Letters: Lawmakers learn what children have experienced (1/17/21) – The Denver Post

Lawmakers learn what children have experienced

To our U.S. Congress members, I am very sorry you had to go through the frightening nightmare that happened to you Jan. 6. I cannot imagine the horror of seeing police with guns drawn, hiding, hearing noises of gunshots, glass breaking, and doors being beaten down. That is a life experience I have never had, thank God. I can only think that when you close your eyes to sleep at night, you likely will relive that day for the rest of your life.

The next time you close your eyes, I ask you to imagine you are in a classroom and those noises are coming down a hallway. You are crouched in the corner of a room trying not to cry so as not to be heard, wanting to call your parents to tell them that you love them. Hearing BANG, BANG, BANG of a gun, trembling, holding hands with your classmates. Again, I cannot imagine what that would be like.

You now have that life experience and you can relate to that nightmare. We need meaningful gun legislation. When you get back to your offices and back in your chambers, please close your eyes and pretend you are a child in school, where it’s supposed to be safe and then ask yourselves what are you going to do?

Chyre Hitt, Golden

If there is a silver lining to the “new normal” of this coronavirus, it might be the absence of school shootings. Watching the images of the terror in the eyes of our members of Congress from both sides of the aisle as they huddled together underneath their desks in a building that they once took for granted as a safe place is a haunting reminder of the thousands of children who have experienced the same fate.

It’s time for our nation’s lawmakers to crawl out from underneath their desks and take a stance against gun violence before we open up our schools and return to the old normal.

Steve Spiess, Steamboat Springs

 

Rep. Boebert’s D.C. actions rile fellow Coloradans

Re: “Boebert must also be investigated for her role in insurrection,” Jan. 14 editorial

While I agree that Rep. Lauren Boebert should be investigated for her role in fomenting insurrection, I also want to urge The Denver Post and other media to begin to “shun” her and President Donald Trump.

I fear, in other words, that the impeachment (now a fact) of Trump and related actions against Boebert will continue to keep them front and center in the news. That’s what both Trump and Boebert want — notoriety. I realize the media have to report facts (about investigations and trials) and that they must express editorial opinions and allow op-eds on “village idiots” like Boebert and national criminals like Trump. Yet might we not gradually assign them to the kind of short items on the “margins” of news pages and media reports. Giving them headlines not only gives them what they want, but will further inflame the insurrectionists.

John F. Kane, Denver

The debacle of Jan. 6 in our nation’s capital was brought about by the blind allegiance of a number of people in Congress to a president who lied throughout his time in office and demanded fealty to himself over dedication to our country. As the president made wild assertions, all of which were shown to be unsubstantiated, some legislators continued to try to undermine our democracy by taking any action to overturn the will of the American people.
The actions of these legislators were not in the furtherance of democracy but simply an attempt to continue the lies and conspiracy theories that they feel will provide them with some perverse advantage with the supporters of this disgraced president. These people do not deserve to represent the people of the U.S. and should be removed.

There are two Congress members that have shamed our state by participating in this charade of patriotism: Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn.

I hope you recognize their attempts to undermine our government and will remove them at the earliest possible opportunity.

Dennis Berry, Boulder

Rep. Boebert should not be allowed to possess a firearm in the chambers. She is a Trump supporter, a conspiracy believer, and has voiced belief in QAnon, and it’s not clear what side she would be on if the Capitol is attacked again.

John F. Schieving, Denver

Re: “Boebert’s first week in Congress … ,” Jan. 13 news story

“As the rioters closed in, she tweeted updates, leading to specious allegations she was aiding the riots.” This quote appeared in the front-page story about Boebert and the controversies that have surrounded her since her arrival in Washington.

“Specious” is defined as being superficially plausible but actually wrong. The Post reporter who wrote this story and the editor(s) who reviewed the story before it was printed apparently hold the opinion that the allegations that Boebert’s tweets aided the rioters are inaccurate. This had no business being anywhere in the newspaper other than on The Post’s op-ed pages.

The Post does a good job of presenting fairly on its pp-ed pages opinions from conservatives, liberals and others. Nonetheless, one of our major problems in this country currently is that the news media continues to blur the line between fact and opinion. Post reporters need to stick to the facts and keep their opinions to themselves when reporting a story.

James Allen Scott, Denver

Coming to grips with the state of the Republican Party

Re: “If Trump lingers, GOP will need to split and rebuild,” Jan. 10 commentary

On election eve in 1980, the newly elected president and Republican icon, Ronald Reagan, referred to America as “a shining city upon a hill.” Forty years later in America, something is shining on the hill all right, but it is the reflection from an abyssal and malodorous cesspool dug and filled to the brim by Donald Trump and his Republican Party.

And just three months ago, with her mind-numbing second-term endorsement of Trump, stood Krista Kafer on the side of the pool, dumping her bucket of muck into the effluent. But now, Kafer has had a death bed conversion of sorts. However, the death bed was not hers but rather that of a Capitol Hill cop murdered by the seditious mob sent to the Hill by Donald J. Trump.

I guess now she expects us to believe that she has seen the light and that picking conservative judges and deregulation is in no way justification for four years of mendacity, authoritarianism, racism, and the near destruction of American democracy. I’m sorry, Kafer, but I’m not buying your risible change of heart. As the old saying goes, I was born at night, but not last night.

Bruce D. Mendelson, Highlands Ranch

Republicans who don’t support Trump should rebrand themselves as the “Lincoln Party” to differentiate themselves from the extremist party overtaken by him and signal a commitment to democracy, inclusiveness, and decency. Republican congress members should leave the Republican Party and vote as independents while this new party takes shape.

Karen Mohr, Aspen

Kafer says in her column that voting for Donald Trump was like eating a cookie that fell on the floor. I don’t think the analogy is remotely close to being accurate. Voting for Trump and any of his enablers was more like eating a cookie that was fished out of a cesspool.

Jim Blugerman, Georgetown

I appreciate Krista Kafer’s sincerity and honesty. Unlike George Brauchler, she writes to promote issues, not herself. In her Sunday column, she spotlights the biggest question I’ve had for the past several years: Why did people with legitimate conservative views continue to support Trump long after they knew (or should have known) that his character deficiencies and erratic actions were divisive and dangerous? And more specifically, how did Trump get so many votes in the recent election?

It’s scary to think that voters are willing to risk the very foundations of our system to put into the presidency a person whose values and motivations are so obviously at odds with the spirit of that system. It’s sad to see how naive they were to think that Trump could score policy wins without damaging the very system that protects everyone’s ability to have and argue about divergent policy goals. And it’s frustrating to see how slowly and belatedly so many Republican elected officials and voters are having second thoughts about having supported him for so long.

I hope we can do better now.

Steve Norris, Denver

As I read Kafer’s article, I was watching “An American President”, an old movie promoting Clinton and the Democratic Party. Even then, the issues tossed about were character and values.

In the last two elections, my main question was, “Is this the best the two parties can do for presidential candidates?” In each election, I was told to just look at the policies, not the person. But you cannot separate character from policy and values. The Democratic Party has abandoned any loyalty to the founding principles of this nation. The Republican Party has no idea how to implement basic principles of the Constitution, if they understand them.

If there is a viable political alternative in the future, I will consider it. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have my support at this time and must show trustworthiness before I would even consider listening to them.

God help our nation and our people.

Sudie E. Speer, Aurora

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