Let's apply common sense to driverless cars
Re: the Jan. 30 article "Driverless cars could be on AZ roads this year, if Capitol gives green light."
I am wondering if this representative from Chandler has been exposed to that dirty air in Phoenix for too long. I know that technology is working on things like this, but I think we all have to be realistic. Many times I have made the trip from Tucson to Phoenix on Interstate 10. Speeds today on this highway are ridiculous, posted at 75 mph but driven at 90 mph or more.
How comforting to know that the car that just passed me or the one coming my way has no driver!
What will the insurance companies say about this? What kind of rates will we all pay because there are actually cars out there with no driver?
I hope and pray that some kind of common sense will prevail when it comes to thinking like this proposed legislation. If our tax money is paying this representative's wages, we'd better re-evaluate how our tax money is spent.
McCain buffoonish in his attack on Hagel
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel was a leading member of the committee to elect John McCain for president during McCain's 2000 run for the office.
At the Senate committee hearing for Hagel's nomination for secretary of defense, McCain's attack on Hagel was a buffoonish performance that should be a wake-up call to Arizona voters that it's time to retire the dang senator.
Melvin very amusing on AZ's 'great' schools
Re: the Feb. 1 guest column "Mickelson story illustrates this point: You can thrive in Arizona, not in California."
We got a good chuckle from Sen. Al Melvin's tongue-in-cheek piece about how great Arizona's educational system is. It was a good lead-in for Fitz's Saturday hyperbole.
Especially amusing was the comment, "Our exceptional school system ensures that students are prepared to pursue their future educational and career goals."
Gun owner: Ban military-style weapons
The carnage caused by the military-style and large-clip weapons sickens me. As a 72-year-old gun owner, I see no practical reason for their need.
The proposal before Congress to address the killing materials used by these people is prudent and necessary. I hope our representatives in Congress will have the guts to do what the American public favors.
If they do not, the blood of all the victims, past and future, will be on their hands and souls, as well as that of the NRA. Enough is enough. Let the carnage end.
Stop letting NRA dictate public policy
Thoughts about creating a more civilized and healthy society:
There is no good reason to allow people to own semiautomatic weapons with high-capacity clips. If you're not in law enforcement or the military, and have one of those weapons, then you're a bad guy. The only purpose for that kind of weapon is to kill people or blow up animals.
Implement gun "buyback" programs.
Make it socially unacceptable to celebrate ignorance, demean other people, avoid paying taxes, fear the government, watch needless violence and worship guns.
Grasp the fact that the NRA, which is just a front for the gun manufacturers, is self-serving and does not have the well-being of this country in its sights. Although it represents only 1.3 percent of our population, it has become a big bully.
Stop letting the NRA dictate public policy. It is not the fourth branch of our government.
Retired social worker, Green Valley
Thanks for helping with tire problem
Keeping your vehicle safe is certainly a priority for all of us. Recently at work I noticed one of my tires seemed low. Well, being an "independent woman" I thought that I could take care of it myself.
Trying to put air in the tire, I made it worse. Luckily, I was right next door to Discount Tires at Ina and Shannon roads.
The gentlemen there were outstanding. They were able to take care of me promptly, checked all my tires free of charge and did not make me look foolish. They also invited me back any time to check my tires.
Such kindness is always much appreciated!
Carol A. Hayden
Main concierge, La Cholla at The Inn