Aurora police need a reset
Re: “‘It Was Done Wrong’ August 5th news
I’m so tired of Aurora being on the national news – in a bad way.
Why have there been multiple incidents of police misconduct without anyone facing any consequences? How can someone defend the police who run over an SUV with a Colorado license plate (and a family in it) while searching for a motorcycle with a Montana license plate? How can someone defend the police who are terrorizing innocent children and their mother / aunt and refusing to check their registration?
That wouldn’t have happened to a white family. This is racist behavior and it has to stop!
Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman did not rise to the challenge. The police chief apologizes again and again, but does not hold the police accountable. And how powerful is the police union? Is that what hangs the works? Does the state of Colorado need to step in to take action whenever an incident occurs?
It’s time for Aurora and other law enforcement agencies to reorganize. Learn from Camden, NJ, where they created new rules for the department a few years ago, got everyone re-applying for jobs, and retrained them.
Is it perfect No. It is better? Yes. From what I’ve read, relations between the police and the community have improved a lot.
If the police union is the problem, the Aurora government needs to expel them and start over. Your time defending evil cops must end now. You need to get back to their code to protect citizens. Don’t cover each other’s bums.
Sondra singer, Lakewood
About civil disobedience
In 1849, Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Resisting Civil Government” was a call for opposition to unjust laws created by the government. His ideas were well received by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The law of non-violence says that violence should not be resisted by counter-violence, but by non-violence.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“A person who breaks a law that his conscience tells him to be unjust, and who willingly accepts imprisonment in order to stir the conscience of the community about its injustice, is in fact expressing the highest respect for the law “- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil disobedience is relevant today. Thoreau claims that passive disobedience is the best way to combat injustice. A person must refuse to cooperate with injustice. Violent resistance is doomed to failure. A government is too powerful for an individual to oppose, but a committed group that refuses to work together can triumph and defeat injustice.
Demonstrators must expect violence from the authorities and must not take revenge. Protesters need to be given advance notice of how to respond to arrests and attacks. The organizers of Black Lives Matter and other protests have failed. The protest organizers should appoint cadres of volunteers to check protesters on arrival for items that have been used as projectiles and confiscated. Leaflets are intended to remind protesters of the rules. Civil disobedience must, by definition, be non-violent before being called “civil”.
Ken Spooner, Littleton
$ 600 Unemployment Benefit Extension
Subject: “The time for a $ 600 scholarship has come and gone …” Aug 2 comment
Does Krista Kafer have any idea why the federal government provided $ 600 per week on top of regular unemployment benefits? It’s not about rewarding or encouraging laziness as it suggests. Unemployment benefits are used to inject money into a stalled economy.
We need the people staying home for the same reason that we have to close some shops and schools for a while. It is supposed to reduce the contagion. And we need them to stay at home to take care of their children who stay at home from unopened schools.
When the $ 600 stops, Kafer’s experience in liquidating estates will serve her well with any evictions and foreclosures that follow.
Paul Braun, Denver
Krista Kafer’s smug column calling for an end to improved unemployment benefits echoes Ivanka Trump’s recent deaf praise for the Find Something New project.
She describes the continuation of benefits as “paid vacation”, assumes that “quite a few of the 330,000 Coloradans” who receive benefits make more money than they did while they were employed, and suggests that those who find out about a job shortage “To complain”, to have the courage to make “difficult changes” by looking for a different direction of work.
It’s ridiculous to suggest that workers who lack transportation, childcare, family support, reserves, or a solid educational background can realistically move to new jobs even if there were 330,000 job openings in Colorado.
However, if its goal is to shake people up by claiming that tens of millions of unemployed Americans are taking advantage of the rest of us amid an historic economic crisis, Kafer’s message makes sense. Taxpayers, don’t ask for transparency on the trillions that have gone to corporations, cronies of administration and Congress, and other dubious recipients. Instead, keep an eye out for COVID welfare queens.
Bonnie Arnold Wenngren, Centenary
We have already burdened our teachers enough
Re: “Five reasons to open schools,” Aug 2 comment
As the mother of a 30 year old teacher, I cannot support your position that schools should be reopened for personal lessons in less than a month.
We don’t pay our teachers enough or respect them enough to send them into battle on the front lines of the pandemic.
I recognize that some families find it difficult to monitor home study while one or both parents are trying to work from home at the same time, that some students are disadvantaged due to a lack of home resources, and that “relapse” is a problem Problem for. is many.
These are not problems that we should put on our teachers’ backs or ask them to be responsible for solving them.
We need social solutions that we as taxpayers and people are ready to work out, finance and implement.
Although my son is only 30 years old, there is no high risk of coronavirus. But his life partner is. If he is forced to return to face-to-face classes, he will have to move out of his home and find an apartment or other accommodation as he will not risk their life.
Would you – or those who support personal learning – want to pay his rental costs for the next 9 months so that he does not endanger his partner’s health?
Elizabeth Steele, Denver
Unfortunately, columnist Vincent Carroll didn’t think things through.
My cousin is an experienced and dedicated elementary school teacher, in classrooms with no windows (therefore dependent on the school’s HVAC system for clean air) and a single mother who relies on the help of her nearby grandmother who is suffering from high levels of COVID- 19 virus suffers from risk from respiratory diseases. Students could easily become asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, putting the grandmother at risk through her daughter and the rest of the family, including other high-risk elders.
However, at the end of last year my cousin was dissatisfied with the online learning process. Too many parents weren’t ready to make this work
for their children. She would love to get
back to more effective face-to-face teaching, but not at the risk of their family members.
Opening schools because students or teachers are unlikely to become seriously ill themselves is absurdly myopic. As with any public policy, all of the systems in play must be well understood and respected.
Christopher Juniper, Denver
Taxing fairer than fuel
Re: “Finally a plan to tackle Colorado’s crumbling streets,” Aug 2 comment
The problem has been around for years and an obvious (to me) potential source of funding to alleviate the problem has been overlooked in everything I’ve read.
Taxation on fuel has given electric vehicle owners “free” travel and hybrid vehicle owners discounted travel, but those vehicles all roll on tires!
Let’s tax the tires (and summaries) at the point of sale.
Large, heavy vehicles cause more wear on the roads and roll on larger, more expensive tires: Smaller, lighter vehicles cause less wear and tear and roll on smaller, cheaper tires.
Winter tires with spikes cause additional wear.
Certainly, the “experts” can devise a tax formula with a surcharge for spikes based on dollar cost or tire size or load weight rating or tread wear mileage or a combination of these or other factors to fairly distribute the financial burden based on the expected impact on the road surface, which the tires will have when mounted on motor vehicles and trailers.
Bottom line: We have to pay to maintain and build roads – let’s finance them based on how badly our vehicles will affect those roads.
Michael N. Shapiro, Denver
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