March for truth
In this post-truth world, it is important to remember the wisdom expressed by novelist Allan Gurganus when he wrote, "The truth is always radical. Real history is written not in the third person, but in the urgent first."
On Saturday, Jan. 21, women, men and children all over the globe will be marching to affirm the rights of women, minorities and the survival of the planet. It is as urgent as it has ever been, and you need to be there — in the first person. Meet up at 9 a.m. in Denver at Civic Center Park. You can find more information at marchoncolorado.org.
Be radical. Be truthful. Be there.
Naomi Rachel, Boulder
Billionaires in charge
The disappointment of the Obama economic recovery, devised by the financial wizards who caused the crash, has been that, while it did rescue international financial corporations and Wall Street, it has held little benefit for average Americans for whom the wealth of the nation has continued only to "trickle down." Donald Trump and his billionaire Cabinet, on the other hand, have fared well under the economic stimulus of billions of dollars being created out of thin air. The Obama administration also inherited the moral morass created by the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/oil industry invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. The consensus across America, after the adrenaline rush of "Shock and Awe," was that our military intervention in the Middle East was a fool's journey rather than an heroic enterprise.
Following this sentiment, Obama did everything he could to keep from adding more American names to the death toll of those wars, which have exploded now into sectarian conflict all across the region. It is early to say what will be the policies of the Trump presidency, but with a Cabinet dominated by former Goldman Sachs executives, retired generals and former Exon president/now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, it appears we have turned full circle and are headed again to a military rather than diplomatic stance in world politics. Three superpowers, endless proxy wars, constant surveillance? 1984 is here.
Robert Porath, Boulder