Sound Off: The Denver Post opinion newsletter: Jan. 15, 2018

Sound Off: The Denver Post opinion newsletter: Jan. 15, 2018

The weekly publication of The Denver Put up’s opinion pages.

Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com
The previous week’s information included debate over the nation’s immigration legal guidelines (together with a memorable — and vulgar — utterance by President Trump), the start of Colorado’s legislative session, and the continued response to Legal professional Normal Jeff Periods’ choice to crack down on states the place marijuana is authorized. Listed here are highlights:

Perspective

First, a abstract of what was in our Sunday Perspective part this week:

U.S. hypocrisy on Iran protests: Ned Worth, who served within the Obama administration as a particular assistant to the president, wrote: The Iranian protests have helped dispel a fantasy that President Donald Trump solely ignores human rights within the pursuit of a realist, America-first agenda. His true method is much more dangerous to U.S. credibility.

Jeff Koterba, Omaha World-Herald
Trump’s border wall obsession: Washington Put up columnist Paul Waldman defined how Democrats can exploit President Donald Trump’s obsession along with his border wall.

Good and unhealthy in GOP tax invoice: Former Denver Put up editorial web page editor Vincent Carroll wrote that the not too long ago handed Republican tax invoice is a deeply flawed measure — and a missed alternative in essential methods — that however consists of quite a lot of long-overdue reforms.

No extra free information: Present Denver Put up editorial web page editor Chuck Plunkett reported that as the majority of The Denver Put up newsroom leaves town for financial causes, we’re rolling out a brand new digital subscription mannequin that guarantees to assist maintain us on the beat.

Andy Cross, Denver Put up fileThis is the final week that The Denver Put up’s newsroom can be downtown.Lesson in deputy’s demise: Following the demise of Dougco deputy Zachari Parrish, who was shot by a mentally in poor health man on New 12 months’s Eve, The Put up’s editorial board wrote: The time has come for Colorado and this nation to discover a technique to maintain weapons, particularly assault rifles, out of the fingers of the mentally in poor health and criminally inclined.

Letters to the editor: On the letters web page, Denver Put up readers tackled quite a lot of points. Listed here are a number of of their letters:

Edward Abbey’s traditional nonetheless related: John Buckley, a Washington novelist, wrote that Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire,” which was printed 50 years in the past, stays extra related right now than ever.

Gardner faculties Periods on 10th Modification: Denver Put up columnist Mario Nicolais wrote: In putting himself between Legal professional Normal Jeff Periods and Colorado’s marijuana trade, Sen. Cory Gardner cloaked himself within the fabric of the 10th Modification.

Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo Information
Periods is following the legislation: Ken Buck, a Republican congressman from Weld County, wrote that if his fellow lawmakers object to Jeff Periods’ choice on the Cole memo, then they need to amend the nation’s marijuana legal guidelines, reasonably than condemn the legal professional basic.

Be certain your vote counts in 2020: Denver Put up columnist Diane Carman warned that whereas Colorado seems to have a comparatively safe voting system, that is no time to loosen up — critical questions have arisen concerning the equity of elections within the U.S.

Sean Delonas, Cagle Cartoons
Cease speculating about Trump’s psychological well being: Syndicated columnist Michael Smerconish wrote: I’ve not been shy in my criticism of Donald Trump’s candidacy or his first 12 months as president; nevertheless, I draw the road on the public debate over his psychological competence.

The liberty to fill ‘er up: The Washington Put up’s George F. Will wrote that on Jan. 1, by the grace of God, a sliver of a proper was granted to some Oregonians: Henceforth they will pump gasoline into their automobiles and vehicles, all by themselves.

Drawn to the Information: Listed here are the editorial cartoons we featured on the again web page of Sunday’s Perspective part, on the subject of hypothesis over an Oprah Winfrey presidential run:

Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com

The previous week

Listed here are highlights from final week’s opinion protection:

Denver Put up editorials:

Trump’s vulgar feedback on immigration: President Trump’s remarks questioning why the U.S. ought to settle for immigrants from Haiti and a few African nations counsel his thoughts is simply too cluttered with racial animus for something of worth to ever filter by way of.

Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
A message to Colorado’s legislators: With the kickoff of the 2018 Colorado Normal Meeting, we urge the 100 legislators from throughout the state working below the Gold Dome to give attention to authorities’s core duties and train fiscal duty.

Protesters unsuitable to go to Gardner’s home: On New 12 months’s Eve, political protesters overplayed their hand by harassing U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and his household at their house in Yuma. Protests needs to be saved to the general public sphere.

Op-ed columns:

How one can really honor MLK: Former Schooling Secretary John B. King Jr. wrote: To really honor Martin Luther King’s legacy, it will be important for us not solely to have a good time the progress that the civil rights motion made doable but additionally to grapple with the complete fact of our nation’s historical past.

The specter of eminent area: Denver Put up editorial author and columnist Megan Schrader wrote a couple of long-vacant Kmart constructing at Monaco and Evans in Denver: It’s not the deserted property that’s so disquieting — it’s the potential risk that Denver might condemn such a property below eminent area legal guidelines.

State pot legal guidelines and federalism: Weekly Put up columnist Krista Kafer instructed that marijuana could possibly be the gateway drug to the return of federalism, if the response to AG Jeff Periods’ marijuana crackdown is that extra Individuals query the outsized energy of the federal authorities.

Trump’s ignorance on his personal insurance policies: Eugene Robinson of The Washington Put up wrote that if you wish to know President Donald Trump’s place on any given coverage problem, the final particular person you need to ask is President Trump — he has no thought what he thinks.

Steve Sack, (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
How did you reply to “shithole” remark? Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke requested: When President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and a few African nations as “shithole international locations,” what did you say? Did you communicate out or did you retain quiet?

Sure, you ought to be shocked by Trump: Ed Stetzer, who holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton School, had a message for Evangelicals: Please let Donald Trump’s “robust” language on immigration shock you.

“Nuclear button” tweet was stroke of steady genius: Washington Put up columnist Marc A. Thiessen wrote: Donald Trump’s tweets about North Korea aren’t solely solely rational but additionally strategically sensible; let’s hope his critics maintain questioning his sanity, as a result of it will possibly solely assist persuade Kim Jong-un that he’s critical.

Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons
Michael Wolff did Trump a favor: Christopher Buskirk, editor and writer of the web site American Greatness, argued that President Trump is rising from the furor over Michael Wolff’s “Fireplace and Fury” as the winner.

Oprah Winfrey for president? Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens, who has beloved Oprah Winfrey for years, wrote: In all honesty, I hope she doesn’t run for president; as an alternative, I hope her Golden Globes speech does what her phrases have been doing for many years: encourage us to motion.

Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Structure
Time to retire Social Safety numbers: Christian Schneider, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist and blogger, argued that expertise has rendered Social Safety numbers out of date, and new advances could maintain the important thing to changing them.

New 12 months’s decision not sticking? Right here’s why: Angela Silveira, a doctor and public well being specialist, requested: Why will we fail to keep up our resolutions all year long? The reply: Speedy outcomes are paramount to us, and their worth is much extra essential than future achievement.

Letters to the editor:

Trump says he’s mentally match for the presidency — however is he? (three letters)

In protection of Trump’s psychological health and accomplishments (2 letters)

For Coloradans, transportation is about greater than roads (2 letters)

Sending Salvadorans away is the alternative of what U.S. stands for (2 letters)

Have been protesters out of line to go to Cory Gardner’s home? (three letters)

Does it make sense to spend $18 billion on a border wall? (three letters)

“The King and I” at Buell Theatre is totally entertaining

It’s Boulder, not New York Metropolis — cease and say hi there

Cliff Grassmick, Every day CameraJenny Doyle is distributing these “Hi there” buttons to remind her fellow Boulderites that whereas Boulder has been named the nation’s happiest metropolis, it’s not all the time the friendliest.Notable and quotable

“Right now we have a good time Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident fact Individuals maintain so expensive, that irrespective of the colour of our pores and skin, or the place of our start we’re all created equal by God.”

President Donald Trump, earlier than signing a proclamation on Jan. 12 declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Jeff Koterba, Omaha World-Herald