Letters to the Editor

LETTER: CO. ASSET provides hope to innocent immigrant kids

Dear Editor,

Coloradans should support CO ASSET. At no extra cost to taxpayers, it improves schools, communities, increases our pool of talented human resources, and gives universities, businesses, and our economy a needed boost. It brings innocent immigrant kids hope, and a chance for a brighter future.

LETTER: Question to ponder: “If we can send a man to the moon… why can’t we send them all?”

Dear Editor,

Newt may be onto something with his idea of US occupation of the moon. Gingrich used the term “colonization” but that sounds rather-British to me. But just imagine if every member of Congress had to be brave enough to blast off to visit the moon and gaze down at our fragile planet. Imagine what John Lennon (author of the song Imagine) would think of this idea.

As any innovator knows, there are few good ideas which are new and few new ideas which are fully vetted.

LETTER: Occupy Denver’s actions at the vigil to honor the homeless were downright uncivil and disrespectful

Dear Editor,

This evening I shed tears three times while attending the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil in front of the Denver City and County Building. For 26 years, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has organized this annual event on the eve before the winter solstice to honor and remember our homeless sisters and brothers who have died on the streets and in the halls of metropolitan Denver. I have participated in this event for as long as I can remember because it is good and proper to honor the lives of those who have come before us and to remind us of our common humanity.

LETTER: Only 1 out of 5 state employees are considering a change in employment

Dear Editor,

In Miller Hudson's guest column in your Dec. 16 issue regarding the Administration’s recent survey of state employees, Mr. Hudson incorrectly interpreted and reported survey findings. The survey indicated that 58 percent of state employees are NOT seriously considering leaving state government employment in the next 12 months. Rather, 22 percent are considering such a change in employment. Mr. Hudson errantly reversed these findings.

LETTER: Americans Elect isn’t the only third party in town

Dear Editor,

You did a big disservice to the state of Colorado when you chose not to objectively provide complete information about political parties in our state in one of your Dec. 9 articles. In the story titled “Americans Elect offers presidential alternative to Colorado voters,” you shirked journalistic responsibility when you did not include at least one paragraph in your 17-paragraph article about Colorado’s existing minor or third parties.

LETTER: Establishment — the new dirty word in politics?

Dear Editor,

The word establishment has taken on a new meaning. People are now accused of being establishment, as though it is evil, the word itself is whispered in the dark hallways of established grass roots organizations and other establishments, GOP headquarters all across the country. This new evil applied to a word piqued my curiosity, so I looked it up just as I would any dirty word.

LETTER: Popularity of third party candidates is rising

Dear Editor,

Peter Marcus’ balanced article on Americans Elect (AE) references Gov. Lamm and Rep. Tancredo both worrying that AE will pull votes from their respective parties. Neither considers that the time may be right for AE to win the White House outright.

LETTER: Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez must be dreaming if he thinks the DREAM Act is the answer

Dear Editor,

So Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez at a roundtable urged visiting Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis “to tell her boss (President Obama) to enact the measure (the DREAM Act) with the stroke of a pen.” (Statesman, Dec. 2, 2011).

LETTER: Reapportionment Commission Chair Mario Carrera: You have failed

Chairman Carrera,

I have stayed largely quiet during the course of the reapportionment commission proceedings, publicly expressing my hopes for a fair process. While I am completely shocked at the way in which you conducted yourself during the final meetings of the commission, I am appalled after reading the Denver Post article this morning in which responsibility for the commission’s unfair process was laid at the feet of non-partisan legislative staff.

LETTER: The other side of the story from Commissioner Mario Carerra

Dear Rep. McNulty:

Thank you for taking the time to write to me yesterday. While I believe you would agree that many of your colleagues have maintained a public distance from these proceedings, no one would suggest that our elected officials had a detached interest in the business before the Colorado Reapportionment Commission. You are no doubt aware that I was in regular communication with your appointed Commission member, former Rep. Rob Witwer and through my frequent meetings, calls and e-mail communications with your appointee, I am confident that you will have a great appreciation for the Commission’s work. However, I respectfully disagree with the conclusions you reach in your letter.