Letters to the editor

2013-12-07T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
December 07, 2013 12:00 am

US should apologize

for actions vs. Mandela

Amid the official and media outpouring of grief over Nelson Mandela’s passing, one stark fact is conveniently overlooked. In 1962, it was the CIA who located Mandela and helped to put him in prison for almost 28 years. The United States government should apologize for this gross miscarriage of justice.

We should be very cautious about believing our government when it identifies our “enemies.” I allude particularly to Iran today. Let’s give diplomacy, not military force, a chance to solve problems and foster peace in the world.

Dr. Henry K. Hall Jr.

Emeritus professor of polymer

chemistry, University of Arizona

Arizona will improve

if we pay more taxes

Nineteen firefighters die because our state didn’t fill safety positions with its Forestry Division. Six thousand uninvestigated Child Protective Services claims. The state is using roadway funds to keep other agencies afloat. Anybody hit a pothole recently? The list goes on.

Has anyone considered that perhaps these ills are related to a chronically underfunded state government? Arizona’s low tax rates are a primary cause of these and other dilemmas. According to taxfoundation.org, our state imposes taxes on property (27 percent of total revenue), general sales (40 percent), “selective” sales (8 percent), individual income (16 percent), corporate income (4 percent) and license/other (5 percent).

Tea-party Republicans, like Pavlov’s dogs, continue to blindly champion lower taxes — until CPS ignores the claim that their child was abused or their firefighter son dies.

Raise the sales tax. I would gladly pay an extra penny per transaction. I’d even pay an extra nickel. Or raise some other tax so that our state government has more funding to serve us. We deserve better.

John Leader

Attorney, Tucson

Pay fast-food workers enough to live on

Re: the Dec. 6 article “Protesters rally for higher wages at Ariz., NM fast-food restaurants.”

If people got paid more they wouldn’t need to use food stamps and other programs like this. Current wages are not enough money to raise a family on. If people got paid more as fast-food workers, maybe they would stay longer and like their job more. I worked for KFC and Jack in the Box and didn’t make enough to live on and I was a full-time worker.

Jennifer Neal

Student, Tucson

Solutions for CPS crisis

Re: the Dec. 1 column “Legislators don’t grasp size of child-welfare woes.”

The solution to the crisis at Child Protective Services belongs to all of us. We must push our legislators, who expect public assistance agencies to do more with less, to realize that the point of impossibility was reached long ago.

1) You need mentally stable parents to raise healthy families. Mental health funding has never been adequate, much less since cutbacks. 2) Parents need child care. Even healthy parents can’t manage minimum wage jobs without affordable child care. 3) Everyone needs adequate nutrition. I’m certain that for everyone who is abusing food stamps there are numerous malnourished children and adults.

The list could go on and doesn’t even include essential increases in funding and staff for CPS and other public assistance agencies. Workers who care have to have time to do it right! We must press our legislators to cut assistance for corporations, cut tax breaks for the wealthy and raise income taxes for many of us.

Clare Velonis

Retired registered nurse, Tucson

Go, Cats, go!

I was born in Tucson and am a University of Arizona fan for all three major sports. I have been a fan since I was about 13 years old. I am 76 now.

One of my close friends used to say you could take me out of Tucson but you could not take Tucson out me. My sister and her husband were fans as well. They passed away this year — Fred and Erma Tanner. For all of us, I hope UA wins. God bless.

Daniel Dunn

Retired, El Paso

Yes, Obama lied

Re: the Dec. 2 letter to the editor “Don’t blame Obama for insurance errors.”

When is a lie not a lie? It is well documented that President Obama asserted on numerous occasions that the Affordable Care Act would allow the American people to keep their insurance if they liked it and they could keep their doctors if they wanted to. The act was passed and it required insurance companies to eliminate and change policies to meet new standards. In this context the statement “President Obama did not lie,” but rather the responsibility for the changes was the insurance companies, as asserted in the letter, is preposterous. Obama signed the law that had the requirement that forces the insurance companies to drop those policies that many Americans liked and wanted to keep. Yes, the responsibility and the lie reside with the president.

Roger Sedjo

Economist, Oro Valley

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