Readers share their opinions on a variety of topics from the president to guns and things in between.
Fair is fair over contraception
I assume that companies that have a moral objection to providing birth control to women will also refuse to cover vasectomies or male enhancement drugs or procedures for men.
Discrimination over conservative comments
Re: the Oct. 8 article “Cup It Up owners issue an apology over politically charged message.”
While I agree that businesses should not get political for obvious financial reasons, the only reason these folks are “forced” to apologize for their statements is due to the fact that they are not of the left-wing variety and hence need to be silenced. Your paper has no idea how many subscribers you have that do not hold your political opinion.
Protest can work both ways
I am age 87. I was in the Army during Korea, my brother was in the Army, I had 10 uncles in various branches of the military and more cousins than I can count. My father tried to enlist in the Army the day after Pearl Harbor but was turned down as blind in one eye.
The 49ers can kneel during our national anthem (their right). Vice President Pence and I can object and make some gesture in turn. This is our right also. It would appear the 49er players might be using this to deflect their 0-5 record. I suggest they are not worthy to appear on any field where Pat Tillman played.
Trump doesn’t know respect
Re: the Oct. 7 article “Tucson restaurant drops NFL broadcasts in politically charged post on Facebook.”
Sorry, folks. Cup It Up gets a bad review on taking NFL games off the menu! It is not “politically correct” to kneel during the singing of the national anthem. It is “politically correct” to stand and honor the flag even though our president has denigrated our flag and our soldiers by not serving in the military (oops, I had bone spurs, folks) and by dishonoring a war hero, Sen. John McCain.
My Vietnam comrades will never forget Trump’s statement that we in America respect people who were not captured. He probably does not appreciate soldiers who were killed, either. I imagine he might think that Americans like people who dodged all the bullets. This is part of the reasons we kneel, Cup it Up.
Memorializing mass killers
Re: the Oct. 6 article “Vegas shooter may have considered other events.”
We know that mass killers are often lonely, angry people who feel powerless and are looking for recognition and a way to make a “statement.” They want everyone to know they exist and to remember them long after they’re gone. Unfortunately, the media reinforces and memorializes this behavior by plastering their name and picture all over the TV and newspaper. The article on page A11 listed the shooters name nine times when he could have easily been referred to as “he” or “the shooter.” Don’t think that lonely, angry people looking for a way to find power and recognition don’t take note of that.
No good argument for silencers
The USA needs to change our gun culture. Gun ownership is protected by the Constitution, but the right to use or discharge guns is not. Nor should the Second Amendment be interpreted as license for possession of any kind of “gun” imaginable.
Changing that culture will not be achieved simply by changing any specific law, and certainly not by suggesting expansive mental health evaluations and treatments. The culture needs to change to continue to embrace acceptance of the Second Amendment, but to recognize that guns are dangerous weapons, and they should be treated as such. A key example of a first step is currently before the U.S. Congress regarding the legalization of silencers. We don’t need them, and the Constitution does not protect them. Criminals and terrorists would be delighted to have free access to them. There is no good argument for silencers except for the money to be made by the gun industry and furtherance of a culture of gun violence. Our elected representatives should vote no.
UHS move wouldn’t benefit everyone
As a student who goes to Catalina High School, here’s my response to the completely ignorant claim that the move would benefit everyone: TUSD hasn’t been the smartest at decisions, but what is really screwed up is them making many students who only go to Catalina because it’s close to where they live or convenient or whatever the case, move into another school. UHS needs its own campus, it doesn’t need to take over someone else’s.
Maybe if TUSD would use one of the several empty campuses around town (that they shut down years ago. What about those vacant buildings? No, because why not pick on a school that needs help and making the situation worse? Catalina isn’t the loveliest of places, no, but what would be worse is this plan screwing up everyone who goes there.
Proposed tax plan benefits the rich
Tax cuts – I love ’em! But when a tax plan proposes to cut taxes for the wealthy 10, 20, 100 times more than my own, I get a sick feeling that tax plan is a rip-off. The proposal from the president now before the Congress is based on unrealistic growth projections, cuts the deduction for state and local taxes, and gives a huge break to just a few super rich people with the repeal of the estate tax. This is just deficit spending.
You know what we’ll hear next if this tax plan passes? Cuts in services that I and millions of Americans depend upon like Social Security and health care. This is a bad plan: its cuts are disproportionally benefiting only the rich and will diminish my life and millions of others. Keep your tax cut and come up with a plan where those who can most afford it pay their fair share.