Letter to the editor: Trump makes choice easy

Posted 10/24/18

Trump makes choice easy I registered for the military draft 67 years ago and served eight years in the Air Force, including a stint at the Air Force Academy. I have paid Douglas County property taxes …

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Letter to the editor: Trump makes choice easy

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Trump makes choice easy

I registered for the military draft 67 years ago and served eight years in the Air Force, including a stint at the Air Force Academy. I have paid Douglas County property taxes for 42 years and have always tried to support my community.

I received my 2018 ballot a couple days ago and am conflicted over whether I should vote or not. Due to my lifelong party affiliation, I have been labeled a member of an angry mob by President Donald Trump, who is cheered on by his own angry mob, including some folks who live in Douglas County.

On second thought, I am going to vote and will mark my ballot according to my “angry mob” label, which may or may not be in my own best interest. Thank you, Mr. Trump, for making my voting choices easy.

Roy Legg

Highlands Ranch

Vote for Rothe

A few months ago, a bill called the Zackari Parrish Violence Prevention Act went before the Colorado Legislature. This “red flag law” called for temporarily keeping guns out of the hands of individuals deemed a danger to themselves and others. The bill included stringent due process provisions involving law enforcement, medical professionals and the judiciary.

Many prominent Republicans including Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock called for its passage. Many citizens of Highlands Ranch lobbied for it; we had recently experienced a plot to attack our own Mountain Vista High School.

Other Coloradans, affected by the Columbine and Aurora mass shootings, pushed for the law.

And a majority of Coloradans now support common-sense protections from our regular gun violence.

Despite broad bipartisan public support, the law failed to pass. Highlands Ranch’s current state House representative, Kevin Van Winkle, voted against it.

In contrast, HD-43 candidate Barrett Rothe supports common-sense gun violence protection measures, designed to encourage gun safety while protecting the rights of gun owners. As a concealed-carry permit holder himself, he understands the two are not mutually exclusive.

If you are ready for a thoughtful leader who understands the importance of compromise and who considers the concerns of all his constituents, please vote for Barrett Rothe.

Kelly Allan

Highlands Ranch

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