Letters to the Editor

Benson’s CU leadership offers great promise

Dear Editor:

As you might remember, I was a critic of Bruce Benson’s initial appointment.

But too often in our time, citizens and others feel license to offer nothing but criticism of our leaders once they are in office. But in the person of Colorado University President Bruce Benson we have a leader that, so far, is well worth praising.

Benson has thus far proved to be both visionary and action-oriented. He has demonstrated a grasp of the possibilities of his office.

Chris Romer borrows Tom Sawyer’s whitewash

Dear Editor,

Tom Sawyer and Colorado Senator Chris Romer share something. Both know how to whitewash the facts. Both know how to get someone else to work or pay for their responsibilities. Both know how to make sure they are not responsible for their actions.

Guv should veto HB 1274 and allow public discourse on death penalty

Dear Editor,

As a former police officer and public servant, I feel compelled to speak out and encourage Governor Ritter to veto House Bill 1274, which would have the effect of doing away with the death penalty in Colorado.

Paper voting errors more easily tracked

Dear Editor,

The Colorado Election Reform Commission (CERC), consisting of 11 voluntary but hard-working appointees, has a new report to the Colorado Legislature that “seeks to look forward.” The CERC report is, in fact, looking backwards, continuing to respond to a heavily federally funded mandate known as the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

An open letter to members of the Election Reform Commission

Dear Election Reform Commissioner,

For the Election Reform Commission to take action without first addressing the widespread corruption in Colorado’s election system would compromise the integrity of the commission itself. To ignore the corruption would signify that the commissioners were uninformed or, if informed, inattentive to those aspects of the election system that most affect voter confidence.

Don’t burden business with health care woes

Dear Editor,

In a letter to The Colorado Statesman on Feb. 6, the Colorado director of the National Federation of Independent Business, Tony Gagliardi, observes that forcing Colorado’s small businesses to purchase health insurance for their employees would bankrupt many businesses. Health Care for All Colorado agrees.

El Paso County GOP election sends clear message

Dear Statesman,

I enjoyed your recent article on Kay Rendleman’s campaign for the El Paso County Republican Party chair. (“El Paso County GOP factions grapple over leadership,” Jan. 30).

Acting COGCC head has got to go

State Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, delivered this letter to Gov. Bill Ritter on Dec. 15.

Dear Gov. Ritter,

There is mounting evidence that sweeping new rules regulating oil and gas exploration will make an already deteriorating economic environment in Colorado’s natural gas industry drastically worse.

It’s time for Republicans to condemn Lamborn’s tactics

Dear Editor,

I write you today to ask you to join me in condemning the tactics of Doug Lamborn in his campaign for re-election to Congress.

Many of you may remember two years ago, when Doug’s campaign employed below-the-belt tactics (labeled “sleazy” by Joel Hefley) in order to win election. I heard from many voters who regretted voting early for Doug and wished they could take their votes back.

Please don’t make the same mistake again in 2008.