Demand better of police; Gardner and impeachment; We need new kinds of leaders (2/15/20) – The Denver Post -

Demand better of police; Gardner and impeachment; We need new kinds of leaders (2/15/20) – The Denver Post

Demand better of police

Re: “The Denver Post tracked every police shooting in Colorado last year; here’s what we learned,” Feb. 2 news story

It seems that on many days we watch the local news and hear of a new tragedy involving our law enforcement agencies. We see too many crying family members shocked by a shooting death by law enforcement officers.

Fortunately, The Denver Post started an investigative effort on the growth of these issues in Colorado. Now, we see the actions of a local law enforcement agency to brush under the table the drunken behavior of an on-duty police officer. We, as citizens, expect better. No, we demand better! The Colorado attorney general should empower a grand jury to continue what The Denver Post has started. Respect and trust of our law enforcement community statewide is at stake.

D.M. Johnson, Lone Tree

Gardner and impeachment

Re: “Gardner must be OK with what the president did — it’s hard to tell,” Feb. 7 editorial

Unfortunately, I think this editorial accurately expressed the frustration and disappointment of Coloradans with how Sen. Cory Gardner handled the impeachment inquiry.

While I had hoped it would be an asset for Colorado to have a Democrat and Republican senator so that we were represented in both parties’ caucuses, Gardner did not voice the questions and concerns of all Coloradans regarding the misconduct of the White House. Many of us want to keep a Republican in office, but can’t do so if corruption is ignored and our voices are not represented.

While the conclusion of the article that “Coloradans deserve better than Cory Gardner” was harsh, it was not inaccurate. We do deserve better.

Coloradans are not just Republicans or Democrats, but taxpayers and citizens that demand moral, honest and transparent government.

David Zetoony, Boulder

You are correct in saying that Sen. Gardner must be OK with what the president did, just as the 40% to 50% of voters that support the president are, while the other 40% to 50% are not OK with his actions.

For The Denver Post to criticize Sen. Gardner with words such as too afraid, failed to address, dodge and weave, little courage, search his soul, and not straightforward and honest, reflects the biased and partisan journalism of The Post.

Many voters feel Sen. Gardner absolutely did the right thing, because Democrats failed to present the Senate with charges and evidence that clearly represented an impeachable offense.

Partisan politics is nothing new, but has gotten worse, and I see little chance for improvement.

President Trump’s personality certainly creates some of this divisiveness, but Democrats must accept just as much of the blame. Democrats have been unable to accept the 2016 Clinton loss, and in retaliation pursued impeachment for three years. Now, their failure to remove Trump from office only means that we will continue to see a lack of any bipartisan cooperation in the foreseeable future.

Jim Malec, Roxborough

We need new kinds of leaders

The weeks leading up to the Senate trial and the hours since the verdict have exposed a dangerous cultural peril. Our country has moved from an era when national debates were about conflicts between ideas, some of them good, some less so.

All the conflicts of those years, though, were rooted in a hope that a healthy exchange of ideas would produce a resolution near the center. The conflicts of today have become different: They are between people. Sometimes these people even describe their opponents with vicious words such as “evil” and “enemy,” and the concept of a middle ground has been replaced by a sense that these people must retreat to end zones and caucuses, all needing to be defended from threatening foes.

Perhaps voters can find ways to elect new kinds of leaders: Those who promise earnest efforts to redefine the center as a lively place where diverse people and differing ideas work together.

Peter Hulac, Denver

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