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Court-martial in order

Re: “Weak links in the U.S. Air Force Academy’s long blue line,” Jan. 24 commentary

This ’63 grad has written to the Air Force Academy’s Association of Graduates asking if there is a way to revoke Lt. Col. (Ret) Larry Brock’s status as a graduate after bringing extreme shame on USAFA.

I also wrote Congressman Jason Crow to ask if there is a way he can encourage the Pentagon to recall Brock to active duty and court-martial him.

I cannot remember a single incident of political activity by a fellow Air Force member during my 25 years on active duty, other than voting, which I did in Vietnam during my year there.

Larry McLaughlin, Major, USAF (Ret), Aurora

Cover those noses

Re: “ ‘It’s going to be tough’,” Jan. 24 sports story

So, I see in The Denver Post’s prep basketball story in Sunday’s paper that CDPHE says, “masks that cover the nose and mouth will work.”

While I realize it was not during a “game” situation, the front-page photo clearly shows five of six players with masks not covering their noses. Inside photos show two of three players with noses uncovered, as well as coach Rudy Carey.

If you’re going to mask up, kids, mask up!

Steve McPherson, Denver

All for vaccine optimism

Re: “Vaccine campaign should emphasize optimism,” Jan. 22 commentary

I totally agree. We are constantly being beaten over the head with “Don’t for a minute believe you can have any semblance of a normal life just because you get the vaccine.” Besides being able to see friends in person if all have gotten the vaccine, a person can walk around in the world with less paranoia — and spend money!

We old losers have done nothing for 10 months. Lots of us have a long mental list of things we want to do if we can ever feel safe. Yeah, we’ve done a lot of online shopping, but some things you just have to do in person such as getting your teeth cleaned, having your piano tuned and getting new jeans and running shoes — just for a start.

I think you can say these things without people thinking they have the OK to throw caution to the wind.

M. Harper, Littleton

All aboard for passenger rail

Re: “ ‘Amtrak Joe’ to open rails?” Jan. 25 news story

“Amen, Brother Buttigieg!” is my heartfelt response to Pete Buttigieg’s statements made to the New York Times, as quoted in Jim Robbins’ article.

The time for the United States to move forward into the 21st century by updating and maintaining our infrastructure is long past. An updating and expansion of rail service all across this nation has been neglected for too many years.

Instead of increasing funding to “provide for the common defense” by $100 billion per year, how about increasing funding to “promote the general welfare” by an equal amount?

William Sherrell, Lafayette

Don’t rush the judgment

Why is there a rush by the Democrats to bring Donald Trump to trial in the U.S. Senate? Watergate required months of hearings. This is the one and only chance that the country has to establish the definitive record of the machinations of Trump and his minions as they went about trying to steal the election from the American people.

Given the political divide in America, it is doubtful whether many of Trump’s supporters will be convinced by the reality that would be revealed. They have already drunk the Kool-Aid.

But if the American republic were to fall into despotism, as it still can, historians will at least be able to study how it happened when the evidence of Trump’s scheming is made plain for all to see.

Guy Wroble, Denver

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