January 6 and the right to vote;  destruction of ecosystems;  Marshall Four donations;  Jeff Mitton

January 6 and the right to vote; destruction of ecosystems; Marshall Four donations; Jeff Mitton

M. Dianne Addison-Perkins: January 6: An urgent time to protect voting rights

A year ago, on January 6, we witnessed an attack on our country: a revolt by political extremists at the American Capitol.

A mob of violent rioters vandalized the Capitol building and threatened the lives of elected officials and staff who worked there – the core of American democracy. This was a crucial moment for America and our fundamental promise of free and fair elections.

One year after the awful day, Congress has not yet secured the right to vote and the integrity of our elections – while state and county governments are passing laws to make it harder to vote. Hour-long queues and oppressive ID requirements are only the beginning unless Congress acts.

The Senate must pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act; both bills are crucial to the survival of the American experiment. The House of Representatives has already passed them. We can not let fabricated Senate rules stand in the way of protecting our democracy.

Fighting for our democracy by passing legislation on the right to vote is one of the most important actions we can take when we commemorate this attack on our country.

M. Dianne Addison-Perkins

Lafayette


Irene F. Sullivan: Ecosystem Destruction: It’s all around us

Thank you, Anna Rivas, for your letter of January 5: Marshall Fire: We should acknowledge the loss of pets regarding a recognition of the pets that have been lost in this horrific event. There have been major losses in this ecocidal event. An entire ecosystem of sentient beings, trees, vegetation, water systems and air quality, all of which are intertwined, is destroyed. There is a need to start expanding our awareness around this and reflecting on the language we use to talk about it.

The planet twists at a feverish pitch while our CO2 continues to rise. Drought, wind patterns, choices in housing development patterns, all of this is intertwined. What we witnessed and experienced in Boulder County is not an isolated incident of ecosystem destruction. Unfortunately, there is another pending ecocide event in Boulder County: The Gross Dam Expansion Project. Immediate intervention by the U.S. Department of the Interior is needed to impose a decree to halt this expansion, at least a ceasefire and waiver order. The Denver Water Board chose to get federal permits, we must now appeal to the federal Department of the Interior.

Irene F. Sullivan
Coal Creek Canyon
Unincorporated Boulder County


Joan Peck: Marshall Fire: Suggested things to donate

It’s been a week since the Marshall fire. The neighboring towns have been working around the clock. Longmont staff work daily with Boulder County to re-coordinate traffic and access utilities and water.

Thanks to the residents who answered a volunteer call last Saturday to help with waste control in homes in Louisville. Your help was much appreciated.

One task in emergencies is coordinating donations. The Marshall fire is no exception. The kindness given by people around the state has been amazing, but storing items has become a major concern.

I have contacted HOPE (Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement) for assistance in storing donated items received from Longmont residents. They have the space and have graciously said yes to helping. The donated items will be transported to necessary areas according to county instructions. Please call HOPE before delivering items: Headquarters – 804 S Lincoln St ยท (720) 494-4673. Warehouse Building – 801 Main St (303) 776-3307.

Suggested things to donate to HOPE:

Gift card
Winter coats, socks
Packed / canned food (No homemade or perishable food please)
toiletries

For cash donations: https://ww.coloradogives.org/bouldercountywildfirefund?step=step1

Stay up to date with city and county records at: https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/Home/Components/News/News12077/3?backlist=%2f or on the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website at: www.boulderoem.com /

Thanks again for your generosity.

Joan Peck

Longmont Mayor


Kathy Warling-Smith: Marshall Fire: Give to the underdogs

How to get financial help for the displaced in the Marshall fire?

This writing encourages you to support your immediate circle that is affected and go beyond, and helps what I would like to say are the lesser known members of our community, or what you might consider underdogs.

My heart cries over all those who have lost their homes and I proactively volunteer and make financial donations.

My challenge to you is to expand who you support financially by either
1.) Scroll through the many Go-Fund Me campaigns, choose one to three fund drives, where individuals / couples receive much less financial support, but those as people reason with you on a personal level or
2.) To contribute to the General Boulder Community Foundation, where the distributions will hopefully be fair and equitable.

The underdog may have a smaller network / circle because they do not have children in the school system, do not work for a more significant employer that allows them to know more people, or are retired.

For example, tonight, as I was scrolling through the many Go-Fund-Me pages, I came across an elderly man who never increased his property insurance from the time of purchase, so he will probably only get 20% of the value of his home.

Another example is a couple where one is a fitness instructor and the other an artist. We value their talents, but they probably make a lot less money, but they bring so much to our community. We want them to stay in our community, but will they stay, or will the cost of living in Boulder County push them out along with the increased cost of building materials? Unlike the more affluent with traditional career paths, they are unlikely to be able to reduce their retirement savings in the short term to create more discretionary funds.

I would consider these people as underdogs. Let us continue to unite and rebuild our society.

Kathy Warling-Smith

Louisville


Hope Steffens-Nett: Jeff Mitton:

I so much appreciate CU’s retired scientist Dr. Jeff Mittons columned on December 29, explaining the winter solstice and his stunning image of the dawn of the solstice, taken from the Flagstaff Mountains Amphitheater. Kudos to the Daily Camera for making room for Mitton to share his knowledge of the natural world.

Hope Steffens-Nett

Boulder

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