Letters: No more “mulligans” for Trump (2/11/21) – The Denver Post

No more “mulligans” for Trump

As an American Jewish woman who watched on live television as domestic terrorists, including at least one wearing a sweatshirt that read “Camp Auschwitz,” attack our Capitol and our democracy, you can be assured that this impeachment trial is necessary. There is no alternative but to hold all those responsible, including former President Donald Trump, to account.

The idea that a simple “mulligan” should be given to the former president is not only absurd, but it also trivializes the attack of Jan. 6 beyond description. Trump has used all his mulligans and then some on such things as sexual misconduct, racist rants, separation of children from their families and COVID-19 mishandling. How do you take a mulligan on more than 450,000 dead Americans?

D. Lederman, Denver

Re: “Republicans’ five bad excuses for not convicting Trump,” Feb. 10 commentary

“It’s unconstitutional,” Bloomberg columnist Ramesh Ponnuru wrote of the Republican excuses, along with “the First Amendment protects (Trump).” It’s also “pointless” and a waste of time. Moreover, the trial is “a cynical ploy to hurt Republicans politically.” Ponnuru could have added a more realistic reason: They are terrified of upsetting the majority of Republican voters who still support Trump. They fear losing their seats in a primary election.

But they have another more primal fear. They witnessed the attack on the Capitol, saw colleagues hiding in closets, and police officers speared with American flags. They heard chants of “Kill him with his own gun” and “Hang Pence.”

GOP Senators are aware that there are deranged people among them, and they fear for their own safety and the safety of their families.

In 1956, John F. Kennedy wrote a book called “Profiles in Courage,” about eight U.S Senators who had earned that recognition. The book earned Kennedy a Pulitzer Prize. Has the time come for a book titled “Profiles in Cowardice?”

Irv Sternberg, Denver

I’m not a lawyer, but I believe the House impeachment prosecutors, including our own Rep. Joe Neguse, are doing an excellent job of showing how former President Donald Trump incited a riot on our Capitol, and if this were a real trial, held in a court of law, Donald J. Trump would be fount guilty. Senators who will vote to find him not guilty are playing a political game, and rather than holding him accountable, are more concerned about staying in office. Donald Trump is a threat to our democracy.

James Falk, Northglenn

Pot, too, needs regulation

Re: “Democrat wants to cap THC at 15%,” Feb. 6 news story

It is beyond me that marijuana avoids the same restrictions that apply to tobacco and alcohol. State Rep. Yadira Caraveo’s plans to regulate marijuana are good and designed to protect the uninformed — especially vulnerable, young people.

It is even more incredible that the industry wants to reject the approaching regulatory train. Caraveo as an elected representative is reflecting the evidence about the well-documented damage done by marijuana. Let’s watch the marijuana industry shoot itself in the foot by rejecting regulation just like Big Tobacco.

John Kimber, Denver

This just in …

Why is “Breaking News” used so frequently? Most, if not all, of the news reported has already circled through the internet and has become “old news” and is now just “news.” NBC and Lester Holt are the biggest abusers of this term.

Alan Aldrich, Thornton

A loss we all bear

Re: “9 dead, 140 missing after glacier breaks,” Feb. 8 news story

Citizens around the world mourn as they learn of many victims resulting from the release of floodwaters from a Himalayan glacier. A warming climate is the root cause of this tragedy. All of us have used fossil fuels, the origin of the majority of greenhouse gases and the greatest cause of global warming. We all should bear the burden with our Himalayan kin.

Robert Brayden, Golden

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