Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

In this image from video, the 53-47 result on Senate Resolution 488 is displayed during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Ladies, use your power and vote

This year is the centennial of this country allowing women to vote for president. Through Nov. 3, Election Day, I am wearing all white in honor of the suffragists. They spoke, wrote, assembled and marched for the right of women to vote. In return, they were rejected, mocked, jailed and assaulted.

It took a decadeslong struggle for those brave women to win the power of suffrage. Every eligible woman in the United States should vote in this historical and crucial election. No matter your political views, make sure you are registered and cast your ballot.

Ladies, this is your hard-won power, use it.

Patricia Westerfield

Southwest side

Trump wants babies to live, just not very well

So Trump is anti-abortion and pro-life. Indeed, let’s get as many babies as possible out there. But how is their life going to be?

Families need food to feed their children, but Trump policies make food stamps and other help impossible. Now if these children survive and get to school, no more meals with wholesome foods under Michelle Obama’s program as Trump has cut that, too.

But of course why would they want children to be educated? And then, don’t get sick because Trump is trying to do away with the Affordable Care Act.

What kind of life will all these new kids have after Trump destroys the clean air and water we might have had?

Oh, right, rich businesses will do the right thing and take care of the world.

Carl Olson

West side

Senate doesn’t mirror will of US electorate

When the Constitution was adopted a bit over two centuries ago, the Founding Fathers could not foresee the technological developments that exist today. That being true, the Senate is a terrible representative of the people of the United States.

States with a relatively small populations are as equally represented as states with vastly larger populations. Add to this gerrymandering and the faults inherent in the Electoral College and “democracy” really is not a fundamental U.S. reality. The election of Trump in 2016 is proof of this.

And there were others.

Today, by one vote of the Senate, the will of 76% of American citizens was wiped out. Perhaps it is time for another Constitutional Convention to remedy some of these continuing problems. Or am I just whistling into the wind?

Hal Bardach

Southwest side

Dems should boycott the State of the Union

What a sham of a trial, a farce. What a sad time in American history. Trump, via Republican senators, blocked witnesses and blocked the release of documents. What is he hiding?

Republicans in Congress have determined that, yes, he is above the law. Democrats in Congress need to show some real moral courage. I say, show some good old-fashioned civil disobedience and boycott the State of the Union address.

Jerry Ledesma

West side

Women must look out for signs of heart attack

Did you know heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women? As a survivor of a heart attack in 2018 and becoming a Mayo Clinic trained WomenHeart Champion, I want every woman to be “heart smart.”

Women fill many roles — mom, wife, grandma, caregiver, boss, employee, volunteer, and all-around problem solver. Women are notorious for taking care of everybody else before taking care of themselves.

Women’s heart attack symptoms are not like men’s. Here’s Mayo Clinic’s list: Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort; shortness of breath; pain in one or both arms; nausea or vomiting; sweating; lightheadedness or dizziness; unusual fatigue.

I had all these warning signs and made excuses because I was too “busy” to go to the emergency room. Big mistake!

Thankfully, my cardiologist and hospital saved my life by getting me to the cath lab and putting in two stents.

Always call 911, it’s far better to have a false alarm than to die from a heart attack.

Susan Smith

East side

Super Bowl halftime show was distasteful

While I recognize I’m an “old lady” in her 80s, am I the only one who finds the halftime shows to be totally distasteful where they might instead be entertaining and encouraging younger people to aspire to play professional sports?

Charlotte Mesick


President hasn’t

been treated fairly

Re: the Feb. 1 article “Feelings of trepidation about this State of the Union.”

I was almost amused as I read the editorial on Saturday by Michael Waldman. He calls Trump a liar, mob boss and strongman in one sentence. He decries his inaugural address for not including what others have said.

The press and the left have savaged him from the day he announced his candidacy. Civility and respect for the presidency have never been considered. I don’t know if he would respond in kind, but I don’t think we’ll ever know.

Bill Blaine


Bryant’s death must be kept in perspective

More than a week ago, a helicopter crash killed nine people, including ex-basketball star Kobe Bryant. It was a horrible incident for those involved and their families.

While I am a self-proclaimed sports fanatic, I can’t help but wonder about the outpouring of grief for Bryant. Day and night, articles and devotions and services for this one man. He was an outstanding player and probably a decent human being. But why such outrageous statements as “it tore my soul from my body.”

The weeping and gnashing of teeth is unprecedented and, in my view, out of proportion. Do you know, the names of other deceased passengers, other than his daughter? I think not.

They don’t have devotionals or numbers put on sports shoes.

How about the 135 law enforcement officers killed during 2019. Are you in despair about them? I doubt it.

Acknowledge the passing of a good man, but recall he is only truly revered because he could shoot an air-filled ball. Keep things in perspective. Restrain yourself.

Phil Reinecker

East side

Here are some reasons we will vote for Trump

We support the reelection of President Trump for his policies, not his personality.

We support enforcement of immigration laws and are hopeful that a skills-based immigration system will one day be enacted.

We pay our mortgages, our college tuitions and our medical insurance premiums, and we are very skeptical of others who wish to raise our taxes to pay for others who have not been similarly provident.

We are very skeptical, too, about racial and ethnic preferences, and we would prefer merit-based admissions to selective universities and competitive programs.

We treat full exercise of our religious freedoms as very important, and we become very unhappy when government tries to limit the exercise of these freedoms.

We do not care much for socialism and seriously doubt that more government programs can improve American society.

We vote accordingly.

James Stewart


Oracle Road is in need of maintenance

I was happy to read that the Governor is recognizing Southern Arizona. He mentions money allotted for the widening of I-10 and a new bridge across the Gila River, but makes no mention of money allotted for less traveled roads, such as Oracle Road (Arizona 77).

The condition of Oracle Road has become deplorable, especially from Ina north to First Avenue. The far right lanes are so bad that drivers are using only the middle and left lanes. These are now becoming rough and rutted, along with many of the intersections.

Traffic is very heavy as Oro Valley has a significant number of tech businesses, employing hundreds of people that travel Oracle every day, along with traffic from Catalina, SaddleBrooke and Oracle. The tire distributors must love it. Help!

Darlene DePietro

Oro Valley

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