Avery Barnes: Society: We can still change, become smarter and more accepting
I’ve been talking about dystopian literature in my freshman English Honors class. This is a warning about what can come from the decisions we make, but it’s easy to forget that there is still good in the world we live in. Technology and “equality” warnings and As for how each causes our downfall, but I’m different.
Over the past few years, we have experienced the pandemic COVID-19. Advances in technology have allowed us to create vaccines that fight viruses we didn’t know about 11 months before they were made. We have seen communities come together to offer support and love after catastrophes like the Marshall Fires. Recently, there have been many peaceful protests against same-sex marriage, abortion rights and Black Lives Matter movements. And some of these have justice. Same-sex marriage law was recently passed in 2022. This opens up a lot of opportunities for people to finally be themselves and looks to the younger generation. As a 15-year-old girl who likes girls and boys, I realized it was okay.
As our technology advances and people accept who they are, we continue to see some negative things in society, but we also see positive things and why we are together. “Our brains are wired to seek out the bad,” says psychologist and author Rick Hanson. So, is our society really bad, or can it change and move forward and become smarter and more accepting?
Avery Burns, Ellie
Jim Shapiro: Buff: CU should return to its original mission: Academics
Here’s what the cameras have to say about the new football coach this week: It’s a change of attitude, an acceptance of expectations. ” please. Why not add “big waste of money” to your list. Easy. What does having a soccer team have to do with educating students? We all know the answer. Now let’s get back to CU’s mission: academics.
Jim Shapiro of Boulder
Richard Lee Landrum: Congress: Budget bill should be debated for months
Again, the swamps of Washington, DC passed, and it took me about 48 hours to “read” it. Thousands of pages of hastily written budget bills full of pork and landmarks.
Ladies and gentlemen, this happens over and over again and is a big reason why this country is $31 trillion in debt. Is it really overkill to ask these budgets to be carefully crafted, considered and debated for months? We truly believe that we are witnessing the death of America. Is there hope for America at this point?
Richard Lee Landrum, Longmont
Mary Scott: ADU: Increasing boulder density has negative effects
Understand that the City Council’s Attached Housing Unit (ADU) proposal homogenizes all Boulders neighborhood zoning to medium to high density. I oppose this upzoning by legislative mandate (meaning no referendum). This ends single-family zoning and devalues the property values of tens of thousands of boulderites who have paid higher mortgages and property taxes in search of less densely populated areas. Low density zoning is defined as one house per lot, up to 6 houses per acre. Medium density is 6-12 units/acre. High density is 12 homes/acre or more. The Council’s ADU proposal could triple density to 18 homes/acre by allowing 3 homes per lot (2 ADUs and original homes) in Boulder’s low-density single-family neighborhoods. increase.
I grew up in a busy East Coast city. I wouldn’t advocate eliminating the existing high density zoning because it was exciting. In my many decades as a nurse, I have learned that my nervous system needs a quiet, low-density space to replenish each night. You can go out and take care of your fellow humans when they are in need and suffering. A crescendo of no intensity doesn’t support that rejuvenation in a high-density environment. Nurse salaries are tough financially, but it’s worth the insurance premium so I can serve at my best.
We are also deeply concerned about current research showing that increasing population density in fragile ecosystems significantly increases fire risk. Remember the fire expert’s statement that dense housing fueled last year’s Marshall firestorm.
Mary Scott, Boulder