Letters: Andrew Romanoff; anti-war treaty

2019-08-28 | Daily Times-Call (Longmont, Co.)

Aug. 28-- Aug. 28--Romanoff is a genuine advocate for Colorado

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has abandoned his presidential bid and joined the list of candidates vying for Cory Gardner's U.S. Senate seat in 2020. He is perceived by some Democrats as the candidate with the broadest appeal because of his left-leaning ideology combined with a folksy disposition that will appeal to conservatives.

In truth, Hickenlooper is a staunch oil and gas industry loyalist who actively opposed community efforts to gain more local control and stronger safety standards over oil and gas drilling -- hardly left-leaning. As governor, he repeatedly showed disdain for legislators by vetoing bipartisan bills that had passed the General Assembly by a wide margin -- and now he wants to be one?

We can do better.

I am supporting Andrew Romanoff for U.S. Senate in 2020 because he is an experienced legislator, a principled leader and genuine advocate for Colorado citizens -- and he will defeat Cory Gardner.

Andrew's qualifications include an impressive record of serving four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives (2001-2009), including two terms as speaker of the House. He earned recognition from more than 50 state and national organizations as one of the most effective legislative leaders in America. His endorsements include more than 250 colleagues and community leaders across Colorado who believe he is the best candidate in 2020 to unseat Gardner.

At a recent campaign event, Andrew clearly outlined his ideas on several topics including climate change, health care including mental health support, public education, gun safety and immigration reform. Articulate, confident and well-reasoned -- Andrew spoke with conviction and humility, and listened intently to his audience.

Andrew Romanoff is a true progressive leader and common-sense problem solver who will honorably serve all Coloradans as our next U.S. Senator.

Kimberly Gibbs

Gunbarrel

U.S. should renounce offensive military action

The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed on Aug. 27, 1928. It outlaws war as a tool of foreign policy. The United States is still legally bound by this treaty which commits nations to resolve conflicts peacefully.

Martin Luther King Jr. called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world." That remains true today. U.S. military imperialism has been responsible for more than 20 million deaths through war crimes against the people of 37 nations since the end of World War II. The United States has established the most extensive military empire in history with about 800 foreign military bases.

All wars and acts of aggression by the United States since 1928 have violated the Kellogg-Briand Pact and the United Nations Charter since it was signed in 1945. Article 2 of the United Nations Charter states:

"All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations."

The United States should uphold the Kellogg-Briand Pact, shut down all of its foreign military bases, restrict its military to non-offensive defense of U.S. territory, abolish its weapons of mass destruction, and eliminate foreign military aid. U.S. foreign policy should focus strictly on humanitarian aid, respect for human rights, fair trade and support for environmental sustainability.

The United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017. The United States has about 6,185 nuclear warheads. It should ratify this treaty and abolish its nuclear weapons.

Gary Swing

Unity Party Candidate for U.S. Senate

Denver