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Letters: The al-Baghdadi mission was a success despite Trump (11/9/19)

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The al-Baghdadi mission was a success despite Trump

Re: “In defense of President Trump,” Nov. 3 letter to the editor

You published a letter writer’s thoughts that President Donald Trump shows superior decision-making skills compared with former President Barack Obama since he gave the green light to special forces to take out al-Baghdadi.


What he does not mention is that Trump almost destroyed the chances of a successful operation because he pulled out the rug on the Kurds who were playing an integral role in the al-Baghdadi operation.

Consequently, the operation succeeded in spite of Trump, not because of him. Inexplicably, the letter writer also tried to denigrate Obama because special forces built a model of Osama bin Laden’s compound for SEAL Team 6 to practice on. News flash: Practicing on this model of the compound is what helped to save the whole operation despite losing a helicopter.

Thomas Clouser, Thornton


Give Gen-Z some space and trust

Re: “Tracking apps help parents watch their kids at college,” Oct. 28 business story

Tracking applications like Life360 are, by no means, new to the tech market. Even the popular social multimedia platform Snapchat introduced “Snap Map,” which shares your location with friends of your choosing. But there’s a line between enhanced connection and privacy invasion, and I think we’d best be careful not to cross it, especially with Gen-Z.

I’m not suggesting there’s a correct way to parent. Every parent has a right to their own style. Instead, my concern regards the mentality we create in college students — our newest legal adults — when we demonstrate mistrust through the use of tracking apps.

The truth is, Generation Z is shaped by more than technology. Gen-Z is shaped by stress and anxiety. This new generation faces regular run-ins with judgment, comparison and conflicts in self-worth. In fact, the 2018 Stress in America survey (conducted by the American Psychological Association) reported that 91% of Gen-Z has physical or emotional symptoms of stress.

Now think of college, a time for personal growth and learning from mistakes. Imagine how much harder we make college when we monitor our child’s every move, thereby adding to the judgment and comparison they already face. Imagine how we impact their self-worth by implying our dubiety in their decision-making.

Yes, parents. You may be keeping your children safe. But before you turn those tracking apps into a full-time affair, I ask you to consider whether it’s in the best interest for your child.

Carly Compesi, Denver


No fan of cable provider

Re: “Colorado AG investigating if customers were overcharged,” Nov. 2 news story

So the attorney general’s office is dipping its toe into the financial skirmish between Altitude Sports and the broadcast outlets, looking for possible deceptive trade practices. I’m wondering if it’s also a deceptive trade practice when my cable provider requires that I buy a package of channels to get those I want, locks me into a multiyear payment agreement, then moves those channels to a higher-priced tier or special package without reimbursement or price reduction for the term of the contract?

Stephen Gould, Aurora


A needed reminder on racism

Re: “Blacks have long suffered racism at CU Boulder,” Oct. 20 commentary

On Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Perspective section, a column appeared that was written by a black graduate student at CU, Lauren Jade Arnold, who is already a remarkable writer, and I wish that the column could be read by all persons, everywhere. It is strong, warm, honest, powerful and important. It reminds everyone, like me, that racism did not end in 1865, and that it remains shockingly pervasive today. It artistically told all of us how difficult, and terrible, it is to be a victim of racism. If I could meet with Lauren Jade Arnold, I would hold her hand, pat her back, hug her shoulders, congratulate her and thank her for her skill, insight and depth. I have copied her column and will treasure it. Thank you for printing it.

William Ziegler, Denver

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