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Letters to the editor published in the December 29, 2010, edition of The Explorer.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:07 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Government has no right to take money

In response to Dave Safier’s article “They Want You to Pay More”:

Mr. Safier does not seem to understand that forcing money from one person to give to another is theft. The government has no more moral right to take my money and give it to another person than they have the right to knock on my door and demand that I feed a person whom the government has decided cannot feed themselves.

As my money is merely a representation of my time, the taking of my money is an indirect form of slavery, and the history of the United States shows that Progressives like using slavery.

In this Christmas season, there are some heartwarming stories of large amounts of money being dropped into the Salvation Army kettles. It is a safe bet that the persons who are giving the money are giving from their excess. They, out of the goodness of their hearts, are sharing their wealth. Government, usually for political gain, takes our money and spreads the wealth.

Government does have a legitimate claim to some of our money, to be used for the public good. Those who use highways pay taxes on gasoline and vehicle registration. That money is then used to build and maintain the public highways. That is a legitimate use of taxes.

Using my money to buy food for a family that will not feed their children is not legitimate. If Dave is so concerned that corporations are not paying their fair share, I wish he would show us the proper function of a corporation. He should start a rich corporation and fund all of his social projects. He may discover that trickle-down economics has some part to play in the running of a business. People usually go to work for someone who has more money than they do. Dave’s corporation can show us how to employ lots of people, regardless of their output.

It seems to me that Oprah Winfrey thinks a lot like Dave does, but I have not heard that with her vast wealth she is hiring lots of unemployed people. Maybe she is a closet Republican.

Andy Woodward, Pima County

Story can’t do justice to Cuvelier

The Explorer’s Dec. 22 story (“Long Time Clerk Retiring”) can’t begin to do justice the role of the town clerk and, in particular, what Kathi Cuvelier has meant to the community.

In addition to tracking all the various motions, counter-motions, amendments, votes and decisions at 30 years of town council meetings, she’s also been responsible for keeping all of the official records of the town. Throughout many years of legislative changes, legal challenges, and a seemingly endless chain of recalls, referenda and ballot measures, Kathi has always maintained a positive attitude and an unquestionable commitment to public service.

The town clerk is usually the first person at all council meetings and the last person to lock up town hall, often after 11 p.m. or even midnight. She oversees the front office staff at the town’s administrative offices, and is the go-to person regarding virtually anything that occurred in Oro Valley during the past three decades.

Every citizen owes a deep debt of gratitude to Kathi for her unselfish service. She deserves the time now to relax and enjoy retirement. But, if I know her, she will continue to follow events at town hall as assiduously as she did when she served as town clerk. Oro Valley deserved — and received — the very best from Kathi.

Bob Kovitz, Tucson

The writer was communications administrator for the Town of Oro Valley from 2001 through 2007. – Ed.

Say ‘Merry Christmas,’ not ‘Happy holidays’

Christmas 2010 is finished. It is done. This year was challenging for me in many ways. I was offended.

“Happy holidays” seemed to be those magic operative words. For me, this is not a holiday, but rather a Holy Day. Throughout the year, the media constantly reminds me of other “holy days,” but when it comes to Christmas, businesses and employees everywhere have been told to greet individuals with those non-offensive greetings.

Personally, I have been offended by that greeting for many years, and I think many in this land feel the same way. It is difficult to comprehend how other religious times of the year are not treated the same as Christmas. Just a holiday and not a Holy Day. The greeting “Merry Christmas” represents a Holy Day, not a holiday. Is there a law against wishing individuals a Merry Christmas?

While shopping this year and checking out of a business establishment, I was greeted with the words “happy holidays.” I told the individual in advance that I was going to raise my voice and said, “Do you or anyone else here have a problem with Merry Christmas?” The response: “I really mean ‘Merry Christmas’.” Then say it!

I prepared to raise my voice higher and turned around to the crowd and said, “does anyone here have a problem with the words Merry Christmas, does anyone here have a problem with the words Merry Christmas?” I did see smiles and then boldly said “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.”

Our society has been hypnotized into believing that “happy holidays” is the thing to say. I for one will not fall into that trance, for those words degrade a Holy Day and greatly offend me. I do not agree with the statement that the “United States is not a Christian Nation.” When Christmas is just a holiday, that soon may be true.

The blame and the ownership will fall on each of us whom were offended and afraid to stand firm and simply let it be known the offense of “happy holidays.” It degrades a Holy Day to a meaningless holiday.

Bob Black, Oro Valley

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