Printed Letters: October 5, 2017
Where do our reps stand on gun control?
According to their office staff on Tuesday morning, neither Sen. Cory Gardner nor Rep. Scott Tipton had indicated which way he will vote on the NRA-sourced bill to legalize public possession of firearms silencers and armor-piercing ammunition.
Come on, lawmakers, the Las Vegas mass murderer’s body count would have been much worse if he’d had silenced weapons and armor-piercing ammo.
Is this what you want? Well, your constituents don’t. When you vote on these carnage-enhancers, will your monetary relationship with the NRA have anything to do with it? We want to know where you stand. Now, please.
Fourth-grader makes case for school funding
Vote for 3A and 3B because at Dual Immersion Academy we need a gym.
The reason we need a gym at DIA is because we get lots of cuts and bruises. We get more than most kids because we have P.E. on the blacktop. We trip and fall because of the rocks and the dents in the blacktop. When we do things like pushups our hands get big imprints in them and they hurt. When we fall, we get road rash. Kids at most schools don’t get as many cuts and bruises as we do because they have a gym and we have a blacktop.
Another reason that DIA needs a gym is because of the weather and different seasons. For example, in the winter we have to do P.E. in the cafeteria at Riverside if it is too cold. When we can be outside it is very cold especially for kids that have P.E. in the morning. It is very hot in the summer months. It gets so hot that we get headaches. Other kids have air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter for P.E. in their gyms.
The last reason that DIA needs a gym is because we could get different opportunities in P.E. Right now we can’t play some sports like volleyball. We can’t play basketball. We can’t participate in gymnastics or bowling. It would be very important if we could have the same learning about sports as other schools get that we don’t get.
I think it is very important for DIA to get a gym because we could be safer and healthier if we had one. Please vote for 3A and 3B.
Fourth-grader at DIA
NFL players are protesting social injustice, not the flag
I understand that people think the protests during the national anthem are disrespectful. But I feel that racism and social injustice is also disrespectful. The players are not protesting the flag; they are protesting the racism and social injustice that is going on in the country.
The U.S. was founded on protests, i.e. the Boston Tea Party. There have been countless military veterans that have no problem with the protest. People are losing sight of what the players are protesting. When Brandon Marshall of the Broncos knelt last year, he went and talked to police officers in Denver about the problems that African Americans face in this country. These protests are starting a conversation between the police and African Americans. I also feel that the president should invite some NFL players to the White House to discuss the issues that the African Americans face in the United States.
We need to throw out politicians from both parties
The Democratic Party should be ashamed. Its members have enacted programs that reduce personal initiative. They are harming this country with illegal immigration, handouts to able-bodied people, a health insurance program that greatly increased rates, deductibles, regulations, and costs, taxpayer-funded payouts to cronies, expensive, unconstitutional legislation, and so much more.
And Republican Party politicians should be too embarrassed to appear in public. For seven years they’ve promised — if we would just put them in power — tax reform, repeal and replace, and other laws to counteract expensive and intrusive legislation enacted by Democrats. So how much more power do they need than the presidency and majorities in the Senate, the House, and state governorships? When it comes down to it, they’re too spineless to make any move that might antagonize a voter.
When this country first began, it was a sacrifice to serve in Congress. Pay was low and travel to the capital could take weeks, as could communication with family and businesses left behind. Most members served a few years out of duty and returned to their normal lives. Today, politics is a career and too often gaining power, money, and prestige rate well above citizens and the country.
I think we need to throw out all politicians — of both parties — and start over. They’ve become the elites who will do anything to stay in power — and the heck with the American people.