By Megan Schrader
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The weekly newsletter of The Denver Post’s opinion pages.
Technology is pervasive in our lives but should it be treated like a necessary public utility similar to the water we drink or the energy that heats our homes?Vincent Carroll answered that question Sunday, at least in terms of one Big Tech company, Facebook, with a resounding “No.”
“We all know people without a Facebook account whose lives suffer not one whit for the deprivation,” Carroll writes. He pushes back against the politically expedient narrative these days that Big Tech should be broken up by the government and regulated like other public utilities.
So think, today, about the roles various Big Tech companies play in your lives. Is there a response needed to Google’s potential to become a monopoly? Or can we still go without the search engine or find a viable alternative? These aren’t easy questions and these problems will loom large in the 2020 presidential race.
— Megan Schrader, Editor of The Denver Post editorial pages.
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First, a summary of what was in our Sunday Perspective section this week:
Talk of breaking up Big Tech companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple has reached a crescendo, including among candidates for president who want to break up the big companies to stop monopolistic practices. But not all Big Tech is a “utility” in nature, argues Vincent Carroll.
Backing off the Facebook “catastrophe”?: Denver Post columnist Vincent Carroll writes that whatever faults the social media giant might have, they hardly merit the comprehensive denunciations that are common these days – and which often preface calls for breaking up the company or imposing muscular regulation in order to prevent it from sinning again.
Ivy League rejection: Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv saw his admission to Harvard University rescinded last week after screenshots of slurs and racist language from 2017 or early 2018 made their way online. While the 18-year-old may deserves some sympathy, The Washington Post’s Christine Emba writes, the consequences make sense.
Rick McKee, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
“Forced monopolies” on the Front Range: Jon Caldara wonders why city councils in Colorado are playing Monopoly with taxpayers’ money.
Developing the leaders of tomorrow: Doug Friednash has found something to be optimistic about amidst the barrage of fake news stories and scandals spewing from our nation’s capital – CiviCO Leadership Foundation, which is fighting the tide of political toxicity and winning in the name of good government, citizenship and cultivating our next generation of leaders.
Bernie Bro, he is not: George Will writes that the word “socialism” has become a linguistic casualty of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, with Bernie Sanders’ version being nothing more than a tweaked New Deal.
Editorial: The Denver Post Editorial Board writes that Denver’s leaders must win the land battle for the 155-acre Park Hill Golf Club that the owners have made steps toward selling to developers. “Denver is becoming denser every day, rightfully so, to meet the demands of a growing population, and the city must respond by aggressively acquiring parkland to compensate.”
Guest Commentary: Don Marostica recalls the last significant reform to TABOR in 2005, writing Republicans and Democrats should join forces again this time around to budget for when the economy is strong in order to prepare for when the worst happens.
Letters to the editor: On the letters page, Denver Post readers tackled a number of issues. Here are several of their letters:
Lisa Benson, Washington Post Writers Group
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The past week
Here are highlights from last week’s opinion coverage:
Editorial: Want to repeal TABOR? We do too, but here’s some realistic advice.
Greg Sargent: Trump’s Iran reversal exposes one of his most dangerous lies
Guest Commentary: Gardner has put pressure on Russia now he must hold the president accountable
Jon Caldara: Colorado cities like Longmont and Boulder are venturing into ill-advised monopolistic ventures
Doug Friednash: CiviCO is developing the leaders of tomorrow across Colorado
Vincent Carroll: Put down your pitchforks and get real about Big Tech’s trade-offs
Krista Kafer: Don’t raze Columbine High School; hold trespassers accountable
Christine Emba: Sure, Kyle Kashuv deserves some sympathy. But the consequences make sense.
Paul Waldman: How Trump may get manipulated into war with Iran
Leonid Bershidsky: Details revealed about U.S. efforts to hack Russia’s power grid may be a message to Putin
Guest Commentary: Let’s talk magic mushrooms, Denver, now that they are decriminalized
Guest Commentary: Not all budget deficits are created equal
Krista Kafer column: Rep. Crow’s gun liability law makes a mockery of personal responsibility
More letter from readers
Jeff Koterba, Omaha World-Herald
The Sound Off, which is emailed to subscribers every Monday, is a roundup of what we’ve been publishing on the opinion pages over the past week. That includes Denver Post editorials, op-ed columns by Post columnists like Jon Caldara and Vincent Carroll as well as nationally syndicated columnists like George F. Will and Catherine Rampell, plus guest commentaries, letters to the editor and editorial cartoons.
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