Praise for President Trump’s tenure
Re: “Trump changed the presidency; will it last?” Dec. 22 analysis
President Donald Trump does not govern by whim and tweet. Certainly not by whim.
Trump did not fail during the COVID crisis. In less than a year, he brought at least two vaccines projected to save millions of lives, done with an unprecedented public/private partnership. He gave all governors the help they asked for during the crisis — even in New York and California.
The Associated Press article implies that Trump did not dignify the office. Far from it. He restored the dignity of the office after President Barack Obama kneeled down on his American apology tour. The military, cops and Israel love him. He authorized peace deals in the Middle East that had never been done before. Tuesday, he recommended the newly approved but (flawed) COVID stimulus deal go from $600 per person to $2,000 per person.
He did not “stretch presidential power” — he worked within the limits of the office.
He did not “erode” the federal bureaucracy; he worked on cleaning it up and making it work. The news analysis implies Trump was responsible for people not believing in the election results and not being willing to turn over power; the Democrats never viewed his presidency as legitimate.
One statement by White House spokesman Judd Deere included in the article was right on: “President Trump has been the person who has returned power to the American people, not the Washington elite, and preserved our history and institutions, while others have tried to tear them down.”
I believe he will go down as the greatest president since Washington and Lincoln, perhaps exceeding them.
Steve Gehrke, Aurora
Trumpism will live on long after Jan. 20
It’s very hard when you hear the roar of the crowd to get off the stage. Such will be the predicament for President Trump when he will have to leave the White House. He will join that small number of outgoing presidents who will decline to ride with their successor to the Capitol on Jan. 20 when Biden is sworn in as the next president.
I can envision that Trump will orchestrate a dramatic exit. He will depart the White House at noon Jan. 20 and board Air Force One for the last time and fly to Florida for a reelection campaign, which his supporters will have set up for him. Why get off the stage?
And, having accumulated a ton of contributions, he will announce that he is forming a new political party. Guess what it will be called. Why would a man who has his name on everything from a skyscraper to a wine bottle not want his name on the new party? Trump is not going away.
Joe Power, Arapahoe County
Re: “What happened to the Colorado GOP?” Dec. 20 news story
What the GOP has morphed into over the last twenty years is shocking. The GOP has embraced a demonstratively incompetent president who has embraced racism, sexism, vulture capitalism and cronyism and is anti-science. And when 80 million voters made that clear to you by electing Joe Biden, your party’s response was to cry voter fraud where none exists. Coloradans know radicalism when they see it, but apparently the GOP is oblivious to the rot within their own party.
Like it or not, we are a two-party system, so it is critical that the GOP be a viable check against any possible excesses of the Democrats, but not this GOP — you have relegated your party to the fringes, where you will remain until you rid yourselves of Trumpism.
Gerry Camilli, Englewood
What responsibility do we have for the incarcerated?
Re: “Higher vaccine priority for those in Colo. prisons,” Dec. 18 commentary
Rep. Yadira Caraveo and Dr. Carlos Franco-Paredes have it correct. It is disappointing that Gov. Polis let politics get in the way of sound science. Since prisoners have already been sentenced and most importantly are human beings, where is our collective conscience when one argues that their lives have less value? If we are going to be so selfish, then at least recognize that our health is directly related to their health. It is time for the politicians and narrow-minded citizens to stand aside and let the experts do their work. Frankly, there is no reasonable alternative.
David H. Glabe, Westminster
Re: “ ‘Tenuous’ situation,” Dec. 19 news story
I just read in The Denver Post that prisoners’ families are outraged that their incarcerated loved ones are only receiving two slices of bread, a piece of bologna and an apple at mealtime. Have they stopped to think that many homeless would be grateful for that meal, and they have not broken the law ending up in prison?
The first thing we should all be saying is a great big “thank you” to prison workers who surely have one of the hardest jobs in the world and are now trying to fix meals, clean, work extra shifts, are exposed to daily violence, and now face COVID for themselves and the risk of taking it home. This front-page article is so biased toward the criminal that it is shameful.
Prisoners should not get the vaccine before people who have committed no crimes. Let them join the line behind the grocery workers and others who are out there trying to make a living and are not just sitting behind bars complaining.
Joanie Jones, Denver
Time to serve up some common sense
Re: “Indoor dining should be closed even though it’s devastating,” Dec. 20 commentary
It’s a shame when so-called experts would like to get more people hurt from their selfish words and actions, all while speaking on behalf of their personal gain. I’m sure that the authors, Jonathan Samet and Elizabeth Carlton, are still getting their full paychecks while, self importantly, telling many, many people they should lose their homes, jobs and children’s future. This “CNN” attitude needs to be neutralized with common sense.
Gary W Lane, Denver
A way to curtail the fringes
Re: “Parties need to make way for America’s independent streak,” Dec. 20 commentary
This column by Doug Friednash and Cole Wist was right on. The fringes of both parties control both the nomination process and the moneys needed to run for office. Completely open primaries are the way to curtail these fringes and their control. All people wanting to run for an elected position will be on the same primary ballot and, as Georgia requires, to be elected one must have a minimum of 50% plus one of the ballots cast. If no one has this total a second primary is run between the top two vote-getters.
Leonard B. West, Centennial
Go for the platinum
Re: “Election causes disconnect,” Dec. 20 news story
The article includes a quotation from Tressa Guynes, Montrose county clerk and recorder. She was quoted as stating: “Colorado’s system is the gold standard. It is absolutely amazing.”
And that may be true but let’s make it better. How? By making it even more transparent. You can track your mail-in ballot to make sure that it was received and supposedly “recorded.” That is important. But why can’t we check to see if it was recorded correctly? No one knows if their vote was actually properly “cast.”
Colorado’s governor and elected legislators should raise the bar with the voters and improve the system so that it not only allows a voter to see if their vote was received but that it was recorded correctly. The technology certainly exists. We know that because every time we now try to get into our bank accounts, or access Social Security information, etc., you have to receive a unique security “code” to do so. The same technology could be made available to voters, so only they could look at their voting record.
If everyone who voted could check on their own vote in a secure way, there would be total transparency.
Combine that with ensuring that every vote was legally submitted and the public could have absolute confidence in the system — a “Platinum Standard.”
We should make that our goal!
Bob Radocy, Berthoud
A moving commentary
Re: “The nativity is a salient scene for a COVID world,” Dec. 20 commentary
I have criticized Krista Kafer’s column before, but today my eyes are very moist after reading her column.
Larry McLaughlin, Aurora
We’re not skeptical
I am an American-born Hispanic woman and a little upset by the reports that Latinx and Black Americans are more skeptical about the vaccine and there is a lack of trust in the health care system. I do not agree with this type of reporting.
I understand that this group of people is disproportionately affected by the virus, but I do not believe, at least in our immediate and extended families, that overall we are unwilling to get the vaccine and that we do not trust the health care system.
We have lost family members to COVID-19, so we can hardly wait until our turn comes up for the vaccine. I hope all Latinos and Black Americans in our age group will prove this report wrong and join my husband and myself by being the first in line for the vaccine when the 75 and older group lines up!
Cindy Garcia, Lakewood
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