Fred Rubin: Adam Toledo: Change starts at home
Your publication of the Chicago Tribune editorial on the death of Adam Toledo on April 18 was a terrible choice. While the death of a person before his or her time is tragic, the death of a 13-year-old is all the more terrible. But the editor apparently decided not to publish that this kid probably shot at passing cars only minutes earlier and ran in front of a police officer with gun in hand and didn’t stop when asked to.
The editorial says changes need to be made. Exactly. But perhaps someone should be wondering why this kid’s parents allowed their 13-year-old son to run around in the middle of the night with a 21-year-old gang member, allegedly shooting at passing cars. In which world are parents not to blame for their child ending up dead in an alley?
The changes that need to be made start at home. Parents of children should care enough about their children to know who they are meeting with, teaching their children what is right and what is wrong, and spending some time raising their children with decent values.
But it’s so much easier to blame the cops. “Change some rules … that will fix the problem.” No! The harder task is getting parents to be responsible for raising their children, and laws cannot. Nobody seems to want to talk about this solution. Until then, the children will continue to die. If not, the circle repeats itself.
Some may remember… “It’s ten o’clock. Do you know where your children are? “I haven’t heard that message in decades. It’s a shame. It cost a 13-year-old his life.
Lydia Linke: Chuck Wibby: Teaching about composting
Chuck Wibby’s April 22nd column, “Stop Lying to Us,” contained inaccuracies even about the Boulder County’s recent LWVBC webinar on large-scale composting. The stated purpose of this event was to “clear the story, understand what composting is, where it comes from, where it is going, what are the costs and benefits, and where we are going from here”. The event should not focus on the recent controversy surrounding the potential location of a facility. There were 90 people present and 160 registrants who together asked over 100 questions. Similar to other league forums, the moderators have worked to ask the speakers as many different questions as possible. The questions covered topics such as smells, use of biosolids, acceptance of construction and demolition, and numerous other topics.
The LWVBC has had a position on sustainable solid waste management including support for industrial composting since 1987. However, LWVBC does not currently have a position on any particular composting facility proposal in Boulder County. We remain a non-partisan, independent organization engaged in research and consensus on all political positions.
It is noteworthy that the league’s position on natural resources includes the following statement: “Citizens’ education should promote a positive attitude towards responsible waste management. Education about source reduction of household solid and hazardous waste should be a high priority. “Community members may or may not agree to information and perspectives shared by panelists on April 14th. I believe this community event met the educational goal well. I invite others to decide for themselves what to think of large-scale composting. Individuals interested in viewing the recording of the league event themselves can do so by going to lwvbc.org and clicking on the Climate Action Team page.
Climate Action team leader
League of Women Voters of Boulder County
David Clifton: Cicero: A History Lesson
The following quote is from a Roman senator named Cicero 55 years before Christ was born. “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be replenished, the national debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officials should be tempered and controlled, and aid to foreign countries should be restricted so that Rome does not go bankrupt. People have to learn to work again instead of living on public support. “
Six years later, Roman democracy was taken over by Julius Caesar, six years after Cicero was murdered by Caesar’s agents who ushered in the Roman Empire.
Things happen faster these days.
Amber Carey: Homelessness: Showing Solidarity
With the onset of COVID and the economic recession, we’ve seen an increase in homelessness and food insecurity in Boulder. Boulder offers a variety of opinions on how to deal with the unhodged population. Some argue that the time has come to criminalize camps and discourage these institutions. Others argue we need to move on to the city’s first housing plan to provide access to and support for those without housing in this transition. We must show solidarity with the homeless of Boulder and oppose plans to criminalize their camps and their being.
At the moment, Boulder relies on a coordinated access system that can result in unhodged people receiving assistance with emergency shelter and food needs. However, if someone is not registered for the program, they will be cut off from virtually all services. It’s not an efficient way of helping people, and it sometimes solves the problem by making bus tickets available to people outside of the city. We need to promote education about the resources available. Everyone deserves adequate protection, and no one should have to worry about where their next meal will come from. There are many solutions and resources available for the homeless population in the city of Boulder. We need to focus on community-based support for these groups and work to expand the systems we have already put in place.
CoPIRG Campus Action, Boulder