Letters: Riots; housing; masks; Cory Gardner

Loveland Reporter-Herald
September 2, 2020

By Reporter-Herald Letters September 2, 2020

Who’s going to pay?

For the last three months we have seen “protests” that have turned into riots in major cities. These “protests” have been infiltrated and/or taken over by anarchists, being passively supported by Democratic mayors and governors. If the mayors and governors had taken care of this when they started, we would not be seeing these images on TV news channels (particularly Fox News).

Fires have been started in businesses, police stations and federal buildings. People in these cities cannot leave their homes or apartments at night for fear of being attacked.

Don’t you ever ask yourself, who is funding all these “protesters” at this time? Where are they from? Who’s paying for food, lodging and transportation? Now investigators are finding that out-of-towners are making up a good portion of the rioters.

If George Soros or anyone else is found to support groups or foundations with links to these rioters, they should be made to reimburse all these cities that have incurred millions of dollars in damages. The cost of treatment for hundreds of police officers injured during these riots should be paid by the people fomenting these “protests’, i.e. riots.

You can argue that insurance could take care of all the damage, but that means insurance costs will go up for law abiding decent people. Hard working taxpaying Americans should not be expected to cover any of these damages.

Nick Thompson


Safe, stable housing benefits the entire community

Safe, stable housing is a cornerstone to a healthy, successful life. “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die,” by Keith Payne, recounts a massive study by HUD in which some families were given a subsidy to move from very poor neighborhoods to somewhat less poor ones They found that the children of families that moved were less likely to become single parents and more likely to stay in school and to attend college. By the time they were in their middle 20s, they earned 31% more that those who had stayed in their old neighborhoods. Similarly, when Chicago demolished some of their low-income housing projects and provided vouchers for residents to live in areas with less concentrated poverty, those who move had better employment rates and earned higher salaries. Good housing created a stronger, more secure home that benefited the next generation

In Fort Collins and Loveland there are several examples of developments that initially caused concerns and protests by neighbors, but when the housing was built, the fears were not realized. The affordable homes blended in with the neighborhood and, because there was a wait list to get in, tenants were very diligent about keeping up their residences. They were aware if they didn’t, they could lose their housing.

Recently, HUD said the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation which requires local jurisdictions to document that they are actively taking steps to address historical patterns of racial segregation in order to qualify for HUD funding, would be replaced. Rather than fearing that low income housing will “invade” our neighborhoods, we should realize that, in reality, safe, adequate, stable housing benefits not only those who receive it, but the whole community.

Marilyn Heller


I’ll do business where employees wear masks

Today I read the RH Line call from the person who saw Lowe’s employees working maskless on Wednesday. My husband and I were also in the paint department, on Thursday, and saw probably the same two employees. One was not wearing a mask. When I asked her to put it on, she refused. She said, “I can’t breathe.” Then she said, “As long as I stay six feet away.” I told her it doesn’t work like that, but before I could explain further, she walked away. Had she stayed, I would have explained that recent studies show that aerosols from an infected person can potentially linger in the air for hours. Staying six feet away from people does not prevent her from breathing out aerosols that can be breathed in by someone who passes through the same area later.

Every other employee we saw was wearing a mask, so it’s a mystery to me why this employee is the only one who feels incapable of following basic safety protocols. I reached out to Lowe’s corporate, and was assured that it is company policy that every employee wear a mask. I would hope that the store management would ensure all employees follow that policy, not flout it.

Most businesses I’ve been into in Larimer County are doing a good job with the mask mandate. If Lowe’s hopes to keep our business, they should do likewise.

Jamie Baker Roskie


Gardner has worked tirelessly for Colorado

I am writing to express my support for our U.S. senator, Cory Gardner. Cory has been a huge advocate for Colorado over the past six years in many areas including energy and natural resources, climate policies that produce results, transportation funding for roads and highways and transit, and many other areas that have directly benefited Colorado.

Cory is excellent in working in a bipartisan manner in the Senate that has created many positive results for Colorado and the country. I have personally heard from a half dozen U.S. senators (on both sides of the political aisle) in national conferences that I have attended where they expressed their appreciation to Sen. Gardner for his leadership and his cooperative manner in which he works.

I have known Cory personally for the last few years and know first-hand his incredible love for our state and our country. He has worked tirelessly and will continue to work hard to represent us in the best way possible.

Please join me in supporting Sen. Cory Gardner by voting for him to return as our U.S. senator from Colorado.

Dave Clark

Loveland City Council

Ward 4

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