Letters: 3/10/16

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Superdelegate Polis
Democrats voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by a 2:1 margin in Colorado’s Second Congressional District on Super Tuesday. Jared Polis, who lives right in the middle of Boulder, Colorado, is endorsing Hillary Clinton and is a superdelegate to the DNC in July.

How can Clinton supporter Jared Polis argue that he represents the views of the people of Colorado CD2? Tell me if you can.
Harry Hempy/Jamestown

Response to climate plan story
Although a picture can say a thousand words, the chart in Avery McGaha’s recent article [Re: “Bill Aims to Strengthen Colorado’s Climate Plan,” Eco-brief, Mar. 3] also tells a succinct story — Colorado’s goal-free climate plan is inadequate. Even as projected greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation decline slightly, emissions from transportation, oil and gas processing, and other uses rise. Total emissions continue increasing through 2030. If this picture could speak, it might say, “Colorado is trying to reduce emissions, but not very hard, and success isn’t all that important.”

Yet the growing risks of climate change — to Colorado, to the nation, to the world — demand that we try as hard as we can. They demand that we plan for success. Enacting House Bill 16-1004 would be a good first step.

Under that bill, which has passed the House and is waiting for a Senate vote, Colorado could set emissions-reductions goals commensurate with the crucial task before us. Then these goals could drive the implementation of policies, such as carbon pricing, that cut emissions across all economic sectors rather than allowing progress in some areas to be undone by backsliding in others. That picture would say, “Colorado takes climate change seriously, and we are genuinely committed to deep, quantifiable greenhouse gas reductions.”
Jarett Zuboy/Golden

Trump causes implosion of Republican Party
After eight years of demagoguery, obstructionism and racism the Republican Party is imploding.

With the emergence of Donald Trump, the Republicans have become suicidal and have turned on each other attacking itself like an angry cornered rattlesnake biting itself. Trump is the Frankenstein monster creation of the selfish and polarized nature of the Republican Party.

Ever since the New Deal, Republicans have been doing everything in their power to destroy the poor and middle class and eviscerate unions and social programs turning the U.S.A into a plutocracy. With the death of Scalia and emergence of Trump it is a new and better day for the people, liberals and Democrats as well as hope for the poor and middle class. This is Democratic Party schadenfreude, and it does not get much better than this.
Andrew J. O’Connor/Lafayette

Election 2016
My analysis of Super Tuesday: Amerika Uber Alles! Corporate whore vs. the reincarnation of Hitler. Sure makes me want to participate in the totally corrupted process. Wall Street won. Nothing else matters. Guess I’ll smoke my herb and listen to ’60s psychedelic rock. I shot my wad and I lost.
Might move to Canada if Trump wins. Einstein didn’t wait to see what Hitler would do. Hillary is the Hindenburg of Amerika. Both the general and the zeppelin. Up in flames.
Jim Wilkinson/Boulder

  • Nick

    How can the USA claim to have the moral imperative to bring democracy to the world when it can’t even have honest democracy at home. If you are not careful you will lose what few allies you have.

    • heinlein

      Who says we don’t have an honest democracy? Compared to whom?

      • Nick

        Are you saying that the super delegate for Colorado can ignore the majority of voters and give their vote to Clinton?

        • heinlein

          No, I said “Who says we don’t have an honest democracy? Compared to whom?”

          • Nick

            Okay, I’ll spell it out. A fundemental facet of democracy is that a person can cast one vote and their one vote has the same power as every other vote.
            This scenario of a super delegate ignoring the majority to support the minority is the opposite of that. On it’s own this appears a bit unfair, bordering on corrupt.
            But if you also look at some of the other issues, such as;
            -140,000 Bernie Sanders votes being nullified in NY
            – Polling stations in Sanders strong holds slashed.
            -Hillary receiving millions of dollars worth of free advertising in the form of postive news stories.
            -Sanders being slammed in the main stream media.
            -All political comentators saying Hillary won debates when ALL spectator polls showed Sanders to be the victor.
            -Exit polling being so wrong in favour of Hillary. (So wrong that statistically the margin of error is 1 in 25,000. Usually accpeted margins are 4%, or 1 in 25.)
            And a picture of absolut corruption appears certain.
            I ignored the comparison question as it seemed irrelevant. But I can think of a number of countires whose democracy is a lot more transparant (aka honest) than the US of A. Germany. Iceland. New Zealand (though not by much), Australia. Heck, even the Ukraine seems more honest.

          • heinlein

            I’ll spell it out for you. You are ignorant of our political system and the nature of party politics. Political parties are private organizations, not governmental entities, and they are free to make their own rules. Superdelegates are nothing new, and have existed long before this election. They have rarely decided a nomination in the Democratic party. Likewise, states make their own primary rules, which in many cases require being registered in the party in whose primary they want to vote, as in NY. This, too, has been the rule for some time. We do not live in a pure or Athenian democracy, which the Founders abhorred. That is why the U.S. Senate, in which Bernie Sanders serves, is a most “undemocratic” institution, giving the same number of senators to each state, regardless of population. Learn something before you rant.

          • Nick

            Are you seriously trying to say that there’s no corruption in this search for a democratic candidate?

          • heinlein

            There’s no temporal institution free of corruption, Brother. We are all sinners. Hallelujah!

  • Rajveer Patil
  • heinlein

    Do move to Canada.