Letter to the editor

Letter: Does civil discourse still exist?

Posted 9/7/17

I was amused by the word you used in your recent headline to describe the actions by "constituents" at a town hall with Cory Gardner - "chided." No, it was more that the screamers stole his, and …

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Letter to the editor

Letter: Does civil discourse still exist?

Posted

I was amused by the word you used in your recent headline to describe the actions by "constituents" at a town hall with Cory Gardner - "chided." No, it was more that the screamers stole his, and very many of his real contituents'  FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH!  No wonder he seldom appears. If I had to face a SHRIEKING MOB - excuse my caps - I would appear much less frequently than he does. I congratulate his courage in standing up, and good for those who outwaited the spoiled brats who were shouting and disturbing a peaceful conversation. What has happened to civil discourse? Is there such a thing?

Read the First Amendment, people, and let us start there. Or read and apply the column by Michael Norton in the same issue and take his wisdom, kindness and openness to someone else's ideas to the next town hall meeting.

Mary Ann McCoy

Lone Tree

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Martin G.

Just following the leader in chief.

Thursday, September 7
Tom Jeanette

Healthcare is a critical issue for many Americans, some would even say it is a matter of life and death. Senator Gardner's appointment to a key senate group to write new healthcare legislation means that he has a key role to play, or at least should have a key role.

We were told during the 2016 campaigns that the Affordable Care Act would be repealed and replaced by a program that would improve services and lower costs. Candidate Trump also mentioned that monthly premiums should not exceed $60. After gaining our support and collecting our votes, we see now that people in my age group (61-64) are going to be charged up to five times more for the less coverage, with additional premiums for pre-existing conditions.

Senator Gardner's refusal to address the disconnect between promises and delivery of services is frustrating. How much more uncertainty and disengagement are we to take before we raise our voices to express displeasure with our elected officials? How long must we wait for promised solutions? At what point do we take actions to rid ourselves of a government based on lies?

Thursday, September 14