Spelling Bee champ; transgender rights; Cliff Grassmick; property taxes; Hill riots

Susan Horning: Spelling Bee champ: Concentrate on her accomplishments

Related Press author Ben Nuckols’ refined racism in his article titled, “African American spelling bee champ makes historical past” within the Native part of Saturday, July 10, shouldn’t be tolerated by the Every day Digicam. Curiously, on Twitter, Ben Nuckols titles this identical article on spelling bee champion Zaila Avant-garde, “Zaila Avant-garde breezes to Nationwide Spelling Bee win.” I discover it extremely offensive that Ben chooses to focus on her pores and skin coloration. Zaila is a tremendous younger girl, who’s a basketball prodigy andself-describes her enjoyment of spelling, “as a facet passion.” Her accomplishments must be praised regardless of her pores and skin coloration. @APBenNuckols refined racism will not be match for The Every day Digicam.

Susan Horning


David Klamann: Transgender rights: Cease making it tough

I’m not stunned by Invoice Wright’s ideas about transgender rightsfor the July 10 Neighborhood Editorial Board piece. Like most conservatives, he’s loath to be known as out on being an outright bigot, so what does he do?  He claims that his coronary heart goes out to transgendered folks and the way tough it’s to be them in our society. His answer for serving to them?  Banning them taking part in sports activities actions that align with their most popular gender.

Conservatives have been shrieking for a decade about banning trans folks from bogs, locker rooms and sports activities, as if these folks make their decisions about gender identification to achieve an unfair benefit in sports activities or prey on unsuspecting youngsters. No person makes gender decisions based mostly on these elements. I’ve learn a complete of zero articles about parentsor college students complaining that their youngsters have misplaced a sporting occasion to a transgendered pupil. I’ve additionally learn zero tales about issues with trans folks utilizing bogs and inflicting issues.

Transgender participation in sports activities isn’t an issue, cease looking for an answer.

David Klamann


Hope Steffens-Nett: Cliff Grassmick: Lucky to have him

The Digicam and its readers are lucky to have Cliff Grassmick as one of many paper’s photojournalists for a few years! The photographs within the July 5 paper, of abnormal of us having fun with the water and ambiance of Boulder Creek at Eben Superb Park, accompanied by quotes of the household, are an on a regular basis deal with for us readers. Thanks, Cliff, and to the paper’s managers who employed you years in the past, and to the more moderen homeowners who had the knowledge to maintain such an expert on its workers.

Hope Steffens-Nett


Virginia M. Ross: Property taxes: Forcing retirees out

How lengthy earlier than all of the retirees are compelled out of Boulder?

As property taxes proceed to extend, the old fashioned academics, bus drivers, waitresses, small enterprise homeowners, and so on. are compelled to promote their properties of a few years to folks with far more cash.  In some instances, the brand new homeowners don’t even need the modest properties they’ve purchased; they tear them down and both construct McMansions or fancy house homes that retirees can’t afford.

Then the taxes go up even additional in order that any retirees who had been capable of hold on, then aren’t. Even their youngsters usually can’t preserve the household house due to excessive property taxes.

As for renters, that $75 cost that was placed on the poll was clearly going to go as a result of there are extra renters than homeowners in Boulder. So the renters will get assist when they’re evicted. Granted, some landlords are unreasonable, however there are additionally renters from Hell. There are older folks with small holdings who’ve funding property to assist help them as they age, however they’ve so as to add the payment to the hire, so the residences develop into much more unaffordable.

These previous ffolks are the individuals who made Boulder what it’s, however earlier than lengthy the brand new homeowners will discover that Boulder has modified and can go in the hunt for new small cities to destroy as the brand new buildings decline.

Can’t the town authorities discover a way to assist these previous folks?

Virginia M. Ross


Alan Bernstein: Hill riots: One other month, identical story

It has now been a bit of over 4 months because the riot on the Hill.  Simply as in months one, two and three, no substantive adjustments have been made to stop future riots nor extra importantly, to enhance the atmosphere on the Hill for its residents.  Am I stunned? No, I’m not. Why not?  As a result of whether or not you could have lived on the Hill for less than a yr or for greater than 30 years, or for some interval in between, you could have seen the identical story develop after which fade away, with no change, yr after yr after yr.  Reporting does no good. Complaining does no good. Organizing does no good.  Assembly does no good.

Given the entire reporting that occurred proper after the riot relating to the Hill and its power issues of disruption and crime, one may need thought one thing may need modified during the last 4 months. With the Fourth of July simply handed, we now have one other living proof so let’s take a look. How did it go?  Did the Metropolis Council, the college and the police stack fingers and comply with a minimum of try and make for a greater than common Fourth?  Did they determine to actively get forward of the inevitable fireworks exploding everywhere in the Hill from nightfall to daybreak? Sadly, the reply isn’t any. In actual fact, some folks residing on the Hill went to the difficulty to submit their Fourth of July expertise on the College Hill Neighbors Google Group or on Subsequent Door Flatirons. Some reported it was the worst Fourth in 30-plus years. Many didn’t sleep a lot of the night time because of the noise.  None reported seeing police. Positive sufficient, one other month, identical story.

Alan Bernstein


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