Re­sponses to the ar­rest of dis­abled ac­tivists at Sen. Gard­ner’s of­fice

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

Re: “Dis­abled pro­test­ers ar­rested af­ter sit-in,” June 30 news story.

Noth­ing could il­lus­trate more graph­i­cally the heart­less­ness of the Repub­li­cans and their tragic health care bill than the photo on the front page of last Fri­day’s Den­ver Post. It showed hon­est, car­ing dis­abled ci­ti­zens be­ing hand­cuffed, ar­rested and hauled away dur­ing their sit-in at Sen. Cory Gard­ner’s of­fice. Gard­ner, a co-au­thor of the Se­nate Repub­li­can health care bill, which was de­vel­oped in se­cret, was not present, nor did he meet with the ci­ti­zens.

Sen. Gard­ner, please do right by the av­er­age cit­i­zen and stop pan­der­ing to the ul­tra-rich 1 per­cent and the self­in­ter­ested Tea Party mem­bers of your party. Health care and tax breaks for the rich are two sep­a­rate is­sues and should be han­dled that way in clear and open hear­ings with cit­i­zen in­put, no mat­ter how painful it may be to hear. Brent Giezen­tan­ner, Colorado Springs

Poor Sen. Cory Gard­ner, once again be­tween a rock and a hard place. In the case of the ADAPT pro­test­ers, the land­lord made him do it.

Just like the top-se­cret Se­nate bill, the de­ci­sion is not his to make.

Does the build­ing lease al­low his of­fice to have that fence he’s sit­ting on? Bob Nel­son, Den­ver

How ironic! Den­ver is the first ma­jor city in the na­tion to get wheel­chairs on pub­lic buses for the dis­abled, yet we now see the Den­ver po­lice cart­ing the dis­abled off from Sen. Cory Gard­ner’s of­fice for protest­ing the pos­si­ble loss of med­i­cal in­sur­ance. ADAPT founder Wade Blank must be turn­ing over in his grave. Kevin Samp­son, Den­ver

He­len H. Richard­son, The Den­ver Post

Po­lice ar­rested 10 pro­test­ers in Sen. Cory Gard­ner’s Den­ver of­fice last Thurs­day, two days af­ter they be­gan a sit-in to de­mand that Gard­ner op­pose the GOP’s plan to re­peal and re­place Oba­macare.

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