Col­lu­sion or not, Kush­ner and Trump team’s be­hav­ior de­spi­ca­ble

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Jim Dud­ley, Tom Ryan,

I strongly dis­agree with The Den­ver Post’s ed­i­to­rial pro­mot­ing a mu­sic fes­ti­val for five years on the Over­land Park Golf Course just to add mu­sic venue fame to the city and dol­lars to city cof­fers. A golf course is not made to han­dle the foot traf­fic of 80,000 peo­ple stomp­ing on the turf for three days and set-up ve­hi­cles for five weeks ev­ery year for five years.

Mit­i­ga­tion money is not an ac­cept­able al­ter­na­tive. Many neigh­bor­hood se­niors reg­u­larly play golf at Over­land. It ap­pears that now they will be of­fered in­for­ma­tion on how to take a bus else­where and re­ceive a lit­tle dis­count. There is money for the city, but no bonus for the in­jured golf course or dis­placed golfers — only some mit­i­ga­tion

Se­ri­ously, Den­ver Post? You re­ally think al­low­ing 80,000 peo­ple to tram­ple the grasses on Over­land Park Golf Course is a good idea? For $200,000, the peo­ple of Ruby Hill get to have their lives upended for five weeks ev­ery Septem­ber for five years?

The Over­land golf course is a spe­cial place with wa­ter­fowl habi­tat and sen­si­tive nat­u­ral grass ar­eas. How short is your mem­ory? The 4/20 fes­ti­val did quite a num­ber on Civic Cen­ter, re­mem­ber? “Trump son-in-law: No Rus­sia col­lu­sion,” July 25 news story.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kush­ner said be­fore tes­ti­fy­ing be­hind closed doors in the Se­nate that he did not col­lude with the Rus­sians and does not know any­one in the Trump cam­paign who did. That misses the point.

What is clear from the email ex­change from Don­ald Trump Jr. is that the Trump sur­ro­gates at­tended a meet­ing with a Rus­sian lawyer with the ex­pec­ta­tion of re­ceiv­ing neg­a­tive in­forma- tion about Hil­lary Clin­ton to help Trump win the elec­tion. The fail­ure of the Trump sur­ro­gates to get what they wanted does not make this a “noth­ing burger,” as many of the Trump team have claimed.

The in­tent to col­lude is plain for all to see. The Trump rep­re­sen­ta­tives sought out Rus­sian help to win the elec­tion. Just be­cause the Trump team didn’t get the se­cret sauce they were look­ing for does not make this a “noth­ing burger.” Col­lu­sion or not, it’s de­spi­ca­ble. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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