Letters to the Editor

Bennet makes me proud

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Senator Bennet for standing up for health care reform. I was really proud to hear Michael say what so many of us wished all our legislators would say ... that losing his Senate seat pales in comparison to the thousands of people that are dying every month from the failure of our broken health care system.

Concrete advice on a career

Dear Editor,

In the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, is told that his future after his graduation from college could be found in one word — “plastics.”

Discretion is the better part of valor; therefore I'm no longer a candidate for governor

Dear Friends,

As you have no doubt heard, I made the difficult choice to leave the race for governor — a race that me, my family, my team and so many supporters poured our hearts and souls into for nearly six months. Politics being what it is, some yahoo got word of my decision and decided to tell the Washington Post before I could tell many of my closest friends — or even my employer at Home Loan and Investment, Company. Needless to say, I’ll be on the phone all day for a couple days saying, with all the sincerity of a grateful heart, thank you to those who stood with us.

Penry opens door, McInnis walks through

Dear Friends,

As many of you have heard, Josh Penry decided this week to leave the race for governor. We realize the importance of this decision and the impact on our campaign. Josh has opened the door, enabling a renewed party unification and the opportunity to heal old wounds. It is incumbent on our campaign to walk through that door.

Our current governor must be getting a laugh out of watching the Republican circular firing squad

Dear Editor,

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman missed an opportunity to provide some healing with regards to his guest column on state Sen. Josh Penry and House Bill 1317. I respect the work the freshman congressman is doing in Washington. However, his effort to tie Penry and the governor together as the evildoers falls back into the politics that continue to divide the Republican Party over this issue. Our current governor must be getting a laugh out of watching the Republican circular firing squad.

Army already owns underutilized training sites

Dear Editor,

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman criticized gubernatorial candidate Josh Penry for his position on Piñon Canyon expansion in the Oct. 23 issue of The Colorado Statesman. Coffman’s arguments rest on two points — that the Piñon Canyon expansion is necessary to properly train our troops, and that the Army would not use eminent domain to expand Piñon Canyon.

Coffman wrong on Piñon Canyon

Dear Editor,

Congressman Mike Coffman is accusing gubernatorial candidate and state Senator Josh Penry of being anti-military. As proof, he puts forward Penry’s vote for HB 1317, a bill that prohibits the State Land Board from selling school designated sections to the Army for the purpose of expanding the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.

Where does Governor Ritter stand?

Dear Gov. Ritter,

At a recent meeting of the Transportation Legislation Review Committee (TLRC), the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented its plan — known as the Colorado Transportation Blueprint for the New Energy Economy — to meet transportation needs, minimize climate impact and achieve energy independence. While these are all noble intentions, the means they propose to achieve these goals are radical and costly, and should be worrisome to all Coloradans.

Cap and trade is already outmoded

Dear Editor,

As Congress pursues climate control legislation, there’s concern that if the U.S. acts to reduce carbon emissions without like commitments from other nations, we’ll lose competitiveness in world markets, send jobs overseas and make no real difference in climate change.

Coffman apology for impugning Penry’s patriotism is 'smart and proper'

Dear Editor,

Congressman Mike Coffman has done a smart and proper thing. Less than two weeks after questioning the motives of gubernatorial candidate Josh Penry in supporting the property rights of ranchers in southeastern Colorado in their four-year-long battle with the Army, he has issued an apology.