24 Mar 19
The Denver Post
John McCain deserves better than this
If you thought that President Donald Trump could not go any lower, well, he did it again! There is a lot of depth to his shallowness. His inferiority complex is so acute that he needs to feel important by attacking Sen. John McCain, who was a hero, a decent and honorable man, who served his country with valor and selflessness.
Shame on Trump and those who do not have the guts and the decency to denounce this president and what he has inflicted on our country by his actions and despicable words.
Our founding fathers and all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and our democracy must be crying in shame and disbelief.
Carmen C. Gorgas, Denver
I would like to ask every senator and member of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., this question:
Who bears the greater shame — a man who loudly defames a dead hero or those men and women who were his colleagues who stand in silence?
John McCain served his country in honorable ways. I’m sure not many would have changed places with him when he was in a Vietnam prison.
Donald Trump deserves pushback for the vile nastiness he directed at McCain. His ridicule and derision of a respected member of Congress deserves censure.
Denise F. Ludwig, Colorado Springs
It’s pathetic that Donald Trump still insists on trashing John McCain almost seven months after his death. Sen. McCain had something that Mr. Trump will never possess: honor and integrity.
JM Jesse, Glenwood Springs
Can citizens be left to decide fate of death penalty?
No one has been executed in Colorado since 1997 even though former Gov. John Hickenlooper had the opportunity, but did not have the guts to carry out what the jury wanted.
Why do we need to worry about the lack of a drug cocktail? Did the men on death row worry about the feelings of the people they killed in cold blood?
Why not bring back hanging or the firing squad? It would be less expensive and the access to a rope or shells is always available.
Put the death penalty up for a vote and let the public make the decision rather than the governor or state legislature.
Sheryl Schubert, Sedalia
Re: “Deciding whether to kill criminals should be difficult,” March 8 commentary
I appreciate Krista Kafer’s writing, which I often, but not always, agree with. In this case, I wish she would have offered a definitive opinion. Personally, I would support the death penalty if the murderer were caught red-handed so there would be no doubt rather than simply “beyond a reasonable doubt,” and only if the execution were carried out in a reasonable time frame rather than the case dragging through the courts for years with endless “stays.”
Having said all that, Colorado has become too liberal to think that we will ever see even a “no doubt” guilty person executed so it’s time to admit that, accept it and repeal the death penalty.
Jim Malec, Roxborough
The rallying cry for death penalty advocates, reflected in Kafer’s column, is “Send it to the voters.” Although this sounds appealing, we have all seen how big money pollutes our referendum process. Oil and gas interests spent tens of millions of dollars to oppose Proposition 112, which would have given greater control of fracking regulation to the counties whose citizens were most affected by this intrusive industry.
Money won. Such a morally complex issue as the death penalty must not be put up for sale to the highest bidder.
Harold Wright, Centennial
Oil and gas legislation needs debate of substance
Re: “Does proposed oil and gas reform go too far or not far enough?” March 17 commentaries by Jon Caldara and Simon Moya-Smith
I write in reply to Jon Caldara’s Sunday column on Senate Bill 181. There are serious issues here. My comments are not intended to demean Weld County. Mr. Caldara calls the bill “an existential threat to Weld County.” He then compares that threat to the “vague, macro-level romantic way the Boulder mafia running Colorado’s government talks about global climate change.”
I will bet there is much more real science data backing vague climate change than there is data on the economic demise of Weld County — unless the data is paid for by the oil and gas industry. Mr. Caldara uses the same arguments paid for by oil and gas to defeat Prop. 112. And that money is out in force again to defeat SB 181, I hear. SB 181 gives local control to Weld County. So will Weld County not get to decide what happens in Weld County under SB 181?
Marc Alston, Denver
Mr. Moya-Smith’s comments on oil and gas extraction in Sunday’s Perspective section were a big disappointment. All he really does is rant against any oil and gas extraction. I was hoping to learn something about specific concerns with what is in Senate Bill 181. No joy. Oil and gas extraction will happen in Colorado; our job is to figure out how to regulate it effectively.
Charles Sherwood, Avon
“Red Flag” law review continues at Capitol
As a one-time state lawmaker who had an “A+” NRA rating and a former Republican candidate for governor, I’m strongly supportive of House Bill 1177 — a bill that would provide extreme risk protection orders to temporarily remove firearms from those in the midst of a crisis.
My perspective on this issue is personal. Our family was in constant fear of losing our eldest daughter to suicide nearly a decade ago. She was just a child of 17 years at the time. Today, she’s healthy and successful.
Our family took action and removed all the firearms in our home. However today Colorado’s families, especially those who have adult family members living on their own, don’t have such capabilities to take preventive measures.
I challenge the members of this committee, especially my fellow Republicans, to find common ground and work together in a bipartisan manner to support a thoughtful, comprehensive bill that balances Second Amendment protections with desperate families coping with a loved one in the midst of a crisis.
Each lawmaker has an opportunity to make a real difference and reduce suicide in their community, help and protect law enforcement and, most importantly, give hope to desperate families. Please act!
Victor Mitchell, Castle Rock
Editor’s note: Mitchell is a member of the Mental Health Colorado board.
The “Red Flag” law should probably be renamed. How about the “he said, she said” law? Or perhaps the “spiteful spouse law?”
This is another Colorado Democrat sponsored end-run around the Constitution, paired with their Senate Bill 1142, which is nothing more than an attempt to abolish the Electoral College so they can win an election.
I could poke holes in the unconstitutionality of House Bill 1177 for days, but will stick to just a couple.
For example, what’s to keep a person in the midst of a bitter divorce or separation from lying to the police about something their husband or wife said or did that could then instigate the police confiscation of their firearms? For that matter, what if your cranky neighbor calls the police and gives them a tall tale or two because your dog urinated on his lawn? So what if it’s not true? It will then be incumbent on you to convince some judge somewhere of your innocence to a bunch of fabricated nonsense. This law is a Pandora’s Box. I wonder what other aspects of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States these people plan on “altering.”
David Hopkins, Littleton
Re: “3 counties against ‘red ﬂag’ bill,” March 7 news story
Sheriffs do not make law. This is not Nottingham.
If the county commissioners or sheriffs of the “Second Amendment Sanctuary” counties believe that HR 1177 — the red flag bill — is unconstitutional, then they should take their case to court for judicial review. If those results are unsatisfactory, they can appeal to a higher court. The Supreme Court of the United States was designed to rule on exactly this type of case.
Citizens have a right and even a duty to protest laws that they feel are unjust or unconstitutional. However, in doing so, we must take care not to undermine the very Constitution that we claim to want to protect.
Bob Seay, Lamar
Increased screening for dyslexia needed in schools
Did you know that most children who struggle with reading in third grade continue to have difficulties in reading through and beyond high school? Children with dyslexia can learn successfully with the appropriate interventions in place.
In Colorado, there is inconsistent identification and intervention for individuals with dyslexia. As a result, House Bill 1134 has been introduced to research effective methods for assisting young students with dyslexia. The working group will analyze current data and recommend 1) appropriate screening tools, 2) a statewide plan for identification and intervention, and 3) educator training to recognize and provide interventions for students with dyslexia.
Deepika J. Patel, Aurora
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