Diversity at CU

The leadership at CU claims to want greater diversity, inclusion and retention. Maybe they should start at the top. Based on photos from the CU website, Bruce Benson’s executive team has eight white men and four women, one of whom is black. This ethnic makeup is hardly representative of the population of Colorado. Perhaps the CU president should hire a more diverse team. Once hired, they would have to receive fair …

Minimum Wage

Nobody can get by on $8.31 per hour. Franklin Roosevelt enacted the minimum wage in 1938 to keep working families out of poverty. Clearly another boost is needed to achieve that goal today. Businesses are often vocal opponents of any increases. They argue jobs will be lost and companies will be forced to shut down. In reality, research shows that there is little or no negative effect on jobs or small …

Fracked

Excerpt from Daily Camera editorial advisory board 05/06/2016 written by Judy Amabile  This week’s topic: What’s your take on the Colorado Supreme Court’s fracking decisions striking down a ban in Longmont and a moratorium in Fort Collins? On Jan. 7, 1632, the city of Cambridge passed the colonies’ first land-use regulations. One measure restricted the location of horse stables. They were considered a nuisance. In 1916, New York City enacted the country’s …

Elections and Democracy

County Commissioner Deb Gardner said this about Paul Danish’s entrance into the race: “I think it will be a good conversation…there will be differences between the two of us…A choice is good for democracy.” I wholeheartedly agree with her. They will debate issues like fracking, GMO crops on open space, growth and density, and the county’s role in affordable housing, to name a few. Both candidates are smart and thoughtful. …

Living Wage

Reading about the pay rates and employment practices of the city of Boulder and the University of Colorado and the companies they contract with is disturbing. Boulder has spent millions of tax dollars creating affordable housing, caring for the homeless and providing a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. Taxpayers have given this money because we value fairness, diversity and compassion. Now we learn that the city uses our …

2014 Election Results

The Republicans’ strategy of portraying President Obama and the Democrats as not just unpopular, but downright terrifying, was very effective. Political advertising reached an all-time low with regard to false and misleading scare tactics. Ebola and ISIS were seen streaming across the Rio Grande River with the help of Mexican coyotes, all hell-bound to kill us in our beds. In Colorado, Nathan Dunlap was at the prison gate ready to spring …

The flood

A friend sent me a link to a video that oddly captured so many aspects of the flood this week. The video, “Boulder Flood Lyfe,” shows Connor Wall, Will Adams and Knutzen Hoff’s evacuation route out of Fourmile Canyon. You see their devastated home, neighbors checking in on neighbors, rescue workers, repair crews and police. The road is destroyed and the river is raging. Two of the young men are riding …

Smoking ban

Having cigarette smoke blown in your face while walking on the Pearl Street Mall is like having somebody spit on you. Being out in public exposes us to all manner of rude and sometimes disgusting behavior; that’s life. Thankfully, the Boulder City Council has drawn a line at the injustice of having to breathe somebody else’s toxic fumes. The university should follow suit and ban smoking on all CU campuses. …

Youth Sports Arms Race

The article about the youth sport “arms race” in our country hit home (Daily Camera, Nov. 23). It talks about how the hyper-competitive atmosphere around youth sports results in fewer children participating. Those that do participate spend an enormous amount of money on gear, trainers, travel and program fees. These children and their families forgo other activities like family meals and non-sports interests. These aren’t the only downsides. When my …

Climate Change

Excerpt from the Daily Camera editorial advisory board 11/03/2012 written by Judy Amabile  Hurricane Sandy became a monster storm long feared on the East Coast, crippling transportation, destroying some communities and killing an estimated 100 people. It also became the biggest national news story of the week, bringing up serious issues regarding the climate, politics and preparedness and response. What do you think? This year’s election has been a dizzying assault on …