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Oct. 13—David M Gross: Steve Rosenblum and Mark Wallach: They know how to do the job
A Jimi Hendrix lyric often comes to mind as I hear well-intentioned people talk about what they want for Boulder. (The song title is a little out of context here.) "I know what I want, I just don't know how to go about getting it."
I'm writing today to encourage you to vote for Steve Rosenblum and incumbent Mark Wallach for Council. Four eligible members have chosen not to run again. Nothing could demonstrate more clearly how arduous and thankless — and often past "thankless" — it is to serve on Council.
But Council is critical here in Boulder. The city is run by its Council. The mayor (regardless of the selection process) is co-equal and has no greater role in running Boulder than any other member of Council. Therefore, Council members must be intelligent, diligent people with a demonstrated record of accomplishment. They must be expert in areas central to the vast and multi-dimensional challenges facing Boulder including equitable and fair housing, safety, social services, public finance and budgets, and of course flood mitigation and the associated complex annexation.
Like many other issues facing Boulder, CU South is clearly not simple. And it is very likely not a done deal. The university has hired clever people to work its side. We Boulder citizens have the chance to elect smart, reliable and experienced people to work our side. We must vote for people that every Tuesday evening have done the reading, understand the issues and can work successfully for us.
It is unquestionable that we must cast our votes for those who share our values. But for Council, we must also vote for those who in addition to knowing what they want, also know "how to go about getting it." Steve Rosenblum and Mark Wallach know.
David M Gross
Dave Smith: Boston Marathon: Congrats to Boulder's finishers
Yikes Daily Camera! We have outstanding performances by locals in the one of the world's best known marathons (Boston) and there is nothing mentioned in their hometown newspaper!
Huge congratulations to Boulder native Nell Rojas as top USA finisher (6th overall). Congratulations to Boulder resident Edna Kiplagat for her 2nd place, runner up overall finish. The Boulder running community is proud of you both!
Roger Hibbard: CU South: Decline to sign
Please show your compassion for many who are desperate for protection from ever-increasing flooding events. Decline to sign the referendum petition that would put the South Boulder Creek (SBC) flood protection project on hold or eliminate it all together. Decline to sign!
If signing a petition would jeopardize the life safety of thousands of Boulder residents, would you sign it? You're about to be asked to.
I have closely followed the Council and CU's work to produce an acceptable annexation agreement. Among numerous other community benefits, the most significant in the agreement is that flood protection work for SBC would move forward without delay. With 2,300 people at risk of another catastrophic flood event, this project is of grave importance.
In addition to CU donating 80 acres for the city's flood protection project through the annexation process, other notable community benefits would be enshrined in the agreement. These include CU's provision of 1,100 housing units for CU affiliates, provision of about 100 units of affordable housing, donation of 44 acres for city Open Space, and the right for the city to acquire 75 additional acres for open space.
Opponents of this annexation agreement are collecting signatures for a ballot referendum to overturn Council's decision to approve annexation, a critical blow to flood protection efforts. If enough signatures are gathered, much of the work on flood protection would be suspended, leaving thousands unnecessarily in harm's way for an unknown period of time. If the referendum is approved at the ballot box and the annexation is reversed, all bets are off for this critical health and safety project, along with the numerous other community benefits the city stands to gain via the agreement. Please decline to sign!
JD Setter: Challenging times: Labels are divisive
I understand people are facing challenging times — and the fear, uncertainty, confusion, and lack of trust we all feel and experience makes it difficult for us to challenge ourselves with new information. It's quite easy to feel safe in our understanding of the world by seeking refuge in a particular ideology. However, the downside of ideological thinking is that it often leaves little room for new information that could help us grow in our understanding of things. Thus, the best ideology is what's called the most ideologies. To approach intellectual matters in this way makes it possible to understand views we would otherwise not hold. This doesn't mean we would have to completely approve of others' views, but it would help encourage us to accept others' views more accurately.
When we examine the communication happening among people right now, there's clear signs of division. This division is primarily made possible by labels that are divisive by design. We often hear things like anti-science, science-denier, trust the science, anti-vax, pro-vax, vaccine-hesitant, and so on. Some even claim there is a wave of anti-science sweeping the country. In my opinion, it would be more accurate to say something like this, instead: "There is a growing number of people who question the validity of the interpretation of the science being used to prescribe the mandates." To question the validity of the interpretation of science is far from being anti-science. I understand people are concerned about the coronavirus, but it is neither fair nor productive to misrepresent people by placing them in divisive categories. Moreover, we must understand that maintaining an "Us" versus "Them" mentality will only keep us divided. We can begin the process of unification by utilizing more accurate and effective communication methods in our social interactions.