Letters to the Editor
American Association of Retired Persons Chief Executive Officer A. Barry Rand sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday evening, emphasizing the critical importance of Social Security benefits as a lifeline for millions and urging that Social Security payments continue to be made regardless of Congressional action to raise the debt ceiling. AARP is focused on protecting Social Security and Medicare for the millions of beneficiaries who have paid into the systems over their working lives. Rand’s letter follows:
“Dear President Obama:
Dear Honorable Colorado Officials,
We see dark clouds gathering over Colorado’s election systems. Officials are not fulfilling their positions of public trust and are compromising the very foundation of our government — free and open elections.
Time after time Colorado election officials have refused to produce for public analysis the data needed to detect election error and fraud. Officials responsible for enforcement ignore, provide cover, explain away, or outright excuse material errors and violations committed by themselves, other officials, and vendors.
As an organization representing more than 500,000 Coloradans, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative calls on Eric Grossman to resign from the newly formed Health Benefit Exchange Board. As a health industry insider, his appointment tips the scales away from a board concerned with meeting the health care cost, coverage and quality needs of small businesses, individuals and families and toward the interests of insurers.
Congress is facing a decision that will affect all Coloradans, indeed, all Americans, for possibly decades to come. The issue is a simple one — how to raise the federal debt ceiling without simultaneously fueling more unsustainable, unfunded growth in government.
I can’t begin to tell you how many people have asked for me to get as much of the truth out about the 2010 governor’s race as possible.
In light of recent news stories, I wanted to let you know directly — from me to you — that these accusations are baseless and completely untrue.
For the second time in as many weeks, members of your campaign staff and supporters showed up at press conferences that I organized.
A recent article about short-term lending and related legislative activity seems to get stuck in the weeds [“Payday loan bill started off like a racehorse…” Statesman, 4/22], and fails to provide clarity around the efforts of the state Senate to regulate new consumer loans.
A recent column in The Statesman by a Western Slope Republican with no ties to Denver (“Not a GOP in sight? Romer’s right pick as Mayor for center and right Democrats” by Josh Penry) urged Denver Republicans to base their vote in the Denver Mayor’s race by choosing the candidate they felt “fits somewhere on the spectrum between ‘OK’ and ‘not Satan.’” This odd recommendation apparently implies that none of the candidates running for Mayor have sufficient qualifications to be considered better than “OK.”
As the city enters the final stretch of the campaign to elect Denver’s next mayor, it is important that we do not accept mediocrity.