Payday lending a societal failing
Sometimes I let my news- papers pile up, and then I read them all at once.
So it was just yesterday that I read Billie Stanton’s June 12 column (“Utilities send poor into the lion’s den”).
Thank you for keeping the payday lender topic in the news.
I grew up in Tucson and moved back here seven years ago after more than 20 years away. It’s disturbing to see how payday loan joints have spawned in the past few years.
To me, this shows that our lawmakers have a weak sense of how important it is to protect the social contract.
The fact that utilities are involved now is especially depressing.
The poorest, the most desperate, the mentally ill, the people least likely to think with a clear head are those most likely to visit a payday lender.
Some people believe terrorists may destroy this country, but I think America is its own worst enemy. It seems to me we keep inventing new ways to torture our poor.
I think some people believe poor people deserve to suffer, because they remind us that America is imperfect. They feel that if you’re dumb enough to go to a payday lender, you deserve what you get.
But some people do not have the life tools to make good choices. It is our responsibility as a society to not dig deliberate pits that can entrap them.
We can easily eliminate some misery by eliminating payday lenders, but we choose not to. Our choices show who we really are as a society.
Thanks for everything, Billie.
Being solicited elicits annoying feeling
Am I the only one who finds being solicited for charitable donations by grocery and convenience store clerks to be extremely annoying?
It’s bad enough that I often have to make my way past a phalanx of bums “Hey bro”ing to even get into the store.
Then, after finding the meager items I can afford, I get to wait in line behind somebody buying a quarter ton of food with my tax money.
Then, to top it off, I have to let them make me look like a piker when I have to answer “no” to the clerk’s solicitation for a donation to the company’s favorite tax deduction.
I, for one, greatly resent it.
Melting pot in danger of being chamber pot
If we don’t act now on illegal immigration, demonstrating our resolve to restore and reinforce the values on which this country is based, we’re doomed.
I am fed up with all the blame being loaded onto our president. He’s not perfect, but who is?
At least he has the guts to stand up for what he believes.
And while I may not always agree with him, I oppose all the Marxist theorists methodically working to destroy President Bush and make the United States of America a Third World country.
Beyond all doubt, some good people have sneaked into the country, worked hard, raised families and generally lived within the law. So give them a chance to become citizens.
But if they refuse that opportunity, they should go elsewhere. There are six other continents to choose from.
If we do not enforce our laws, we are no longer a melting pot; we are a chamber pot.
Procrastinators to blame for passport backlog
Re: the Thursday article “New passport rule on hold”:
I understand a person’s dismay over not receiving his passport in a timely manner, but it is your own darn fault.
You knew more than a year ago about the new passport requirement, but you waited until the last moment.
I know what some of you are going to say: “I applied two or three months ago.”
But so did everyone else who was planning a summer trip. Didn’t you think there would be a major backlog?
Why didn’t you get your passport last fall or just after the Christmas rush at the post office when it was quick and easy?
Now, because of an unfunded mandate and your procrastination, the much-needed passport requirement will be delayed.
Protect Internet as free market venue
Americans need to speak up to save the Internet.
Every time big business gets special treatment, the rest of society loses.
What happened to the free market? Are we going back to the days of monopolies?
After further review, new call on baseball
Re: my Wednesday letter “Run ‘traitors’ Zucker, Parr out of Tucson”:
I wrote this after hearing about the move; I felt betrayed because I love baseball.
The problem that has plagued Tucson for more than 30 years is the heat and open stadium.
Many residents prefer an evening in 78 degrees instead of 105-plus degrees.
My wife’s medications preclude her from being in direct sunlight, as she turns beet red in less than 10 minutes and can pass out from the heat.
The answer is Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark).
Enclose either Hi Corbett or Tucson Electric Park.
Or bulldoze them both and build what we need most: hospitals.
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