Letters to the editor

Crises aplenty


The word “crisis” comes from the Greek term “turning point.” 

The dictionary defines it as “a crucial point or situation.” We currently use it to define a multitude of issues facing the world, the United States or, each of us, as an individual.

Let me list a “baker’s dozen” plus a few more. You take your choice.

• COVID-19.

• Climate.

• Opioids.

• Suicide.

• Education.

• Ukraine.

• A nuclear war.

• Immigration.

• Inflation.

• Housing.

• Homelessness.

• Election integrity.

• Alzheimer’s.

• Autism.

• Health care.

• Aging.

• Long-term care.

• Student loan debt.

• The erosion of the middle class.

 Dr. Leonard Kirschner

Col. USAF (Retired)

AHCCCS Director (1987-93)

AARP Arizona Past President

Litchfield Park

Quick look at the candidates


As we head to the polls in November of this year, Arizona has the serious responsibility of electing a governor for the state.

Let’s have a look at the candidates:

• Kari Lake, former KSAZ-TV news anchor.

• Matt Salmon, vice president of government affairs at ASU.

• Karrin Taylor Robson, land developer.

• Scott Neely, businessman.

• Paolo Tulliani Zen, businesswoman.

• Katie Hobbs, Arizona secretary of state (2019–present).

• Aaron Lieberman, state representative (2019-21).

• Marco López Jr., former chief of staff for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (2009–11) and former mayor of Nogales (2001–04).

So, if you’re hiring someone, who should you put at the top of the consideration list? Most employers look for prior experience that is a close match for a starting point. They will typically select those as tier 1 candidates, which, in this case, would require prior experience in government. A tier 2 candidate would be someone who exhibits experience that is not a close match but is translatable to the job. A tier 2 in this situation would likely be a business owner who has experience managing an organization and its employees, negotiating and compromising.

Look at the list above without consideration of party affiliation and tell me who you would put as a tier 1, tier 2 and a toss-in-the-trash candidate.

I don’t think I need to spell it out for you, but maybe I do, because the American public seems to have a self-destructive fascination with electing unqualified idiots. 

The person with the loudest megaphone typically is not the sharpest tool in the shed. The Dunning-Kruger effect reveals that less-intelligent people are usually incredibly confident. 

More intelligent people, by contrast, aren’t at all. More intelligent individuals recognize they have flaws and don’t always have all the answers. Yet people are consistently attracted to a confident big mouth. 

The big mouth usually spews simplistic nonsense when you actually take the time to listen, but prior historical evidence shows people choose the big mouth. 

Prior evidence also shows that most people do not have the attention span to analyze or consider complex discourse. Most prefer trivial things and simple concepts they can easily grasp or already do. 

This is why the platform of most politicians is geared to party-line simple talking points. 

This is why the party-line attacks are also just as simplistic and are repeated frequently to drive home their alternative reality. I would hope we have had enough of electing unqualified overconfident personalities with little substance or genuine desire to do the job. I picked up a term for a con man a few years back watching the series “Lost.” The term for con man: confidence man. Let’s stop electing idiots.

Robert Lukacs