You can support Obama but disagree

Although I am among the many who do not favor taking military action in Syria, I can disagree with President Obama and still be a supporter, without hating him and criticizing his every decision.

Why? Because he has acted with the careful leadership that a strong president must when faced with a critical situation. He did not immediately involve the U.S. in another potential war. He has continually attempted to seek diplomatic solutions. He has sought to include Congress in the decision-making process. He has addressed the American people to present the case against.

His threat of military action has brought about a proposal to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. With the U.N. and our allies involved and with the potential for a successful non-military option, he has agreed to step back for a while to test the sincerity of this proposal.

So we are not at war; we have lost no lives; there is a possible peaceful breakthrough on the horizon. What more can we ask of our president?

Robert Swaim

Retired, Tucson

GOP, tea party to blame for Medicaid vote failure

Re: the Sept. 12 article “Foes fail to derail expanded Medicaid.”

The inability of the United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives to collect the required signatures to put Medicaid Expansion on the 2014 ballot is not a failure on their part. It is a complete failure by the Republican Party and the tea party. Over 90 percent of Republican precinct committeemen signed resolutions condemning this repugnant action. The tea party was founded to stop Obamacare.

The signatures were out there, we just had to go get them. If half of the tea party members and every precinct committeeman who voted for the resolutions had spent an hour a week collecting, the number would have been met.

We didn’t need money, we didn’t need advertising, we just needed people to walk the walk. Unfortunately, it appears we have a lot of people who just talk the talk.

David Cashion


Does VA cut off use

of medical marijuana?

I have a family member who is a veteran and currently takes opioids prescribed by a Veterans Affairs doctor. She would prefer to use medical marijuana to manage pain, but was told by the VA doctors that testing positive for marijuana would disqualify her for VA medical benefits.

I doubt it would be better medicine to have a patient addicted to opioids than to be using medical marijuana. How does the VA justify denying this beneficial medicine to the veterans?

Carol Hughes