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On the other side of history
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman went to Washington at the same time the first non-white male was elected president. This was a truly historic event, but one that was greeted by many conservatives as a disturbing break from tradition. Unfortunately, Coffman joined the “just say no” movement in an attempt to undermine President Obama’s administration. In the face of the most severe economic crisis since the Depression, Coffman was against the stimulus program begun by President Bush, who deliberately took the FDR approach to this crisis. Coffman would have us believe the Herbert Hoover approach would have worked.
Although recognizing the need to reform our dysfunctional health care system, Coffman did not support the Affordable Care Act, and he has not supported any plan that would significantly bend the unsustainable cost curve of the status quo. He is against an individual mandate yet is mute about the unwritten mandate that all of us who have insurance must pay for the emergency care for those without insurance. Indeed, if those without insurance were covered, many emergencies could be avoided.
Coffman was against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which removed discrimination against homosexuals in the military. It is disturbing to hear him use the “point of the spear” argument that is reminiscent of what was said to keep non-whites at the point of the spear during World War II.
Now that his party is in the majority in the House, I hope that Coffman will feel comfortable in stepping out of his ideologic box. Given the recent tragic events in Arizona, I hope that he makes history by committing himself to civil discourse and bipartisan solutions to our country’s daunting problems.
Mark K. Matthews, M.D.

Challenge to board was America at its best
I went to the Jefferson County school board meeting Jan 6, and the participation was overwhelming. Citizens were upset.
At the previous school board meeting, four board members had voted to censure Laura Boggs. She was censured for remarks she reportedly made to Superintendent Cindy Stevinson. The papers had covered this very well, and the public read it with surprise and responded with courage.
Citizen after citizen stood up for freedom of speech. They stood up to the school board with courage and calmness. They denounced the censure as being unfair, unconstitutional and simply wrong. They stood up to the unions and talked about the problems in the schools. Older men, younger women, older women, all standing up for the best that is America. All standing up in a public forum and telling the board that they do not like what is going on, that the children should come first.
They complained about the bad scores on proficiency tests, and asked for better. They calmly talked about the transportation change in Indian Hills, and made such a precise and educated statement that the board looked foolish and absurdly inefficient. One man was so erudite that he would have been elected to the school board on the spot if that were possible. Citizens demanding better. Citizens standing up for what is right.
It was awesome. It was America.
To all of the people who spoke, even the ones I disagree with, I commend you.
You are heroes. If citizens can stand up to the school board and the hopeless effort to change a bureaucracy led by Dave Thomas, then there is hope for Jefferson County. There is hope for America.
There is hope.
Thanks to all of the brave citizens of Jefferson County who got involved, who spoke the truth, who are trying to make things better.
It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It was America at its best.
Randy Brown

A question of where and when
Everyone who knew him said he was scary and bound to go ballistic. A mentally unstable premeditating-murderer on marijuana who worshiped the devil. Not surprising. Only a question of where and when.
Having identified his intended victim years ahead, it seems unlikely the past election’s vitriol had anything to do with elevating his tendency toward violence. Maybe. Throw in a gun that can shoot 32 times in 10 seconds.
It took minutes before professional security arrived on scene. A self-loading gun with extended cartridge capacity was being reloaded when brave civilians tackled and subdued the killer to stop the massacre.
Thank God for action by civilians when they had the chance. God bless the child who went to see American politics and became an angel in Heaven at 9 years old. Let’s try not to avoid political discourse out of fear, because then evil will have caused more than fear itself to fear in America.
“Vortexing” is a theory that information compiled from various “sources in total” should have led “somebody who knew everything” to intervene and prevent a massacre. Add suicidal mentality and an intent to die at the scene by the perpetrator. Concealed carry will become more common among those who deserve a chance to shoot back.
Certainly the mentally unstable evil worshiper on drugs should not have been qualified to purchase a gun, but he would have found weapons easily (by the way, Colorado gun background checks require an answer to the marijuana question, and that is currently in conflict with state medical legality of that mind-altering substance).
With the history of testimony from professionals in education who now have “what if” remorse, we can be assured this is not a Columbine copycat where professionals kept their mouths shut in the aftermath and lied about prior incidents, which thwarted prevention.
I am hoping someone in America or around the globe will come up with an answer during President Obama’s moment of silence.
Steve Schweitzberger

Kopp right to defend limited government
Congratulations to state Sen. Mike Kopp on his well-written editorial in the Columbine Courier. Too many Colorado legislators in the past have co-sponsored or supported proposals that expand the power and cost of government in the name of some “well-intentioned” outcome. In most cases special interests benefited while taxpayers paid the price. This is often the case in so-called “private-public partnerships.” It never pays a dividend to compromise against the principles of limited government, lower taxes, and individual choice and responsibility.
The last four years in Colorado are testament to what can happen when limited-government principles are compromised. Thanks, Mike, for pointing to a fairer and more fiscally responsible path for legislators to take in the next session.
Tim Neville