A sorry state of affairs The American electorate is in a sad state. It seems that chaos is the only rule in the political realm. Our president posts frequent attacks on fellow Americans on social …
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A sorry state of affairs
The American electorate is in a sad state. It seems that chaos is the only rule in the political realm. Our president posts frequent attacks on fellow Americans on social media. Members of the media often strike back through their airwaves and newsprint. The American public is increasingly polarized.
This year in Colorado, the state House expelled one of its own members for alleged sexual harassment. Our state Senate saw one of its male members accused of using the women’s bathroom on a regular basis while another member from the opposite political party was accused of sexual harassment that was allegedly so pervasive that no female legislative aide wanted to be alone with him. These accusations are salacious, and they get print. But, the real business of the people goes largely unnoticed.
I watched Englewood’s city council study session and regular meeting on Aug. 20 from home. Sadly, Englewood exemplifies the mercurial state of the American electorate.
At the regular meeting, each member of council talked about how much they care. One member, Laurett Barrentine, even shed tears. Barrentine is fighting to save her seat amid a recall effort launched by two former mayors and two other citizens of her district. During public comment, several known Barrentine associates announced an effort to recall five other members of council (Olson, Russell, Martinez, Wink and Cuesta).
I understand the reasons for the Barrentine recall. But I can’t wrap my head around these other recall efforts. Are they a distraction or are they serious? One thing is certain regardless of their purpose. Whether the recall efforts succeed or fail, all hail chaos — our new leader.
Steven M. WardEnglewood
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