Letters to the editor

2013-12-30T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
December 30, 2013 12:00 am

Letters to the editor

Best option for safety: Get bikes off the street

It’s time to recognize that using bike lanes in busy traffic is inherently dangerous. A better solution is to get bikes out of the street, away from unsafe or drunk drivers.

More dedicated bike paths can be built by widening existing sidewalks or putting bike paths down median strips. In the meantime I favor painting a line down the middle of sidewalks with low pedestrian use, such as Speedway, and letting bicyclists use one side.

Richard Boren

Independent contractor, Tucson

Obamacare is working

for this family

My husband, my mother and I are Medicare recipients and are pleased that the costs of prescription drugs for seniors on Medicare have decreased since the Affordable Care Act was enacted. We look forward to the reduction of the “doughnut hole” to further lower our out-of-pocket prescription expenses.

My sister, a college graduate who has worked full-time her entire adult life, was laid off a year ago and has not found a replacement full-time job. Her insurance was tied to her employment so she now depends on Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) for health-care aid through Arizona’s Medicaid program, which has accepted additional funding through the ACA.

Another relative, who is living with a chronic disease, has applied for insurance through his state’s insurance exchange and will now have affordable premiums. Obamacare is working for my family.

Penny North

Retired, Tucson

Stand up to abuse

of power by Obama

The Constitution is the font of all federal power. Its carefully crafted structural provisions that we learned about in grade school, such as the separation of powers and checks and balances, are not merely an application of political theory.

Congress and all Americans need to take their founding document seriously. Federalism is more than an exercise in setting the boundary between different institutions of government for their own integrity, by denying any one government complete jurisdiction over all the concerns of public life.

Federalism protects the liberty of the individual from arbitrary power. If the federal government acts outside the scope of its delegated and carefully enumerated powers, then it’s no better than an armed mob.

The Obama administration perpetrated more than their share of such mob-like actions by imposing economic mandates on coal-fired power plants and by changing the health-care law without congressional action.

Please contact your representatives and stand up to this abuse of power.

Gary Gamaldi

Broker, Tucson

Stop fighting ACA, which will benefit many

When the term “socialized medicine” is used in this country it is often equated with the negative connotation of socialism and by extension communism.

Some extremists think socialized medicine through Medicare was a first step toward the destruction our democratic political system.

Right-wingers claim the Affordable Care Act will lead to the end of our democracy and capitalist system.

Young Americans do not give much thought to how their health care will be provided for in their senior years. By young, I’m thinking of those well into their 30s and 40s. It’s as though they will never get old.

Is Medicare a form of socialism? Perhaps, but those on Medicare are happy to have it.

Obama’s ACA has in some ways extended this Medicare system to our young citizens.

Those who oppose the act should refrain from fighting that which will ultimately bring the best possible health care to the greatest number of American citizens.

Hal Bardach

Painter, Tucson

Scrooge had some ideas about poverty, hunger

The GOP plans to eradicate poverty, hunger and sickness by applying some basic psychology. Punishment comes in two forms: the application of something bad or the removal of something good. Punishment is meant to decrease some behavior. Therefore, punishment should reduce the likelihood of one behaving in ways that get you poor, hungry or sick.

But not even the most right-wing, hardest of hearts in the GOP advocates applying bad things to the poor. Instead, the GOP advocates removing unemployment benefits, removing food stamps and removing health care. This is not a war on the poor — just basic psychology, see?

Lest you think this bit of sarcasm sounds good, ask why making people poorer or hungrier or sicker will reduce poverty, hunger or illness. Scrooge had some ideas about that.

William Maki

Retired professor, Green Valley

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