Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Only 1 out of 5 state employees are considering a change in employment

Dear Editor,

In Miller Hudson's guest column in your Dec. 16 issue regarding the Administration’s recent survey of state employees, Mr. Hudson incorrectly interpreted and reported survey findings. The survey indicated that 58 percent of state employees are NOT seriously considering leaving state government employment in the next 12 months. Rather, 22 percent are considering such a change in employment. Mr. Hudson errantly reversed these findings.

LETTER: Americans Elect isn’t the only third party in town

Dear Editor,

You did a big disservice to the state of Colorado when you chose not to objectively provide complete information about political parties in our state in one of your Dec. 9 articles. In the story titled “Americans Elect offers presidential alternative to Colorado voters,” you shirked journalistic responsibility when you did not include at least one paragraph in your 17-paragraph article about Colorado’s existing minor or third parties.

LETTER: Establishment — the new dirty word in politics?

Dear Editor,

The word establishment has taken on a new meaning. People are now accused of being establishment, as though it is evil, the word itself is whispered in the dark hallways of established grass roots organizations and other establishments, GOP headquarters all across the country. This new evil applied to a word piqued my curiosity, so I looked it up just as I would any dirty word.

LETTER: Popularity of third party candidates is rising

Dear Editor,

Peter Marcus’ balanced article on Americans Elect (AE) references Gov. Lamm and Rep. Tancredo both worrying that AE will pull votes from their respective parties. Neither considers that the time may be right for AE to win the White House outright.

LETTER: Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez must be dreaming if he thinks the DREAM Act is the answer

Dear Editor,

So Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez at a roundtable urged visiting Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis “to tell her boss (President Obama) to enact the measure (the DREAM Act) with the stroke of a pen.” (Statesman, Dec. 2, 2011).

LETTER: Reapportionment Commission Chair Mario Carrera: You have failed

Chairman Carrera,

I have stayed largely quiet during the course of the reapportionment commission proceedings, publicly expressing my hopes for a fair process. While I am completely shocked at the way in which you conducted yourself during the final meetings of the commission, I am appalled after reading the Denver Post article this morning in which responsibility for the commission’s unfair process was laid at the feet of non-partisan legislative staff.

LETTER: The other side of the story from Commissioner Mario Carerra

Dear Rep. McNulty:

Thank you for taking the time to write to me yesterday. While I believe you would agree that many of your colleagues have maintained a public distance from these proceedings, no one would suggest that our elected officials had a detached interest in the business before the Colorado Reapportionment Commission. You are no doubt aware that I was in regular communication with your appointed Commission member, former Rep. Rob Witwer and through my frequent meetings, calls and e-mail communications with your appointee, I am confident that you will have a great appreciation for the Commission’s work. However, I respectfully disagree with the conclusions you reach in your letter.

LETTER: Memories of Sand Creek Massacre hard to forget

Dear Editor,

For many years I have been honored to attend the early morning Sand Creek Memorial Services at Riverside Cemetery on the Northern edge of Denver on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year marks the 147th anniversary of the massacre at the Sand Creek site in Southeast Colorado, a few miles from Eads, where Col. John M. Chivington ordered troops to murder women and children in the Camp of Black Kettle whose tent flew the American flag. It’s always cold at Riverside, and I think those unkempt grey and white soldier stones amplify the bitter cold.

LETTER: Personhood article leaves reporter with egg on his face

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your article in the Nov. 25 issue on the personhood amendment. We would like to ask for a few corrections. First, you claim that our amendment would “legally define a fertilized egg as a person,” which is not true. This amendment does not mention eggs, or afford any rights to eggs. It says that all human beings should be recognized as people. And scientifically, a zygote is classified as a human being. You can use the terms “zygote” or “embryo,” but if you look at the Carnegie Stages of Human Development (which is an internationally recognized standard), you will see that there is no such stage of human development titled “fertilized egg.” In fact, some of the leading experts in the field of human embryology have explained that the term is “better reserved for the breakfast table” and “inaccurate.”

LETTER: Fracking proponents need to give us some answers

Dear Editor,

There is a lot to Mother Earth but, other than stuff we rocket into outer space, humanity can’t destroy matter, only change it in form. H2O is abundant. A river of snowmelt can evaporate on lawns to create clouds, so to speak.
Fracking to obtain trapped fossil fuels can take surface water or glacier-formed underground supplies and make that natural-resource unsuitable for natural-recycling,

trapping it below the Earth crust, dirty-and-lost to the eco-chain of environmental evolution.