LETTERS: Please pray for our police; column took a cheap shot

A Jersey City Police Department cruiser is seen with bullet holes on the windshield at the scene where an officer was shot and killed while responding to a call at a 24-hour pharmacy, Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Officer Melvin Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at about 4.a.m., Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement. Fulop said officers responding to the robbery call shot and killed the man who shot Santiago. He was not immediately identified. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers:

Please pray for our police

Probably most people are aware of the police officers who were shot over the past weekend ... at least one fatally. The war against police officers has been going on for some time now with uncaring elected officials ... from President Barack Obama on down ... saying and doing absolutely nothing in police support. This is one of many reasons millions of voters rejected Hillary Clinton knowing that she was a continuation of the cesspool philosophy of hate and division in our country and continuing denigration of our police! For those of us who still support these brave men and women who protect us all 24/7 ... let's all take time to say a prayer for their safety and to say thank you!

Guy M. Grace Sr. - Colorado Springs

Thanksgiving letter to Trump

We are hoping and praying that you truly have a vision for the future of the United States.

You say you want unity. Do you mean that? Tell us you do, because the American people also want unity. We will do almost anything for unity, but we don't want it at any price.

If unity must be purchased at the price of injustice, or denial of our collective heritage, or misogyny, bigotry, sexism or racism, then we don't want it.

The nation is greatly divided, and we need a leader who can unite us.

We're about to mark the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, a cataclysmic event that instantly united Americans. Our country came together after the tragic deaths of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. And a later generation always will remember the 9/11 attacks.

Indeed, we used to be united by our opposition to a common foe, not filled with hatred of one another.

You've demonstrated your skill at rallying supporters. But we no longer can afford to live mainly as Democrats, Republicans, blacks, Muslims, Asians, Latinos, Jews, Native Americans or whites.

This country has given you the opportunity to rise to the highest public leadership position in the free world. We must continue to offer all Americans the opportunity to better themselves, and we must remain open to those seeking the fruits of freedom; regardless of national origin, ethnicity, color or creed.

We cannot be inwardly weak and outwardly strong at the same time. Inner strengths must come from humility, not bluster. Can you accept that reality?

We are looking for a leader who will remind us of the principles and ideals of the men and women who made America strong for 240 years. That leader must love the country more than himself, cannot be bought and must consider honor, humility and integrity to be essential to a life well-lived.

We want a president humble enough to call upon all peoples of the world and a higher power for guidance and leadership. We will follow such a leader wherever he takes us.

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We are a resilient people that have hope, inner strength and courage. We are praying for your success this Thanksgiving Day.

Jim Martin - Boulder

Taking back the holidays

Thank you to all of the businesses that chose not to open on Thanksgiving. "Take back the holiday." Thank you to the radio station that's taking one holiday at a time. "Is it too early for Thanksgiving carols?"

I will continue to support you all. And raspberries to the rest.

Marge Baker - Colorado Springs

Where were the experts?

I can cure ignorance. I can't cure stupidity. Where was the outcry from these omniscient and sanctimonious "experts" when the "spontaneous" protests and outright rioting was taking place? Where were these "experts" during the past eight years, when Barack Obama was doing exactly what these "experts" were lecturing Vice President-elect Mike Pence about!

The nation on Nov. 8 showed a concern about what Obama has done during the last eight years. The words of Brandon Victor Dixon (who plays Aaron Burr in the musical "Hamilton") should have trickled over to the White House sometime during the past eight years.

The response of the ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero was equally hypocritical, saying the First Amendment is a cornerstone of America "even if it sometimes makes our leaders uncomfortable." The election of Donald Trump has made many uncomfortable. Practice what you preach, Mr. Romero. I can cure ignorance. I can't cure stupidity.

Roger W. Louden - Colorado Springs

Column took a cheap shot

I was deeply offended by Michelle Malkin's cheap-shot take-down language targeting millennials in her recent column on the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare. My daughter was born in spring 1987, which, of course, makes her a millennial. Her mother and I took advantage of the provisions of the law that Malkin caustically labels the "slacker mandate" to carry her on my employer-based insurance through her 26th birthday. This was a god-send as her other health care options at the time were limited and quite expensive.

My daughter is an intelligent, capable and industrious young woman who has proved herself to be a diligent and valued employee. And, based on my experience with her friends and colleagues, these are common characteristics to most of them. It appears that Malkin is angry that some in this age group have demonstrated against the result of the recent election - demonstrations that are hardly unique to millennials. Malkin's column contained reams of data demonstrating her point that hardworking families paid for a benefit that enabled an entire generation to become less than themselves, which is just ludicrous. Malkin represents the worst in conservative political writings - angry, snide, condescending and mean-spirited. Surely The Gazette can find other conservative voices who would more clearly and cogently argue its views in place of a writer who finds the worst in everything and - with this piece - demeans working adults and families everywhere.

Kelley McCready - Colorado Springs

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