Make a thankful holiday
Re: “Give the gift that matters most by staying home over the holiday,” Nov. 14 commentary
I applaud the discussion from Doctors Burman and Douglas, to “give the gift of health” this holiday season by committing to public health COVID-19 guidelines. We are asked to double-down and do more to protect both your loved ones and my loved ones with minimally burdensome, albeit non-aesthetic, lifestyle tactics. These simple measures, outlined in the article, are well-known principles of public health. They not only save lives but are crucial to ensuring our hospitals have enough capacity and staff and that our businesses stay open.
The “can-do” plea is particularly appealing. Imagine every Coloradan saying “no” to being part of the problem. Imagine our neighbors saying “we’ve had enough” of the record-breaking rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases, and of the escalating per-cent of positive COVID tests (where less than 5% is desirable, yet we are hugging a dangerous 13%), and, of the ominous increase in hospitalizations with declining hospital bed and staff availability.
These are, in fact, the three metrics used by our public health officials to determine a community’s level of restrictions. Imagine if everyone just said “no” to Levels Orange (safer-at-home, high-risk) and Red (stay-at-home) and committed to doing their part to protect people and help businesses.
Debra Parsons, Denver
Editor’s note: Parsons is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and past-president of the Colorado Medical Society.
They “wuz robbed”
Re: “House GOP picks new minority leader,” Nov. 10 news story
The new minority leader of Colorado’s House Republicans, Rep. Hugh McKean of Loveland, stated upon his election to his post, “I think the reason we’re losing elections is because the voters are being tricked and deceived by Democrats, and we need to do everything we can to expose that deception.”
I’m seeing a trend here: President Donald Trump didn’t lose the election, he was defrauded by 77 million votes against him. The Republicans in Colorado are only a minority party because Coloradans keep getting “tricked and deceived.”
The Republicans have embraced in defeat that long used phrase first uttered by the boxer Max Schmeling’s manager in 1932 when he lost to the American Jack Sharkey, “We wuz robbed.”
Perhaps they might consider that the voters prefer one party on the issues over the other one.
Richard Nathan, Greenwood Village
Lockdown and a chill pill
We the people need to declare a lockdown on our animosity against those with which we disagree.
We need to take a chill pill and pull together for our neighborhood, community and state — for the future of America and our children.
David L. Stevenson, Denver
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