TPP rules and their future implications to the U.S. economy and our lives need to be scrutinized. We must contact our voices in Congress to vote “no” on fast-tracking the TPP.

Betty Fridena

Library worker, Tucson

Who is behind group that relocated bighorns?

It is important to know the affiliations of the members of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s citizens advisory committee who approved the bighorn-sheep relocation.

If these individuals are in any way affiliated with hunting groups, then it is clear this program was intended for the eventual benefit of hunters and this department is essentially “captured” by special interest.

Game and Fish stated the $600,000 cost for the relocation came from hunting revenues and not taxpayer funds. This seems disingenuous accounting since these funds were inevitably diverted from other department necessities, leaving other programs shorted and putting more demand on taxpayer funding.

I am confused as to why, when aggressive in neighborhoods, a hardy species like the javelina is shot and killed instead of relocated. Yet the bighorns, with very specific and fragile survival requirements, can be moved. The decisions on what lives and dies (which now includes mountain lions) appears reckless and without respect for wildlife.

Candace Charvoz Frank


Bighorn-sheep debacle gets personal

Ordinarily, I don’t pick sides when the balance of nature is involved, but the other day my dog was kicked out of her favorite trail out at Catalina State Park.

She was technically outside the park, but the trail in question is within spitting distance of the boundary and no one seemed concerned about it for the last 20 years until now.

She suspects, and we agree, that it has something to do with the debacle now taking place involving sheep and mountain lions. Since this playing with nature lunacy has become personal to us, we have decided to cheer for the mountain lions. Go cougars.

Gary Stoeger

Retired, Tucson