A Flynn flimflam
No sooner is Michael Flynn pardoned than he shares a press release on Twitter calling for the president to declare martial law and rerun the election. It only proves that Flynn belongs in prison or perhaps another institution.
Rochelle Davis, Denver
Re: “Vindication for Flynn,” Dec. 3 letter to the editor
General Flynn was neither inexperienced politically nor militarily. Given his age, background, financial resources, and knowledge, it was his choice to have an attorney present. There is no evidence to support the claim that he was set up or trapped. He lied to the FBI. His pardon, among many that will be given to the president’s friends and allies, is an example not of vindication but a reminder that if you are quiet, lie and deny allegations, you will be rewarded.
The letter writer states, “the left destroyed the lives of many people who were close to Trump or appointed by him without considering the truth.” The president has lied thousands of times.
Trump refused to tell the truth about COVID. He said it would go away quickly when scientific evidence indicated it would not. The pandemic continues. Let’s hope the president-elect has a better plan to keep us safe, restore our economy, defend democracy, and reestablish order and integrity to the office of the president.
Joyce Jappelle, Parker
Catholic Church needs safeguards
Re: “Colo. Catholic church abuse cases climbing,” Dec. 2 news story
The recent release of the updated investigation of abuse within Colorado’s Catholic Church came as no surprise. What would be a surprise is if the church created substantive change within ranks to prevent these vestiges of its practices. The mere rearranging of the chairs on the deck is not enough to stop abuse.
Further action of settlements should not only address internal reporting mechanisms and involve reports to police and protective services, but should also prevent abuse. Residential settings and those services that isolate children from family are rife with opportunity for abuse.
To add to the settlement funds and prevent further abuse, the church should sell off residential places such as housing for priests on the same grounds of a church, church camps, and orphanages. Nothing short of this kind of change indicates sincerity from the church in altering centuries-old unethical practices.
Marcia Tewell, Denver
Cabinet pick offers hope
Re: “Fight over Cabinet post could sway hunger policy,” Nov. 27 news story
This presidential election, for me, brought a sense of hope wrapped up in a sense of dread.
As a rancher, processor, producer and local market owner, I have seen corporations relentlessly suffocate independent farmers and ranchers while the government has either helped or sat back and watched. For decades, those at the helm of the USDA — “conservative” and “liberal” — have helped corporations build a food system that tries, with all of its might, to stomp out independent farmers and ranchers.
But where I do continue to hold onto hope is President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge for a diverse group of leaders. When I heard that Congresswoman Marcia Fudge was being considered for secretary of the USDA, I knew that she would be the one to begin to turn the tide and fight for economic justice in our food systems.
A Democrat from Ohio, longtime member of the House’s agricultural committee and experienced advocate for SNAP and nutrition programs, Fudge is more than qualified to do the job and has shown time and again with her policies that she believes in true food-system reform. She understands the journey food makes from the fields to the table and has tirelessly pushed for rural economic development and reform. Her policies say farmers and ranchers deserve fair prices, not just government handouts that ignore the root problem.
Mike Callicrate, Colorado Springs
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