Election endorsements, teen voting

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 letters: Election endorsements, teen voting

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Denverites will think about many taxes this November

Eleven months in the past, beneficiant Denver voters handed a $937 million bond package deal for civic enhancements, together with parks. Now we’re requested to extend taxes by $116 million for enhancements to, amongst different issues, parks. You might construct one other Disneyland for $116 million.

I understand that the live performance promoters and different personal pursuits who like to make use of our parks could also be upset that the parks aren’t perfect for his or her functions, however possibly we must always see what we are able to do with that first $937 million earlier than spending extra.

Dan Danbom, Denver

This November, I encourage Metropolis of Denver residents to vote “sure” on Ordinance 302 to assist feed and educate children.

Wholesome Meals for Denver Children is a citizen-initiated poll measure geared in the direction of feeding Denver’s low-income children and making wholesome choices extra accessible.

This measure would enhance gross sales taxes by .08 p.c (lower than a penny on a $10 buy) to supply hundreds of thousands in funding for wholesome meals and meals teaching programs in Denver over a ten-year interval.

Within the final 30 days, one in seven Denver children missed a meal as a result of they may not afford to eat. Analysis reveals that kids and teenagers with unsure or restricted entry to dietary meals usually tend to have hypertension than those that don’t. Starvation certainly has lifelong impacts on the well being of our children.

To study extra, go to healthyfoodfordenver.com. Vote YES for Ordinance 302 and spend money on our children.

Julie Hill, Denver

In 2017 alone, Colorado misplaced the equal of seven school rooms full of scholars (ages 10 to 24) to suicide. Colorado is sadly among the many 10 states with the best suicide charges in America.As pediatricians, we help growing entry to psychological well being and substance use providers for each kids and adults that take care of them.

Kids with psychological well being points have an elevated danger for suicide. Children with caregivers that wrestle with psychological well being situations and substance use problems have an elevated danger of creating coronary heart illness and most cancers, along with melancholy.

In November, Denver County has the chance to take a constructive step within the battle for psychological well being with Ordinance 301 (Caring four Denver). For the worth of ¼ of a penny on a greenback buy, Denver will have the ability to fund providers that enhance the standard of lifetime of its residents and stop kids from dying by suicide.

Drs. Anthony Mayen and Kimberly Uchida, Denver

Golden’s teenagers deserve respect and the correct to vote

Re: “Letting kids run the federal government is lovable,” Oct. 14 commentary

Columnist Jon Caldara’s ill-considered commentary on younger adults voting in municipal elections acquired just one factor proper: “the great individuals of Golden” will quickly determine whether or not “to permit … youngsters to vote in municipal elections, by decreasing the voting age to 16.”

In casting their ballots on the problem, Goldenites will mirror on their very own civic pursuits at 16 and their experiences with Golden’s engaged highschool college students (not one intentional Tide Pod eater within the bunch).Notably, they might depend on neuroscience indicating that, in conditions like voting which name for unhurried decision-making and session with others, adolescents’ judgment is as mature as that of adults.And, not like columnist Caldara, “the great individuals of Golden” know that our shared democracy rejected any requirement that voters “personal property” lengthy earlier than the founding of our historic city.

Lastly, Caldara is oblivious to the various benefits that include decreasing the voting age. Amongst these are: creating a lifelong voting behavior by encouraging the train of civic rights and tasks on hometown points and candidates, with steering from mother and father, academics, and different trusted adults; establishing a voting sample earlier than the transitional and unsettled circumstances of the 18-25 year-old age group, which has an especially low voting fee; and renewing curiosity in municipal elections throughout the age spectrum.

Marjorie Sloan, Golden

Editor’s be aware: Marjorie Sloan is mayor of Golden.

Jon Caldara mentions the founding fathers setting the age at 25 for a U.S. consultant when the typical life span was solely 38 years.

Someway, in accordance with Caldara, two-thirds of 1’s life was wanted for sufficient knowledge. For one factor I doubt that they had any thought what the typical life span was then. For an additional the rise in life expectancy from then till now’s largely from far fewer individuals dying as kids.

Loads of individuals lived fairly lengthy then. Our first 4 presidents lived a median of 82 years. Today, 21-year-old representatives usually are not exceptional. About two-thirds of different international locations with comparable positions permit 18 to 21-year-olds to carry workplace.

Steve Connolly, Greeley

Jon Caldara is definitely serving up his elder “knowledge” with a heaping of vanity and disrespect.

In Golden, we nurture, worth and help our younger individuals. Whereas definitely there are at all times a number of reckless youngsters, that isn’t the norm in our tight knit neighborhood.

This 60-year-old personally doesn’t see a draw back. I’m simply hoping my mind doesn’t calcify like Caldara’s so I can stay younger at coronary heart, open to new prospects, and capable of belief, encourage and respect youthful generations.

Wendy Hanophy, Golden

Coffman endorsement leaves some readers upset

Re: “We should reward Coffman’s morality on this age of Trump,” Oct. 14 editorial

I used to be upset along with your endorsement of Mike Coffman for re-election. Your logic was clear, nonetheless you missed a vital level.

Regardless of Coffman’s generally unbiased path from the White Home, Congress isn’t addressing a important want for our nation: controlling the worst and basest instincts of the White Home. The swamp is now full of alligators within the picture of Trump and they’re predictably appearing to assist themselves.

Examples abound: denigrating local weather change details, loosening air pollution controls for the worst polluting trade, awarding tax breaks to the 1 p.c whereas meting out pennies to the remainder, snarling at allies whereas cozying as much as enemies, refusing to unravel our immigration points, steady pimping of Trump properties. The record is seemingly limitless. It’s clear a Republican managed Home is not going to even try to rein any of this in; solely a Democratic managed Home will gradual the president.

Paul Mauro, Fort Pines

I’m disturbed by The Publish’s endorsement of Mike Coffman in CD6.

As a rule, fight veterans don’t talk about the bona fides of our fellow vets, however the stakes within the CD6 race are too nice for me to stay mute.

Having served in Vietnam as a Marine rifle platoon chief, having been wounded in motion, and embellished for valor — very similar to Jason Crow — I’ve at all times rankled at Coffman’s incessant insistence that he’s a “fight Marine,” which in his case, is saying that he served behind the entrance traces at a base in the course of the time of the Iraqi conflict. He was not engaged in up-close and private fight as Jason and I have been, leaders of Marines/troopers beneath hearth. I’m certain he did good and useful work in his assigned billet however he was not a hardened-by-combat infantryman. He exaggerates.

Additional, I’ve noticed carefully Jason’s profession since he was in regulation faculty. I can testify that the adverts documenting his management and talents, are if something, understated. I knew him when he was younger and married, concurrently working, attending regulation faculty and serving our neighborhood and significantly veterans and veteran households.

Jason’s type of smarts and sincere understated braveness isn’t solely missing in his opponent, however within the editorial board of The Publish, who traditionally, commerce off the higher candidate for their very own aim of “evening-up” their endorsements in “honest” methods. Within the age of Trump, there exists no equity. The clear alternative is Jason Crow for Congress.

Larry Drake, Denver

Your endorsement downplays Jason Crow as a worthy consultant for District 6, by stating he needs to be operating anyplace else. It additionally ignores the truth that Coffman snuck out of a city corridor assembly, voted for Trump’s tax divulge to firms and wealthier people, and his partisan efforts to stymy President Barack Obama at each alternative. You additionally overlook his outrageous name for Obama to show his citizenship.

Michael Heinrich, Aurora

I used to be upset to have The Denver Publish endorse Coffman. It seems that this man is not going to help a ban on assault rifles or a ban on bump shares. With so many mass shootings wherein an assault rifle was used and the horrible Las Vegas taking pictures wherein a bump inventory was used to kill 58 and injure lots of, it’s merely mistaken to endorse a person who doesn’t help a ban on these weapons.

David Ryan, Montrose

I used to be so upset to see that The Denver Publish endorsed Mike Coffman for District 6. It jogs my memory of the expression I usually heard in Texas.

“For those who at all times do what you’ve at all times accomplished, you’ll at all times get what you at all times acquired.” Mike Coffman didn’t stand as much as Trump, he voted with him nearly 100 p.c of the time, to the detriment of Colorado and america. If you’re too afraid to let go of your carousel pony to achieve for the golden ring, you simply hold going round in circles. Let’s attain for what’s finest in America, our innovation, inclusiveness and integrity. Let’s do it otherwise. Let’s elect Jason Crow.

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