Property and gun rights

must be earned

Re: the Oct. 28 column “Giffords’ voice not being heard.”

I’m not generally a fan of

However, this column brought up some interesting points. The Declaration of Independence declares our country was founded on the principle of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The right to life is the only fundamental right, from which all others are derived.

While I hate to agree with them, the Ayn Rand Society describes this in the Principles of a Free Society. They also state, “property right is not a right to an object.” That must be earned.

The NRA says the problem is some people have guns who shouldn’t. Attempts at background checks for gun registrations are not attempts to take guns away, but to ensure that those using them are stable, responsible people who have earned that right. We must do whatever possible to help save lives, especially children.

Sheldon Metz

Retired, Tucson

Don’t drink

health-care Kool-Aid

Re: the Nov. 1 column “Don’t believe sob stories about canceled insurance” and Nov. 3 article “For some, sticker shock may follow cancellation of insurance.”

Clearly writer Michael Hiltzik was misinformed when writing his Nov. 1 column. He hinges his case on junk policies costing $50 per month and people in their 30s and 40s. That theory was debunked by the Nov. 3 article about sticker shock when people whose insurance was canceled started shopping. The debunking mentions a couple who previously paid $770 per month, now looking at $1,250 per month while ending up with a $12,700 deductible versus their previous $2,500 deductible.

My group coverage was canceled because, the company said, they can’t compete with Obamacare. I was paying $600 per month and am now looking for affordable options.

President Obama clearly lied when he said that if you liked your insurance, you could keep it. And Hiltzik clearly drank the president’s Kool-Aid.

Esperanza Kohl

Housewife, Tucson

Unbalanced coverage

on ‘sticker shock’

Re: the Nov. 1 column “Don’t believe sob stories about canceled insurance” and Nov. 3 article “For some, sticker shock may follow cancellation of insurance.”

In the Associated Press article that focused on the “sticker shock” some people may experience when their health insurance is canceled due to Obamacare regulations, it was only explained in one paragraph toward the end that many of those policies were “plans that had gaping holes in the coverage.” This fact was explained in the Nov. 1 column by Michael Hiltzik.

He cited a study done by Consumer Reports that called them “junk health insurance.” Having some of those plans, CR concluded, was worse than having no insurance at all because they lulled people into thinking they were covered when they were hardly covered at all.

With newspapers suffering from revenue losses, I understand there often isn’t enough budget or staff to do much in-house investigative reporting anymore. But please, when running a wire service article, make sure it’s balanced and not just parroting the latest political hype.

Karen Schickedanz

Retired journalist and PR director, Tucson

Want the facts?

Don’t ask ‘experts’

Have you ever noticed in life the best information sometimes comes from the person who actually does the work and not the “experts?” I have gathered my best information from people who string wire (electricians), lay pipe (plumbers), hammer nails (carpenters), install the air conditioner, etc.

All these people have “experts” who work above them and tell them how to do their jobs. Why, as a society, do we feel that these people are not capable of learning their crafts and value them?

President Obama tried to respond to the criticism of the implementation of the affordable care act by stating, “Some people have poked fun at me this week for sounding like an insurance salesman.” Mr. President, you are no insurance salesman. If you want to know how to sell insurance to the American public, maybe you should forget the experts and ask an insurance salesman?

Michael Leed

Insurance salesman, Tucson