Letters to the Editor

Coffman owes an apology to the many men and women of Colorado who have honorably served our country

Dear Editor,

I was disappointed to read the Oct. 23 guest column by Congressman Mike Coffman (“Penry, HB 1317 shortchange America’s troops”), in which he suggested that those of us in the state Senate who supported House Bill 1317 did so “based on a political calculation, and without regard for the men and women in uniform.”

Let me be clear. I can personally assure you that I am not anti-military, and any suggestion to the contrary is disingenuous at best and an outright lie at worst.

I’ve lived, worked with, and served the folks of southeast Colorado my whole life. I personally know a number of farmers and ranchers in these parts who have honorably served our nation in uniform, and who are just as concerned about the federal government using eminent domain to condemn private property as I am.

I certainly don’t expect Coffman to apologize to me or any of my colleagues in the Senate that he so gratuitously insulted in his op-ed, but he most certainly owes an apology to the many men and women of southeast Colorado who have honorably served our country in defense of our rights and freedoms — including the right to private property.

Sincerely,
Sen. Kenneth Kester
R-Las Animas