LETTERS: palm scanners at Red Rocks; government practicing medicine | Denver-gazette


Palm scanners at Red Rocks

On September 14, AEG and AXS announced the rollout of Amazon One, a disturbing and dystopian biometric palm scanner, at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, by tying concert tickets to your palm prints.

Artists are furious at Red Rocks’ adoption of Amazon One, but Coloradans should be even more furious, and I find the lack of local outrage inexcusable. Each free Coloradan must require removal of the Amazon One scanners from Red Rocks.

The city of Denver owns and operates the amphitheater through Denver Arts & Venues. This means that spectators who willingly scan their palms to enter performances hand over their biometric information to a state organization, for a concert.

The state doesn’t even need your entire palm to grant you a Colorado concealed weapons license – just your fingerprints.

Participants who use Amazon One risk voiding their 5th Amendment rights. The Supreme Court has informally determined that biometric information is not protected by the 5th because it is not considered “content of the mind”.

If Red Rocks has your handprint on file, government agencies can use it against you in a criminal prosecution, nullifying your constitutional protections against self-incrimination.

If you care about freedom and privacy, you will oppose Red Rocks’ implementation of Amazon One, demand the cancellation of all Amazon One contracts, and by then boycott Red Rocks. Don’t let unelected city workers throw away your rights for cheap amenities. Scolds Red Rocks director Tad Bowman for taking spectator rights hostage – and Tad, if you’re reading this, remember who you work for.

Oswald Andrews


Government and medicine

We left Colorado in June, in part because the state’s COVID mandates were cumbersome and ineffective. The past few months have proven our conclusion to be true. We returned to Florida. Governor Jared Polis is now – finally – making monoclonal antibody therapy widely available. If it had done so long ago, as it has been done here, the situation would probably be quite different now, both for hospitals and for patients.

I speak from experience. It worked for me. I am grateful to have been in a state that allowed me to have it. The government must withdraw from the practice of medicine and leave the care to doctors and patients.

Colorado didn’t and its people paid the price.

Donna Brosmer

Daytona Beach, Florida


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