Before you go, Senator …
Dear Senator Gardner,
Imagine if John Kasich or another moderate Republican had been the party’s nominee in 2016, and won. The Republican Party would not have been hijacked by Donald Trump, and you might have won a second term.
Clearly, the American people have only rejected Trump, not Republicanism. We Democrats got ahead of ourselves, as one reelected Republican put it, with talk of plans that were too ambitious in the estimation of many voters.
In all likelihood, the Senate will remain in Republican control, and we will have to try to make divided government work. That will be a steep climb.
I do not envy you and your colleagues whom President Trump held in line by sheer intimidation. With one notable exception–your opposition to separating families at our southern border—you supported Trump in his most egregious actions, including his attempt to leverage military aid to an ally for personal gain.
You have an opportunity in your remaining weeks as our senator to speak truth to Donald Trump. You can insist that he put the public health first and follow the advice of the medical experts with regard to the pandemic, and you can demand that he put our democracy first and accept the outcome of this election with no further gimmicks.
There is little doubt how history will remember President Trump. How will history remember you?
Todd Buchanan, Eldora
Re: “Pete Coors against encampments,” Nov. 11 news story
Dear Pete Coors,
Please be informed that homelessness is not a crime; it is a social ill and a disgrace in a first-world country. Homeless individuals are human beings and fellow citizens. All of those screaming NIMBYs, especially those like you who are millionaires or billionaires, should stop demonizing and see to it that there is adequate housing for all who want it and a social-service network to help those “less fortunate” be productive members of our society.
Jimi Bernath, Englewood
Several months ago, I wrote The Post to communicate my displeasure with the ongoing “homeless” camps and the related crime, unsanitary conditions and general squalor they brought to Capital Hill. Since then, Denver officials have chased people around from one block to the next while providing no meaningful solutions to the problem at hand.
Now, with city approval, some churches are proposing to allow new encampments on their property with no apparent concern for others who live in the neighborhood.
Enough is enough! Capitol Hill has suffered sufficiently with the previous camps, protesters and violence. It’s time for our elected officials to take action and bring this awful situation to a real conclusion. In the meantime, better temporary solutions need to be found.
Larry Zepelin, Denver
Re: “Tobacco’s legacy,” Nov. 7 letter to the editor
People who decry the “nanny state” regulating behavior that they think affects no one but the person who engages in it should read Mike Sawyer’s letter. He reported that his father’s “emphysema-by-smoking killed him in 1964” when Mike was 11. Mike and the rest of his family were certainly affected by a habit practiced by someone else. A government that wants to “promote the general welfare” is wise to discourage such behaviors, even to the point of regulating them.
David Wolf, Lakewood
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