Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers:
No right to violate Army regulations
The Gazette covered a demonstration by anti-government protesters on June 4. The group was headed by retired Army CWO Bill Thomas in full dress uniform and carrying an official flag. He was in flagrant violation of the Army Regulation 670-1 which prescribes uniform wear by Army veterans and retirees.
Places and events where the uniform is prohibited to be worn by discharged and retired members of the military are:
No Anti-Government Events: At any meeting or demonstration which is anti-government in nature. During political activities, private employment or commercial interests, when an inference of official sponsorship for the activity could be drawn.
As a private citizen CWO Thomas has every right to protest but as a military retiree he has no right to violate Army regulations.
Drones ripe for thieves and havoc
Once again, I see thieves stealing packages from porches and unattended front doors on the news shows. Catching the culprits and prosecution is very rare. Now Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is excited about drone deliveries. If I were younger and unscrupulous, I would be designing pirate drones.
A vehicle (drone) flying around the sky, knowingly transporting something of value, would be an easy target for a catch drone. A larger drone to snatch it out of the sky to an awaiting thief on the ground. The delivery drone itself would not be harmed, for it would be needed for future exploits. A quick snatch and you're on your way. An even more ingenious way would be to fly a small pilot drone to attach itself to the delivery drone and overpower the delivery drones control frequencies and fly it to a different location.
Oh the ideas that are currently being considered by the many scheming sinister nefarious people that have no respect for our current society norms, let alone future constructs of delivery and transportation. Bring on the drone delivery systems. Let the thieving and havoc begin.
Democrats support minorities
In a recent op-ed piece Walter Williams discusses alleged racism by Democrats. He fails to distinguish the discrimination of African-Americans perpetuated by bigots like Senators Richard Russell, James Eastland and John Stennis and governors like Orval Faubus and George Wallace. They were not Democrats; they were Dixiecrats. Dixiecrats were southern politicians who used legal and illegal methods to deny blacks basic freedoms.
Republican conservatives like Barry Goldwater and Everett Dirksen opposed civil rights legislation put forth by Democratic leaders like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey. Today Republicans want to cut or take away economic and social programs that benefit poor people of all races. It's the Democratic Party, despite what Williams says, that is the friend of minorities.
David J. Baker
Letter writers with common sense
It is very obvious that most of the people who are demonstrating against President Donald Trump's pulling out of the Paris climate accord have no idea what the accord is or what it does. Fortunately, four people (Pat McIntire, Tim Henry, Lee Bentley and Joan Bauer) wrote to the Monday Gazette opinion page and showed that Colorado still has people with common sense. Thank you!
Shoddy street repaving job
Regarding street repairs in our fine city, I think taxpayers are getting short changed by the contractor who recently repaved or is in the process of repaving Powers Blvd. north of Research. Traveling southbound approaching Research, one feels as if they are traveling on a job that the road crew simply threw away their leveling machinery and eyeballed that stretch of highway. It is uneven and very bumpy. The city fathers should take a drive down Powers Blvd. The road was in better shape before the shoddy replacement of the asphalt.
Why not choose clean energy?
Although it seems hard for me to believe there are still those who don't believe climate change is human caused, we all have the right to our own beliefs and opinions. However, for those who think current extreme weather is just normal fluctuations in long-term climate patterns I can only ask: Why not? Why not choose clean, renewable, sustainable, safe energy?
Jobs? New clean energy sources have the potential to generate exponentially more jobs than outdated sources such as coal. Energy independence? No other country owns our sun or wind. Cost? Although clean energy initially may cost more to develop and produce the long-term expense will inevitably be much lower. Coal and oil are not infinite nor sustainable.
So no matter your beliefs regarding climate change, I can only ask why would we choose dirty, polluting energy over clean, renewable energy? Does the money, power, propaganda and control tied up with Big Oil and their lobby make it impossible to break with our fossil fuel dependency?
It's a complicated issue, but as stated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned astrophysicist (vs. a reality TV "star") states: "All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can't we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us?"