Email Letters: May 12, 2017

Colorado will move forward with or without Senator Gardner

It was a relief to see that the BLM methane emissions rule is still in place after it failed to go to a vote this week. Unfortunately, this victory comes with no help from Sen. Gardner. After multiple protests across the state and thousands of constituent calls into his office, Sen. Cory Gardner still
didn’t stand up to protect this commonsense rule that benefits taxpayers, uses public resources more responsibly, and improves our air quality. While some of our representatives are tied to the oil and gas industry, I am confident that Colorado will continue to be a leader on many issues in the years to come. I am also confident that if Sen. Gardner continues to ignore his constituents, Colorado will move forward without him.

GAYLE MADDEN
Palisade

Delegitimizing the press not the first assault in the despot’s playbook

A couple of weeks ago in Jay Seaton’s opinion piece on Sunday, April 16, he stated that delegitimizing the press is the first assault in the despot’s playbook. I tend to disagree that it is the first. The first is to instill fear (ISIS/Muslims). The second is to turn the populace against each other (immigration/Islam). The third is to undermine the legitimacy of the press (fake news). Next comes empowerment of militias and police (removal of protections/oversight against police brutality). Last comes declaration of war in order to curtail civil liberties. Hugo Chavez used this playbook and now look at what has happened.

BARBARA BUTCHER
Grand Junction


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