Denver parks staff is hard at play
Thank you, to the Denver Parks and Recreation staff. Our parks are rich playgrounds for young and old. No better tonic than the sights and sounds of children, families and older adults at play.
David L. Stevenson, Denver
Gun research for what end?
Re: “Colorado doctors need research to help prevent gun deaths,” June 13 commentary
Christina Reimer’s plea for more research on gun violence paints a very moving and personal picture of the issue, but nowhere in her column does she make the case that a deeper study of it will lead to any more workable solutions than those already advocated by the gun control lobby. The methodology of the research she is advocating isn’t clearly stated, nor does she indicate how the data might be used to reduce the number of gunshot victims pouring into emergency rooms. From the tenor of her commentary, I assume that the information she and her colleagues are seeking is social, rather than medical
Perhaps continuing medical research might provide better outcomes for gunshot victims and more psychological research might allow us to intervene in and prevent many of the social situations that lead to gunfire. I can think of no constituency that would not favor such. But reading and re-reading Reimer’s comments, I’m led to believe that she sees gun violence research as a more palatable euphemism for gun control.
I have the sense that spending scarce dollars studying the social aspects of gun violence will simply lead to future gun control proposals being prefaced by the phrase “research has shown that—.” An expensive, and likely not very effective, bit of leverage.
George Zepernick, Denver
Hick’s failing economic system
Re: “Hickenlooper targets socialism, Sanders,” June 14 news story
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper has a point when he says that “socialism” is not yet an election winner for 2020. And he called for American capitalism to be reformed. But, unfortunately, he did not tell us what that will mean.
The progress, which the working and middle classes made in America because of the Progressive Era and the New Deal, has been erased over the past 30 years. Income and wealth distribution in this country now resembles that which existed in the era of the “Robber Barons” in the late 19th century.The failure, by the Democrats, to preserve the living standards of the lower class drove those people, out of desperation, into the arms of Donald Trump.
So please, Hickenlooper, tell us how you are going to reform an economic system in which the top 5 percent of Americans now control 68 percent of the nation’s wealth while the bottom 60 percent shares all of 2 percent.
Guy Wroble, Denver