Letters to the Editor

The underlying protectionism by the state legislature is a clear violation of the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution

Dear Editor,

In your July 9, 2010 article, “Lawsuit filed over recent Internet sales tax bill,” Rep. Jack Pommer mistakenly tries to connect Direct Marketing Association’s work on federal privacy legislation with DMA’s lawsuit against Colorado over the new law requiring retailers to report consumers’ online purchases to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

An honest effort is needed even in the Internet age

Dear Editor,

The recent discovery of the plagiarism committed by GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis over 20 years ago, bears out just how the “Internet Age” makes it easier to catch plagiarisms.

A story several years ago on NPR’s All Things Considered profiled a University of Virginia professor’s new innovation to catch Internet cheaters — a search engine that can locate patterns of phrasing and match them to other works. The device has already turned up a number of cheaters not only in academia, but also in other areas of our lives, e.g. the 2010 Governors race!

Reality doesn’t seem to be a word found in my critic’s vocabulary

Dear Colorado,

Dana Milbank got my name right — but that’s about it.

Government: Go after large corporations

Dear Editor,

I am appalled by the current lack of regulation across multiple industrial and financial sectors. We are all well aware of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and lack of regulation in the oil industry.

Please, Doug Bruce must be stopped!

Dear Editor,

The city of Colorado Springs is the adopted hometown of right-wing crusader Doug Bruce. Thanks in part to local ballot initiatives sponsored by Bruce, restrictions on the ability of the city to meet basic needs have seriously harmed Colorado Springs — and adversely impacted the quality of life of every resident. The area’s chronic shortfalls for basic services like health inspectors, police and fire, and even street lights have repeatedly made national news.

AG says he’s not motivated by politics but his own words show otherwise

Dear Editor,

In a recent debate hosted by CU and DU law schools, Attorney General John Suthers defended “his practice of filing amicus briefs in support of one side or another in lawsuits not involving Colorado.”

Political consultants need to remember that no economy has ever been hurt by tax relief

Dear Editor,

On May 24, 2010, Rick Reiter, head of the campaign opposing the three tax relief ballot issues, said in a Grand Junction Sentinel article by Charles Ashby, “these three measures combined are going to cost almost 100,000 jobs.” He added, “Those job aren’t government ones, but private sector positions.”

The 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition has not endorsed candidates — and will not

Dear Editor,

9.12 Project members who nominated or seconded candidates at the Republican District and State Assemblies do not speak for The 9-12 Project group to which they belong, or for any of the other groups in our coalition. The 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition is a volunteer-based, non-partisan collection of grassroots groups focused on building and uniting our communities around 9 American Principles and 12 universal values.

It wasn’t our campaign issue that was such a dud, just your coverage

Dear Editor,

The story in last week’s Statesman (“Romanoff fires ‘Westwood bullet’ at Bennet, but record suggests it’s a dud”) is a mosaic of near-facts, smoothly and cynically crafted by the Bennet campaign, as well as by the senator himself. As cited in the excerpts below, there is a willful attempt to confuse Westwood-style financing with traditional student loans, thus avoiding the issue at hand.

Colorado Council of Churches should give up its tax-exempt status

Dear Editor,

The Colorado Council of Churches wrote a letter to the editor urging the support of legislation to increase taxes to spend more on education using the sin of “Coveting thy neighbor” as an excuse. They cite the per-pupil spending as an indication of how bad Colorado is, yet ignore the top per-pupil spending in our nation’s Capitol, Washington D.C., with the most consistent and worst academic record.