Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

Pro-life Republican candidates need to speak up

Dear Editor,

After reading The Colorado Statesman’s Oct. 16 article, “Knock, knock! Who’s there? Not McInnis!” by Jason Kosena, I felt compelled to write about the section of the article subtitled “What about abortion?”

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.”

McInnis is on the wrong side of Western values when it comes to Piñon Canyon and eminent domain

To the men and women of the Armed Forces:

Thank you for your service. Thank you for having the courage to move to the sound of the guns for your country. Further, the Army’s own study (“Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site Community Research,” July 2008) confirms that the ranchers and farmers of southeast Colorado also thank you and understand the importance of training for combat. This is not about you.