Urge your lawmakers to support Lopez bill

The Tucson City Council has adopted (by a 7-0 vote) a background-check requirement on person-to-person gun sales that take place on city-owned or city-managed property.

Attending the council meeting as a member of a local group asking for more common-sense gun laws, I offer kudos to our council members, specifically Councilman Steve Kozachik and Councilwoman Karen Uhlich, for their courage and conviction.

Hopefully this is just the start of common-sense gun legislation in our city. Now we need to urge our state legislators to address, and more importantly pass, the bill proposed by Sen. Linda Lopez demanding background checks for all gun buyers, bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines and the repeal of Senate Bill 1241, which requires law enforcement to sell seized weapons to licensed gun dealers.

Call your local and state officials and let them hear your voice.

Norma Guest

Retired educator, Tucson

Star should have fixed poor AP wording

Re: the Feb. 23 article "McCain: Obama, senators to meet on immigration."

The Star needs to be more careful about its choice of words. An Arizona paper's editors should have caught this reference to "low-skilled laborers" in describing Mexicans who look, legally or not, for work in our country. The Associated Press writer may have used McCain's language, but the Star should know better.

In my 30 years living in Mexico's interior, I found Mexicans knew more about how to fix and build things than their button-pushing cousins to the north. Cost made them do things themselves, from mechanics to planting.

The article should have called the work low-skilled, not the laborers, who typically are capable of much more.

A man in need takes what he can get, but that does not make him low-skilled.

Martin Lahiff

Retired, Patagonia

Sequester should hit spending beneficiaries

The sequester, if it hits, will surely impact the bottom line of a lot of people and businesses. Do you suppose (hopefully) those will be the same entities that benefited greatly from the criminally excessive spending by both parties?

Does what comes around go around?

Ken Rehusch

Retired military, Tucson

Kathleen Parker's RINO column first-rate

Re: the Feb. 20 column "Calling all RINOs: It's time for a rebellion."

Kathleen Parker's recent editorial about RINOs was so excellent. Her take on those small numbers of independent, thinking Republicans who do not follow the party line and do not walk in the typical footsteps of the GOP gives hope to those of us who find so many of that party to be illogical, irresponsible and unable or unwilling to think for themselves, strictly following the party line in lockstep.

Their positions on abortion, global warming, guns, immigration, protecting the rich from equal taxation, etc., are pretty much off the wall and make one wonder how any thinking individual can continually vote them into office - and this columnist says pretty much the same thing.

Parker's columns are almost always well-written and thoughtful, and though I am usually of the opposite persuasion, I find her the best of the Republican columnists by far published in your paper.

She is an excellent analyst and presents her party well, often under the difficult circumstances of that party's extremism.

Anne Perrin

Corona de Tucson

Will gets his economics wrong on spending

Re: the Feb. 24 column "The sequester is a manufactured crisis."

George Will advocates reducing current federal spending, citing the post-World War II economic boom after a spending reduction of 40 percent. There is no causal relationship between the two events.

During the Great Depression, unemployment, as high as 24 percent, was reduced largely by government stimulation to about 15 percent at the outset of WWII. Recall the economic environment during the war: rationed clothing, food and gas. By 1944, unemployment plummeted to 1.2 percent.

Once WWII ended, pent-up demand for consumables drove the need for increased supply, thereby boosting the economy with resultant spectacular growth. With a low unemployment rate and a healthy economy, government spending could safely be reduced.

Will's suggestion that decreased government spending caused growth is sheer fantasy.

Not only did government stimulation help win the war, it accounted for post-war prosperity and established the success of stimulation when an economy is ailing, as it is now.

Stuart A. Ulanoff


City Council proves it's unfriendly to business

Re: the Feb. 27 article "City Council rejects Sam's Club at I-19, seeks new land buyer."

It is important that we do not listen to their rhetoric but instead watch their actions.

The Tucson City Council voted 6-0 to keep Sam's Club from building a store at I-19 and Irvington Road. The mayor and council claim they are business-friendly while voting against a project that would bring hundreds of jobs.

I still consider Tucson business-UNfriendly.

Ken Rineer