No unity in the analysis of Mueller testimony
Wednesday was the final straw for me. The Republicans’ astounding conspiracy nonsense and disrespect for Robert Mueller’s diligent work on the Russian investigation with its implication for the sitting president went beyond partisanship to anti-American in this independent voter’s mind. The cooperation that was accepted by the Trump campaign team and efforts to garner personal benefit from foreign powers needs to be soundly slapped down.
It is time for impeachment hearings. The behavior exhibited by this seemingly lawless administration will distort our democratic institutions. Enough is really enough. Congresswoman Diana DeGette must work to impeach him, serve those subpoenas and get to the bottom of this mess. No five minute grandstanding, get professionals in for the questioning. This is too important. This is about the integrity of our system of governance.
Harriet Burandt, Denver
Of course, and not surprisingly, the media is misrepresenting the Mueller testimony because of Trump hate. I watched most of it on and off throughout the day. It was painful to watch Mueller. It was very apparent that he was not in control of the investigation but delegated it to his team who were anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton. One team member had even contributed to Clinton’s campaign. Check that out, along with Peter Strzok’s involvement in the investigation.
Face it media: The Russia-Russia-Russia investigation is over but the left will continue to beat a dead horse much to their detriment in the 2020 campaign.
Kay Robbins, Denver
“Just the facts, ma’am.”
I watched Robert Mueller Wednesday while members of two Congressional committees questioned (grilled?) him. His answers were clipped, to the point, and without any hint of emotion. He was Sgt. Joe Friday incarnate. (For those not familiar with the name, please Google it.)
Going in, Mueller’s position was that he would stay within the bounds of his report with his answers. And he did.The man’s a rock. Many men his age have already found comfort in their armchairs. They sit on the sidelines, their opinions settled and their minds made up, waiting for the “menace” to pass.
Denise F. Ludwig, Colorado Springs
Want to thank Rep. Ken Buck, (there’s something I never thought I’d say) for sticking his ill-informed foot into his ill-informed mouth. At Mueller’s testimony Wednesday, Buck thought he was going for one thing and ended up getting just the answer he didn’t want/expect. Bottom line, Ken. Thanks for your reassurance that once Trump is out of office, he can (and hopefully will be) charged with obstruction of justice. Keep up the good work, Ken!
Denis Gessing, Castle Rock
Having watched the entire Mueller hearings Wednesday, I came to the same conclusion as Speaker Nancy Pelosi: impeachment at this point is a fool’s errand.
There may not be enough votes in the House to impeach, and there are certainly not enough votes in the Senate to remove.
I shudder at the image of Trump standing outside the White House yelling that he has been “exonerated” by Congress and Mueller.
Pelosi understands that Americans’ concerns are making ends meet, affording health care/prescriptions, paying down student loan debt and, yes, immigration.
Democrats should now focus on 2020, but here is where they are getting it wrong:
1) Immigration: Free healthcare for illegal migrants, decriminalizing illegal entry and accepting all asylum seekers at the Mexico border are all losing issues.
2) Medicare for all: doing away with private insurance is a deal-breaker.
3) Free college for all: There are many solutions, but also multiple fairness issues, considering the majority of Americans do not go to college.
4) Slavery reparations: losing issue.
John W. Thomas, Fort Collins
Golf course deal not done in our best interests
Re: “Former golf course property sells for $24M,” July 12 news story
While the purchase of the Park Hill Golf Course property has already slipped through the fingers of Mayor Hancock and the Denver City Council, it still is relevant to call out this major “missed opportunity.” How often does a municipality have the opportunity to acquire such a major piece of open space/undeveloped land?
This mistake (or was it done on purpose) is especially disheartening given the pace and volume of new construction in Denver. There are a number of “could have been” alternatives for Denver city government to consider, including maintaining the golf course or partial open space/park with the balance as attainable housing.
Mayor Hancock and the City Council really blew a golden opportunity to interject some relief into the out-of-control development pressure.
Bill Christopher, Westminster
As a member of the Park Hill Golf Course Citizens’ Committee, recruited to provide “citizen input” as to the future of the PHGC land, I can tell you this was not an open process. It was run by lawyers from the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm and also the lobbyist firm CRL Associates, Inc.
What citizens wanted was not respected or even considered in this process.
My fellow Denverites, we need to speak up for the future of our city. Who owns Denver? Taxpaying citizens or the special interest groups who will move elsewhere once Denver is a concrete jungle?
Georgia Garnsey, Denver
Recall efforts: noble or spiteful?
In a request for donations to fight recall efforts, Gov. Jared Polis states, “They (the Republicans) couldn’t win at the polls last year, so they want a do-over — taking advantage of our state law in an attempt to undo the will of the voters.” And, “Let’s be clear: this is an effort to turn democracy on its head and roll back the progress we’ve made. We can’t let it work.”
But wait. Isn’t this exactly what the Democrats want to do with the president. He was duly and legally elected, so Polis signed a law to do away with the Electoral College. “They (the Democrats) couldn’t win at the polls…” so let’s change the rules. Let’s “…undo the will of the voters.” A recall petition is legal and allowed and has some pretty strict rules to go forward
Polis, if the “progress we’ve made…” is so wonderful, why is a petition even needed? If you are so sure everyone loves what you have done, why do you need money to fight recall? Why are you even worried about a recall? And please answer this one. Why is a legal petition that has followed all the rules and has been certified by your secretary of state “… an effort to turn democracy on its head…”? But then I am a Republican that has signed that petition, and I can recognize hypocrisy.
Roger Weed, Colorado Springs
Re: “Decline to sign recall petitions this summer,” July 21 editorial
Contrary to the Post’s editorial discouraging voters from signing the various recall petitions being circulated, I’d like to explain why it is our duty to sign them. Early on, it became clear that the Democrats in Colorado’s legislature were acting with complete disregard to citizen demands and good governance.
Indeed, a quote of Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg from a Post article in May confirms this: “There is no question this is a very productive session — whether you agree with what we did or not.” To quote Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” The petitions being circulated are our screams against the oppression felt among Colorado’s citizens.
Stephen Holben, Lakewood
As an American, I have the right to do as I see fit; so does Jared Polis. He signed the red flag bill; therefore, I — and plenty like me — will keep him accountable for his actions.
Red flag legislation was a law for the public to vote on, not just for the legislature to add. Period.
Jeffrey P. McDowell, Penrose
Recall elections should be used when an elected official does something illegal or otherwise shows that they are unfit to serve. Unfortunately, the Colorado GOP has decided to use recalls to undermine the results of the 2018 election. Rather than preparing candidates for the 2020 election, these Republicans have decided to try to nullify the votes of the 53% of voters who elected Polis.
They are using this same cynical strategy to attack Democratic senators and representatives who won their elections fair and square. Republicans are counting on people being so sick of politics that they won’t vote in a recall election.
Lower voter turnout typically means Republicans win. Higher voter turnout typically means that Democrats win.
Colorado had the second-highest voter turnout rate in the nation in 2018. That and presenting good candidates is why Democrats were so successful. In 1980, Republican strategist Paul Weyrich stood beside Ronald Reagan at a gathering of Evangelicals and said “I don’t want everybody to vote. … As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down. ”
Josephine Hubchik, Westminster
I believe your article is not completely accurate. Gov. Polis enacted SB 19-181 expressly after voters defeated Proposition 112 in the last election.
SB 19-181 directly affects property owners in Colorado who have oil companies leaving our state. It is affecting our state’s economy and our dependence on outside sources for oil and gas.
I would hope you would be nonpartisan enough to print this in your paper as all of the issues on the petition are nonpartisan in nature.
Laura Miller, Cañon City
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