Weighing in on Boebert's representation
Re: "Anyone would be better than Rep. Lauren Boebert," July 18 commentary
Megan Schrader, overdosing on the intoxicating opportunity provided through her position as Denver Post Opinion Editor, titled her Sunday article, "Anyone would be better than Rep. Lauren Boebert." Really? Anybody?
Voters didn't think so during the last go-around, when Boebert first beat Scott Tipton, the five-term incumbent, in the primary, and then clinched the congressional seat by defeating her Democrat rival, Diane Mitsch Bush, in the general election.
Perhaps the article's title was viewed as nothing more than harmless tongue-in-cheek jargon. Perhaps. Nevertheless, as Colorado's leading paper, The Post's power of the press — and the abuse it can inflict when exercised flippantly — carries with it some level of implied duty cautioning prudence and dignity.
To illustrate, if the manner of writing presented in the Sunday article is indeed applicable to a sitting U.S. Congressperson, why not also to a newspaper editor? The difference might then be something like, "Megan Schrader's article, while thoughtful in some regards, was off the mark as to x, y and z," versus, "Anyone would be better than Opinion Editor Megan Schrader."
Bud Markos, Grand Junction
Three cheers for Megan Schrader's very sensible commentary. She is absolutely correct. Bugs Bunny would be better than Rep. Boebert. I am continually embarrassed that Boebert is my representative in Washington, D.C. She should be acting to make life better for us folks on the Western Slope rather than doing nothing other than spewing vitriolic nonsense.
She lied about the COVID virus: "Biden has deployed his Needle Nazis to Mesa County." "The easiest way to make the Delta variant go away is to turn off CNN. And vote Republican."
It can be honorable to vote Republican as long as one votes for honest, respectable Republicans. She lied when the MLB decided to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Coors Field. "The American people have lost trust in the MLB." I have a great deal more trust in the MLB than I have in Boebert.
She lied about gun violence: "In America, we see more deaths by hand, fist, feet, even hammers … if hammers are the cause of more deaths than firearms, then maybe we need to start having background checks on hammers."
How about some background checks and laws prohibiting elected officials from telling lies for their personal gain that have deleterious effects on the lives of their constituents? I am saddened that she was elected to this office. An individual who lies as much as Boebert should not represent me in Congress or anywhere else.
Fred Becker, Montrose
Megan Schrader's commentary on Lauren Boebert was right on. But please remember that the 3rd Congressional District takes a mighty swoosh to the southeast and encompasses Pueblo as well as the western slope. So Lauren Boebert represents us here in the Pueblo area too. I, for one, am embarrassed beyond words.
Jill Moring, Pueblo West
Billionaire astronauts: a giant leap in wrong direction
At what pollution cost do these billionaires spend on duplicating a feat already accomplished by NASA? Been there, done that, fellas. With all of the hype by the news media, I have not read of the undoubtedly huge amount of fossil fuel expended for this joy ride into space. Why isn't this an environmental travesty?
Marilyn Whittaker, Boulder
Big news these days as Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have successfully "invested" millions of their private dollars to hurtle through our poisoned atmosphere, away from our battered earth and its humble inhabitants. What a rush!
Bezos, Branson, and Elon Musk are the equivalent of the Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Rockefellers, Mellons, and Morgans of the 19th and early 20th centuries — wealthy beyond belief and able to spend untold sums of money to further their interests, often on the backs of low-paid workers.
At least the robber barons of the past century left us a legacy of railroads, libraries, museums, concert halls, and philanthropic foundations — things that still benefit all of us today.
What will our modern-day "robber barons" legacy be?
Save up $28 million, and you too can ride along.
Susanne Welles, Littleton
Focusing in on Colorado's water concerns
Re: "Start to prep for worsening drought," July 18 editorial
The Post Editorial is well stated: "there could come a time of extreme drought — when it's so bad that it gets to the point of only watering trees." There's just one fly in the ointment. The West is already in an "exceptional" drought. Climatologists have to create new superlatives each year. Water conservation in all of its forms is essential but is completely inadequate while more and more people move here, often escaping hotter and drier areas. FYI, they're not bringing any water with them. That's what we should prepare for.
Joe McGloin, Sheridan
In newsroom-speak, The Post "buried the lede" in this too-obvious and way-late editorial. You took until the second-to-last paragraph to make mere mention of "lawns that have transitioned to drought-tolerant and dessert-[sic] dwelling landscaping." Seriously?
Although you quote Denver Water throughout, you appear unaware that 40 years ago, our metropolitan water utility itself coined the term "Xeriscape" — landscaping with low- or no-water plants. Denver Water has promoted this smart idea for decades. It keeps a demonstration garden at its headquarters, and beautiful examples sprout today in every neighborhood in Denver and beyond.
Denver Water tells us lawn irrigation still accounts for half of all water use in local single-family homes. In the semi-arid West, watering acre upon acre of alien bluegrass remains an insanely wasteful habit, seeded centuries ago in the reliably wet East and across the Atlantic.
Drought-tolerant landscaping is here now, and it looks and feels fine. It is not just rocks and cactus, but bright, durable blooms, grasses, and perennials that decorate our lives and give food and cover to pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. The xeric natives that grew here before our immigrant European ancestors crossed (and plowed) the Plains are back, in nurseries and seed companies and your neighbor's front yard.
Patrick O'Driscoll, Denver
In response to your Sunday editorial regarding the worsening drought, why does The Denver Post (or anyone writing about water in Colorado) never include readily available information from Denver Water's website? That is, while Denver Water provides water to more than 1.5 million people living on the Front Range (or about 25% of the state's population,) it uses less than 2% of the available raw water in the state. Over 98% of our water goes to agricultural and industrial users, many of whom use the same methods of water delivery and irrigation that have been used since the 1870s: namely, open unlined ditches and flood irrigation. Why do you never encourage those who use the other 98% to find new ways of doing things that will conserve our precious water, rather than constantly berating those of us that nurture nice landscapes, while consistently using less water to do so? We all know that any water we 2-percenters save will go towards new developments, or swimming pools, fountains, and new golf courses in Nevada, Arizona, and California. The real solution to our water crisis lies with those who use almost all of it.
Dan Morr, Denver
Every time I see a 5-gallon bucket and read another article on our serious water shortage, I remember back to the mid-1970s when Marin County, Calif., had a severe water shortage.
Visiting my family home meant following the rules of severe water restrictions in each household. The five-gallon buckets sat at the washing machine, kitchen sink and anywhere there was water use. All water was routed to these buckets, never down the drains.
Most memorable was the five-gallon buckets that we lugged down to the bathrooms. That water had been used 2-3 times before being thrown down our turned-off toilets, and yes, some "dirty" water was used on the garden. This valuable lesson from decades ago still stays with me, loud and clear.
Nancy Wiseman, Denver
Carbon farming not new
Re: "Carbon farming needs clear rules," July 5 commentary
As one raised in, still connected to, and educated in the world of crop and animal production, I take issue with the authors' supposed newly discovered farming methods.
Good farmers have been actively returning carbon in various forms to the soil for well over 100 years. Pasture and crop rotation has been promoted by universities and practiced since the early 1950s. So-called regenerative agriculture has nothing to do with one's race or ethnicity. Crops, soil, cattle and hogs don't care about racism. Minority farmers today have access to programs and capital unavailable to others.
If you advocate subsidies for rebuilding carbon-rich soils, every acre rebuilt is a positive thing. The size of the operation should make no difference. Often, the reason an operation is large, or has become large, is because they are better farmers, are better agronomically, and thus become more profitable and use the profits to expand. They have better vision, use better farming methods, and produce more food for the world. Pretty good, isn't it? So why punish them by making them pay for subsidies for their less adept competitors?
Based on the article, it seems the "soil-based solution center" at CSU is nonsense, and a waste of taxpayer money. Carbon credits are equally foolish and do nothing to actually reduce emissions or sequester carbon. These credits simply transfer money to different pockets.
Jim Herickhoff, Fort Collins
Trump's least favorite poll?
Donald Trump admitted in his speech at CPAC recently that, regarding polls, he embraces and praises them when favorable to him, and if unfavorable, he calls them fake. Consider the 2020 presidential election to have been a poll — one with real consequences. Why would Trump treat it any differently from any other poll with less impact?
Bill Stone, Denver
It's a park, not a nightclub
The recent Fourth of July City Park Jazz celebration had no fireworks, but as the alcohol consumption increased, many F-bombs exploded around little kids trying to breathe in the toxic, tobacco-filled air.
Maybe Jazz in the Park officials should reclassify this summer event to adults only?
Mike Sawyer, Denver
Return its natural state
Re: "As Lake Powell dwindles, wonders open up," July 14 commentary
I appreciate Tim Treuer's opinion on Lake Powell. My husband and I love Utah. We have gone there maybe five or six times, including for our 50th anniversary, and will go there again this fall. We have always avoided Lake Powell because we consider it a watery grave of beautiful country. There are surely some beautiful places buried under the water for which we grieve when we think of the lake. I guess it was needed once upon a time, but now it is primarily a sewage dump for unconcerned vacationers on houseboats. We did drive down there about four years ago when it was down and loved seeing it so low. I say drain it, let the fish and beauty return and let the "vacationers" go elsewhere. I want to get into some canyons there and enjoy Utah as it once was and should be again. Maybe this will be the only good thing to come out of the drought.
Laura Avant, Denver
Another day to celebrate
Re: "Thaddeus Stevens and the original Dreamers," July 9 commentary
Charles Blow's editorial about Thaddeus Stevens' support for the 13th and 14th amendments, and what he calls the "original Dreamers," missed the mark. Blow quotes Stevens for saying, "universal suffrage is an inalienable right." In 1870, Black men were given that right to vote and the first Black man, Hiram Revels, was sworn into the U.S. Senate.
But if Stevens believed that "universal suffrage" was an inalienable right in 1870, why weren't the other 50% of Americans permitted to vote? It was another 46 years before the first woman was elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and four more years before women were given the "inalienable right" to vote.
So let's also celebrate Aug. 18, 1920, and "remember the importance and weight of that day," when the other 50% of Americans were included in universal suffrage.
Becky Roberts, Watkins
Stop nation-building wars
Thank you, Joe!
As a twice-wounded Vietnam veteran, I must thank Joe Biden for pulling out of Afghanistan. It is time we realize that prolonged war and nation-building in countries that harbor radical terrorists is not in our best interest. Vietnam was the first war we fought that did not have clear fronts of engagement. There were no clear battle lines. The enemy knew a diverse republic could be worn down with a protracted engagement. Once they saw people burning draft cards, conducting antiwar protests and the Kent State students killed while protesting, they knew their strategy was working. So, they continued to chip away, knowing that someday fatigue in supporting a protracted war would be to their benefit. The Taliban has embraced this strategy.
Military conflict with the United States needs to change. It is time we recognize a new strategy for addressing enemies that attack us. We have the most powerful military in the world, and we should use it. Once we have the intelligence of who attacked us and their location, we should respond in devastation and walk away — no nation-building. If it happens again, respond, and walk away. Eventually, the enemy will realize their attacks are not worth it.
Frank Hill, Parker
Hypocrisy from MLB
Re: "The Major League blame game over voting rights in Georgia," July 15 commentary
The column asking who gets the blame for moving the Major League All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver was good, but it's the wrong question. The real question should be asking MLB to defend their blatant hypocrisy in moving this game.
MLB stated it moved the game to protest the new Georgia voting laws they deemed unfair to minorities. On the surface it seemed like a strong statement; however, it should be noted MLB didn't lose a dime in TV or stadium revenue in the move.
MLB continues to allow the Atlanta Braves to play all 81 home games in Georgia this year, and gladly takes their share of the revenue from those games. So, why isn't anyone asking why Georgia doesn't deserve an All-Star Game, but they deserve 81 Atlanta Braves home games?
Unfortunately we all already know the answer, and that is that MLB is really upset about the new Georgia voting law … as long as it doesn't cost them one dime.
Kevin Payne, Denver
Young man's call to serve
Re: "High school student starts service to distribute COVID-19 test kits," July 19 news story
Thanks to high school student Kenner Galdamez Sosa for distributing COVID-19 test kits to the community at his own expense. As grateful citizens, we should see to it that he realizes his wish to study medicine. I'm sure that we Coloradans could see that a college scholarship could be awarded to him.
Ronald Lingle, Westminster
Kenner Galdamez Sosa's program to distribute COVID-19 test kits is an amazing accomplishment by this bright and generous future scientist. Let's hope that he and his brothers are vaccinated, considering they deliver kits to people who may already have COVID. Best wishes to Kenner.
Kathryn Skosich, Littleton
Beware socialist impulses
President Joe Biden recently said that communism is a failed system and that he did not see socialism as a useful alternative. I could not agree more. The American economic system of open markets, self-determination and entrepreneurialism built a great and enduring nation.
Our legacy and belief that with hard work and commitment we can pursue and accomplish our dreams are what American exceptionalism is all about. This is capitalism. Capitalism built this great nation. Capitalism has provided Americans with an extremely high standard of living that is the envy of much of the world.
And while the undeniable prosperity and beauty of our capitalist system is true today, a troubling idea seems to be growing in popularity. This idea that the government should provide for us and meet all our needs is growing. While this is not a new idea, this socialist impulse has been with us at various degrees for much of our national journey. This growing popularity and seeming acceptance for socialist policies and programs are troubling and scary.
These socialist impulses promoted and encouraged by many at all levels of government lead to ruin, destitution and despair. Equally troubling along with this idea that the government can and should support us is the idea that successful Americans, wealthy Americans, are responsible for the hardships and shortcomings experienced by others.
The idea of wealth redistribution appeals to the socialist sensibility. When we begin to punish success in this country, perhaps our best days are behind us.
Daniel McHenry, Pueblo
Keep our children safe
I am very concerned that proper precautions are not being taken as schools begin to plan for reopening and children who spent well over a year at home to keep others safe are returning without the ability to be vaccinated.
My 10-year-old is going to return to a classroom in one month, after giving up all of fourth grade and the last one-third of third grade to keep our community safe from COVID. I need Gov. Jared Polis to help keep him safe from COVID.
Vaccines should be required for all teachers and staff, and masks for all students. Vaccination also should be required for all public-facing businesses and workplaces, restaurants and public transit.
We gave up so much. My son is an only child and experienced depression during the peak of the shutdown. My freelance business lost more than half of my income. While unemployment helped me through 2020, it can't prop us up forever. Hopefully the state will recognize we're all paying the price for a lack of a mask and vaccine mandates.
CB Keller, Loveland
"Defund" misnomer discredits police reform movement
Re: "We expect too much of our police officers," July 16 letter to the editor
Thank you for your well-written letter in The Post regarding the roles of our police officers. You put into words my feelings exactly. I am extremely grateful for the brave and selfless work of our many excellent police officers who help to keep us safe. At the same time, their training and skills are best used in fighting crime and protecting the public, while the skills of those trained in mental health and related fields would be invaluable in dealing with those types of situations for the well-being and safety of all involved. I, too, have always felt "Defunding the Police" is a complete misnomer. Let's come up with a different name for this important movement.
Kathy Connolly, Arvada
Social programs not governance
Recent letters warn of the dangers of socialism and communism to our capitalistic economy, comparing the U.S. (bizarrely) to Cuba, China, and Russia. There is little comparison. Public and mixed private-public ownership and management systems have allowed Americans to prosper in safety and comfort over the years. They provide so many services and products (like water) we take for granted. Start with the biggies, Social Security and Medicare.
And would Colorado history have been better off without power utilities such as our all but forgotten Public Service Company of Colorado. Many liked their service better than today's.
The U.S. Corp of Engineers provides flood control to millions. The Bureau of Reclamation provides irrigation water to farmers in the West who could not exist without the government-built reservoir system.
In a purely capitalistic country, these systems would be managed for maximum profit without regard to fairness. Fear of the horror of communism (which few can define) and socialism has been a cynical tool used to oppose practical programs designed to help all the people.
Chuck Weisenberg, Lakewood
Re: "Beware socialist impulses," July 21 letter to the editor
While I agree that socialism is not what made this country and is not a good economic system, neither is unregulated capitalism, which we are getting close to. I have nothing against Jeff Bezos, but a system that lets Amazon and other extremely wealthy companies and individuals pay less than their fair share is not working either.
Hassel (Bud) Hill Jr., Aurora
Send vaccines to Cuba
The U.S. should offer several million COVID vaccine doses to Cuba with no strings attached, no conditions, no boasting, no propaganda. The act would speak for itself. The objective should be to save Cuban lives — communist, anti-communist, nonpolitical — everyone.
The cost to our country would be a tiny fraction of the Marshall Plan. The goodwill would last for generations.
Louis Lucas, Colorado Springs
TABOR undermines our system
Re: "Refunds? Dems say no; GOP says yes," July 11 news story
Alex Burness's article appropriately quotes my very able successor, Sen. Chris Hansen noting that there are at least 12 more parts of TABOR beyond the best known part that requires a vote of the people on all tax increases at all levels of government. But a crucial, philosophical part of TABOR is rarely discussed: it dramatically undermines representative government. During my tenure in the legislature, I can't count the number of times citizens would ask me why they had to vote on so many issues. They'd say, "Isn't this what we voted for you to take care of?" The vast majority of Coloradans are so busy with their lives that expecting them to research the esoterica of state government revenue and expenditures is overwhelming. If we truly believe in our system of representative democracy (and that seems to be an open question these days too complex for this letter), then requiring the people to vote on issues that were historically delegated to those elected to deal with them, puts undue pressure on citizens and allows those who are elected to dodge a major responsibility of holding office in our republic.
Lois Court, Denver
Editor's note: Court is a former state senator from District 31.
Board should focus on the fall
Re: "Tay Anderson to resume duties, criticizes colleagues," July 15 news story
Denver Public School Board member Tay Anderson's words and criticism of the Board speak volumes about him and his priorities. "When we meet for our Board retreat in August, I don't even expect to talk about how we recover from the COVID pandemic first. I would expect them to talk about how we recover from what we have been through this summer." (Fallout from his continuing sexual misconduct investigation.) I believe the Board's initial (and main) focus will be on getting children safely back to school and learning again, rather than on his request for "restorative justice." At least I hope so. Mr. Anderson, your needs do not take priority over the needs of tens of thousands of DPS students.
Alan Haynes, Aurora
Judicial system is corrupted
Re: "Oﬃcials manipulated process," July 18 news story
What David Migoya's reporting over the past few months has revealed is a conspiracy to defraud Coloradans by no less than the supposed pillars of rectitude and respect for the law: the state's Supreme Court and its chief justice.
The story is sickening, more in what's being revealed than in its telling.
In what appears to be an attempt to cover up sexual misconduct (and perhaps other wrong-doing) by judges, the chief justice and henchmen tried to buy the silence of an extortionist with an elaborate contract scheme and to hide from more honest officials both the true purpose and the beneficiary of the contract.
Let's call it what it was, a crime committed by those charged to ensure justice. This was criminal, a clever crime, but dishonest in both the spirit and letter of the law.
One can only speculate on the motives for the corrupt crime. Embarrassment? Misplaced loyalties? Reputations? No matter, the perpetrators abandoned their duty.
An aphorism comes to mind: A fish rots from the head down.
One effect of the crime is to erode respect for the law and make "equal justice" a myth. . Clearly, the Colorado judicial system needs accountability and transparency. This episode proves it can not regulate itself.
Ralph Taylor, Englewood
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