Defending our democracy
With the election solely weeks away, we face two severe assaults on our democracy.
First, we have now a president who doesn’t perceive or worth our democratic type of authorities.
His informal assaults on fact, rule of legislation, judges, the press, our electoral course of, and minorities, all reveal his indifference to the important elements of American democracy.
Secondly, our Republican representatives refuse to defend our establishments and norms from his assaults.
It’s straightforward to consider freedom is our birthright however really it’s made potential by a rigorously constructed set of establishments, ideas and norms.
If we nonetheless worth the democratic pillars underpinning our freedom, then Republicans have to be held accountable for shirking their obligation to protect and defend our type of authorities.
Solely by a devastating defeat on the polls will they be pressured to confront the anti-democratic forces consuming their social gathering.
Douglas Willey, Highlands Ranch
Let’s cost carbon charges
Re: “Taking over local weather change,” Oct. 15 letters to the editor
I admire the letters in response to The Washington Put up’s Oct. 13 editorial on local weather change.
The emphasis two writers place on particular person carbon footprint reductions is laudable, however not all emissions sources are inside particular person management — for instance, the large emissions from agriculture, trade, and industrial buildings.
What’s extra, the USA contributes lower than 20 % of the world’s greenhouse fuel emissions.
If financial growth in, for instance China, India, and Africa, depends upon fossil fuels, we are going to expertise radical local weather disruption it doesn’t matter what People do as people.
However there’s excellent news.
We will enlarge our particular person and nationwide impacts by persuading our leaders to go nationwide laws that places a payment on carbon emissions.
Combining the payment with a refund of all revenues to American households would harness market energy to slash carbon emissions at dwelling.And putting a payment on carbon-intensive imports from nations with out their very own carbon charges would defend American corporations whereas spurring these different nations to cut back their carbon emissions — creating a worldwide resolution to a worldwide drawback.
So sure, every of us ought to cut back our carbon footprints. However we also needs to train our particular person energy by discovering which of our leaders helps a nationwide carbon payment — after which voting for them.
Kathleen Wells, Denver
School prices are booming however The Put up has the rationale unsuitable
Re: “Why faculty prices have been hovering as extra college students enrolled,” Oct. 15 information evaluation
As a pupil of the 60’s I see John Thelin of The Washington Put up as being poorly knowledgeable concerning the scenario relating to faculty within the 1960’s.
The rationale extra college students didn’t search a school schooling wasn’t due to funds, it was as a result of a school schooling was not extremely valued at the moment.
My household had little or no in the best way of funds however did worth schooling. By attending junior faculty after which a state college, I used to be capable of work the complete time and fund my very own method by way of faculty, as did many others of that era.
I then attended podiatric medical faculty and with the assistance of some pupil loans and my very own work, I used to be capable of graduate.
At the moment it was simpler than it’s now, not more durable.
There are two predominant issues which have pushed up the price of faculty.
The primary is demand, and the second is authorities interference.
As extra authorities loans had been supplied, the universities raised their charges accordingly.
Fairly frankly, there may be much more to study and fewer time to work in as we speak’s surroundings.
There was additionally a distinct mindset at the moment in comparison with the scholars as we speak. Maybe that’s actually the place the distinction lies?
William F. Hineser, Arvada
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