Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

HOA neighbors have rights, too

Re: the March 15 article "Radio 'hams' get dialed in against homeowner rules."

Randy Malick bought a house with an HOA knowing the restrictions, and now he wants to change the rules. He cites the rights of ham radio operators, but he ignores the rights of homeowners who bought within an HOA precisely because of the protections the rules offer.

Malick cites public-safety issues, stating that after 9/11 a "network of ham radio operators is needed to get messages back and forth across the country." This may have applied during the world wars, but the advent of the Internet makes ham radios unnecessary for that purpose.

HB 2514 has already passed successfully out of committee. Homeowners who are concerned about personal safety, aesthetics and property values should contact their legislators to oppose HB 2514. Otherwise, you may wake up some morning to find a 40-foot radio antenna in your neighbor's yard.

Reese Millen

Retired, Oro Valley

Enke's record, memory live on

Re: the March 15 Sunday notebook "Preparation may work against UA" by Greg Hansen.

It is so very nice to see my grandfather's name, Fred A. Enke, and records mentioned in the present day. I am so privileged to be a part of his heritage. There are many young spectators who do not know of him, but with articles like Greg Hansen's "My two cents," his legend lives on. Now as my father is aging, 84, it becomes very special.

Denise Enke Latimer


Reader poll results a no-brainer

Re: the March 16 editorial "Readers favor tax increase to balance budget."

I was happy to see the Star poll results that showed how many people feel about new taxes in Arizona as a part of the solution to our economic woes. Yes it was unscientific, but this is a no-brainer. The state should take a long hard look at a multifaceted solution rather than cut, cut, cut. Gov. Jan Brewer has it right; put the tax question to the voters.

Steve Arechiga

Oro Valley

Festival of Books was a win for Tucson

We want to thank Bill Viner, the University of Arizona, all the vendors and pleasant staff who officiated this past weekend's Festival of Books. Coming from Seattle and knowing what that city did with Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend, we are encouraged and delighted with this most wonderful event. May this be the start of many more festivals of books. This was a huge win for the planners and the city.

Richard and Ann Bates

Retired educators, Tucson

More than a festival of books

I took my 11- and 15-year-old daughters, along with some of their friends, to the Tucson Festival of Books. What a success. I would like to offer my thanks to every sponsor and person involved in this fine festival.

After collecting their free books, perusing the exhibits and eating, the younger kids were ready to head home, but the older ones stayed to hear several authors speak.

One author's presentation was held in the Chemistry Building. When my 15-year-old returned home, she was bubbling over about how neat the building was, with its nice desks (no gum stuck on the underside) and huge periodic tables. She said, "Someday, I'll have a class in that room."

All in all, it was a terrific day. Thank you again for the inspiration you all brought to Tucson, especially to our children.

Sue Bernas

Speech-language pathologist, Tucson

Politicians could have reined in AIG

If you, I or anyone bought 80 percent of a company, don't you think one of the first things we would do is find out what our management was being paid?

The Treasury Department screwed up and didn't do its due diligence when making a colossal investment of taxpayer money and this uproar about AIG bonuses is simply a lot of politicians who realized a major mistake trying to cover their rears and transfer blame where it doesn't belong.

Corporate employees are allowed to try and get the best deal possible for themselves. It is the responsibility of their managers and finally the owners (shareholders) of a company to make sure that those compensation plans fit into what's best for the company.

AIG is an example of the flagrant disregard for basic ownership responsibilities by our politicians and bureaucrats in Washington.

These are the types of problems that will continue to arise as long as we sanction this level of government intervention in our economy.

Taylor Davidson

Licensed broker, Tucson

Are AIG execs sleeping at night?

Unbelievable is the only word I can think of to describe the unjust and harm being done to the American taxpayer by AIG giving its executives these bonuses.

How could these "best and brightest talent" have allowed the company to get into this mess to begin with? How can these executives sleep at night taking this money? They will surely answer for it some day.

Merwyn D. Weeks

Retired, Tucson

Feds grew too big for their own good

The bonuses to AIG executives clearly point out the shortcomings of the capitalistic system. While it is still the best economic system the world has ever created, it is clear stockholders must have more of a voice on compensation issues. It is not the role of the federal government to do that.

What is most amazing is that Congress for some unknown reason believes it can better run a public company than its management team.

I think Congress and the American people would be best served if Congress stays out of private business other than increasing the power of stockholders. It should keep the federal budget in balance and immediately cease putting the next three generations into debt. The federal government is clearly getting too big.

Tom Martin

Retired financial analyst, Tucson

Constitutional responsibilities

Re: the March 16 letter "Read the Constitution, see president's job."

Charles Krauthammer may have written a negative column about President Obama out of an "honest difference of opinion on political policies." However, the author of this letter presents an incomplete description of the president's "job," as she directs us only to read specific provisions of Article II of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution also contains the Preamble, which gives the context for everything that follows. It says that the U.S. government was formed to "promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

There is no presidential responsibility to "improve living conditions." But the Preamble and part of Article II Section 3 require the president to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

Congress and the president have the responsibility of passing and executing laws that require the government to work with all individuals to improve our lives. Ultimately the general welfare would be promoted.

Ruth "Bunny" Davis

Consultant, Tucson

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