Conservative influence on CU politics

I have lived in Boulder for 42 years and have been paying close and careful attention to the actions of the University of Colorado’s administration. To fully understand what is actually happening in the selection of CU’s president, it is necessary to review some very relevant articles from the last few years.

Start with “Connecting the Dots” by Dr. Alan Jones, June 16, 2006, from Inside Higher Ed. Jones, dean of faculty at Pitzer College, details the many interconnections between various conservative organizations and think tanks, how they cite each other’s publications while trying to keep these connections hidden, and the funding sources for their coordinated attacks on higher education because they think it is too “radical” and “liberal.” I heard Jones give his excellent presentation on this at Muenzinger in late April 2007.

Then see “ACTA – ing Out: Who is Pulling the Strings at CU?” from Sept. 17, 2009, at BoulderWeekly.com, which details the very strong influence of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni on CU. Former CU President Hank Brown was a founding member, as was Lynne Cheney, Dick Cheney’s wife.

Then see “Profs Silenced at CU” by Professor Martin Walter in the Nov. 13, 2007, Boulder Daily Camera. He details ACTA’s actions at CU and what happened when he brought up the case of Professor Adrienne Anderson, who taught for 11 years in CU’s School of Environmental Studies, was consistently rated one of the top teachers, but had all her classes canceled suddenly with no explanation because she had dared to publicize the fact that one of CU’s top corporate donors was also responsible for extensive environmental pollution. For more on this — and the extensive corporate and conservative influence on the selection of CU’s president — see Anderson’s letter in the Feb. 15, 2008, Colorado Daily. The title is “Is the Neo-Con Agenda Your Agenda?”

After reading all these, you’ll understand why the selection process was so “opaque.”

Skip Keith, Boulder

We must protect our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic

As our legislators and the electorate digest the findings of the special prosecutor’s 22-month investigation into Russian interference in our elections and obstruction of justice, impeachment is being debated in this historic moment. The debate itself is an essential part of our democratic process that enables us all to learn and engage.

That engagement is more purposeful when we acknowledge these truths:

This is not about Watergate or Bill Clinton This is about a president who, for the first time in our nation’s history, has endangered our nation’s security by currying personal favor with a dangerous foreign adversary while forming an adversarial relationship with his own intelligence community.

This is not only about a president who has committed indictable acts, but a president who consistently commits impeachable acts in plain view. He lies to the American people, promotes violence against his political enemies, promotes bigotry, encourages partisan enforcement of the law, attacks the free press, violates immigrant’s rights to due process and is blatantly guilty of perjury of oath.

This is not about the 2020 election; this is about the 2018 election, when a historic number of midterm election voters changed the balance of power in our government by sending a diverse group representing “we the people” to D.C. to put the president’s in-your-face lawlessness and abuse of power in check.

This is not about Democrat vs. Republican; this is about 545 legislators taking the ubiquitous oath to our constitution with “true faith and allegiance” to the same. This is not about personal ambition; this is about the principled leadership that our nation demands at a time when our democracy is under attack.

We should acknowledge that impeachment investigations have begun as congressional committees have issued subpoenas to essential witnesses. As more clarity is presented, this is not about dividing our nation, but about learning, participating and uniting around our own commitment to protect our nation “against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” as we seek to restore our nation to a place of civility and security.

Susan Krummrei, Greeley

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