Letters to the Editor

Coffman: I apologize to Josh Penry

Dear Editor,

State Sen. Ted Harvey stated recently in an editorial published by The Colorado Statesman that it was wrong for me to have questioned the motives for state Sen. Josh Penry’s support of legislation, passed by the Colorado General Assembly, that permanently bars the U.S. Army from expanding its training areas at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). Harvey also co-sponsored the legislation.

Having served in both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, I know that predeployment combat training plays a critical role in unit preparedness for the battlefield. Having been responsible for the lives of subordinate Marines in combat, this need strikes an emotional chord with me.

However, I made the classic mistake of a combat veteran, confusing those emotions with the motives of others who may differ on military matters but who care as deeply as I do about the men and women who serve our nation in uniform. For that, I apologize to Josh Penry.

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman
6th Congressional District