Even The Denver Post makes mistakes…but what really matters?

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

After a spate of misstatements, including President Biden forgetting names and dates and former President Trump confusing his opponent for the GOP nomination, Nikki Haley, who was his U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, many Americans are wondering what to think about mistakes made in public statements.

Jason Presley, whose name is misspelled here on page 2 of the Sunday Perspective section of the February 18, 2024 Denver Post, is not the Arapahoe County Sheriff.     

We wondered the same thing when we saw The Denver Post refer to Jason Presley as Arapahoe County Sheriff on its Op-Ed page last Sunday. Presley is a 19-year veteran of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, where he serves as one of about 500 sworn officers. He was also a candidate in the 2022 Republican primary for Arapahoe County Commissioner District Two but lost that race to Mark Gotto, who lost to Democrat Jessica Campbell-Swanson in the general election.

Presley’s contribution to the Post’s Op-Ed page was to call attention to HB24-1219 First Responder Employer Health Benefit Trusts. It would expand available health benefits for firefighters and peace officers for cancer treatment, cardiovascular screenings, and other health screenings and prevention. In his Op-Ed, Presley points out that, “Police officers are 25 more likely to die of a heart attack than to be killed by a suspect, and the average age for that heart attack is 46 years old.” 

Deputy Presley suffered a severe heart attack at the age of 47. He stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated, despite maintaining an exercise regimen and a good level of fitness.

HB24-1219 is sponsored by four members of the general assembly, one Democrat and one Republican from both the House and the Senate.

And, as an old friend of mine once said, everyone makes mistakes. That’s why pencils have erasers.