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Letters: Another proposition rejected for schools, roads (11/10/19)

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Another proposition rejected for schools, roads

Re: “Push to end TABOR refunds doesn’t pass,” Nov. 6 news story

Great to see that Proposition CC was voted down. After seeing my property taxes increase by $900 in two years, I’m wondering why there’s never enough money for state spending. But then I remember that progressive Jared Polis is governor, Democrats are in control of the House and Senate and taxes are never high enough. Being retired, $900 is real money to me. Sure don’t want Colorado to be like California.

Paul Leinhos, Westminster


It never ceases to amaze me that people will vote against any issue regarding taxes but support any issue dealing with gambling and casinos. People would rather go to Central City and Black Hawk to dump their hard-earned money into the hands of millionaires running the casinos than pay taxes for street maintenance and schools. Wow! The federal government and the states are missing something — they should just open federally owned casinos in every city and do away with taxes altogether. Never mind that those making the casino owners rich are middle class and minimum wage earners. Wealthy people don’t throw their money that way.

Shirley Schley, Denver


Do most Colorado voters really understand they just voted to get less than $100 per year in tax refunds instead of providing our state with hundreds of millions of dollars to use for transportation projects and support for education, both K-12 and higher ed?

Did any parents not vote, believing that our schools don’t need additional funding for added security, mental health support, added technology, and cost of living increases? Tuition for higher education was funded by significantly greater taxpayer support, and now it’s paid with student debt.

Widening highways with tolls sounds good until you realize that people resent that alternative. The Koch Brothers, Jon Caldara and the Independence Institute, and the continued drumbeat of anti-taxation did it again. We “coulda and shoulda” supported children and struggling families, but didn’t. For what?

Mark Zaitz, Denver


Re: “TABOR’s sanctity isn’t why Prop. CC failed,” Nov. 7 commentary

Doug Friednash’s ivory tower analysis of CC begs an important question. Is there a bipartisan interest in fixing anything in TABOR?

Short of an outright repeal of TABOR or inserting into TABOR arbitrary government fee caps, I would hope there is serious interest in revising the constitutional language on property assessments that is deeply embedded within TABOR. It is especially hurting rural property tax-dependent local governments and cries out for relief.

Serious minds, both within and outside of the Capitol, and on either side of TABOR, should attend to this particular problem. It is complicated, politically difficult, and hard to explain. But, it is harboring real fiscal impacts at the local level and is exactly why this part of TABOR alone is a prime candidate for scrutiny.

Sam Mamet, Denver


Whistleblowers, witnesses and book deals

After listening to all the witnesses who came in front of the private House Intelligence Committee hearings, the Republicans now know exactly what each of the witnesses will testify in the public hearings.


Wow! This is a magnificent “do-over.” It’s like a football coach who knows the game plan of his opponent in advance of the game.

Now the Republicans can focus their time on collecting dirt, preparing disparaging information to discredit each witness and have a perfect cross-examination prepared. They don’t have to worry about what the witness may testify — they already know.

I’m afraid that unleashing the Trump dogs — loaded with the knowledge of what each witness will testify — will drown out the facts and turn these public hearings into a circus that will reflect badly on the Democrats.

Curt Anderson, Broomfield


A whistleblower’s identity is scrupulously guarded by federal law, and with good reason — to prevent any retaliation for coming forward and reporting misdeeds in government. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky appeared at a Trump rally and called out to the media to determine and make public the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower.

Where is this country headed when a U.S. Senator publicly calls for a violation of federal law at a political rally?

Richard Everstine, Greenwood Village


Having grown up during the Cold War, I never thought I’d see the day when a Republican administration’s policies did so much to further Russian interests at the expense of our own. Will our “pinko” Republican representatives courageously and patriotically stand up and impeach a president who is eroding our international standing and tilting the world toward Russian dominance? Or will they choose party over country for political gain?

Karen Mohr, Denver


Re: “Trump plugs son’s book while accusing Bidens of self-dealing,” Nov. 5 news story

Quite amazing that any rational American believes President Trump anymore. He is always screeching about “fake news.” He goes to rallies and rants about “corrupt Democrats,” then goes back to Washington and tweets out hypocrisy that enriches his family. His followers and many GOP politicians apparently have lost the backbone to criticize him.

Jeff Baysinger, Lakewood


When being right can feel so wrong

I like to be right. In fact, as a bleeding-heart liberal, I and my like-minded compatriots may actually need to be right. Or at least we think we need to be right. In these desperate times in which we hold those on the other side (which is, of course, the wrong side) in such vile contempt, we may discover, if we are willing to look inside, that being right, whether we win or lose the political argument, is not a path to happiness, or peace, or the world of compassionate kindness liberals hope to foster.

The past three years have been marked by anxiety, frustration and anger — none of which contributes to bringing happiness to my life or to the lives of those around me. It is no stretch of credulity to believe the same is true for those on the other side. Clutching our beliefs as weapons of disdain, we are relentless against any who stand in our righteous path. We continue to sow the seeds of discontent, which can only take root and exacerbate the world of rancorous contempt in which we writhe.

Our task is not to plow ahead no matter the cost. It is to create, cultivate, and nurture a win-win future in which all, even ardent foes, can feel they have been heard and treated with respect.

“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” said Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Dale Morris Lee, Denver


The needs of our seniors

Re: “1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggles with bills,” Nov. 5 news story

Yeah, I’m turning 65 next year. Can’t wait to go broke trying to make ends meet with Medicare coverage. I worked 40 plus years paying into a system that will, at some point, kill me. Yes, I can afford supplemental insurance at this point, but sometime in the future, I may not be able to because of deteriorating health as I age. Maybe Congress and the Senate can stop playing around and address the needs of our seniors without killing the middle class with taxes and fees to cover the lazy good-for-nothings that drain our coffers. But that’s a whole different editorial. God bless America and maybe, just maybe, He will guide us too.

Richard Gianzero, Thornton


Coors endangered?

Re: “Question remains: Why pick Chicago?” Nov. 3 news story

This is a very typical “corporate” strategy. Often these types of “deals” do not make sense. Sears is an example. They were the largest at one time. The corporate gurus borrowed lots of money and paid themselves big bonuses. Did stupid thing after stupid thing. How is Sears doing? Coors has now become a short-term commodity and will become irrelevant within 20 or so years. Short-term thinking produces long-term disaster. Goodbye, Coors.

Mike Enright, Denver


No justice in partisan courts

It is an overworked and worn out pretense that the U.S. Supreme Court is not partisan. The partisan divide has been stark since Bush vs. Gore in 2000, when five Republican justices outvoted the four Democrats and effectively threw the presidential election to George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote.

Nobody is fooled by Chief Justice John Roberts’ declaration last year that there are no Trump or Obama judges, or Clinton or Bush judges. The Supreme Court, in particular, is meant to be partisan by the senators and presidents who put the justices on the court. Perhaps never more so than now.

That’s why Republican senators barred President Barack Obama from filling a “Republican” seat after Justice Antonin Scalia died. President Donald Trump will leave a legacy of incompetence, corruption, and dysfunction, and also a solidly Republican judiciary, spelling trouble for individual and voting rights, the environment, and, perhaps, the separation of powers.

Some Democrats call for adding more seats onto the Supreme Court to balance things out. That will only pack more partisanship onto the court.

It would be better to amend the Constitution to limit how long federal judges may serve, say 10 years. In a democracy, no unelected judge or justice should hold power for life.

Peter F. Munger, Arvada

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