RC Lloyd: Oil trumps our Middle East allies
In one of the “great mind” snafus of the president, he decided, unbeknownst to the State Department and Pentagon, to pull all (well almost all) U.S. troops out of Syria, thus acceding to the wishes of Turkey and the Russians, who have gladly filled the void.
This abandonment leaves our once (now forgotten) Kurdish allies who fought, losing thousands, side by side with U.S. troops against ISIS, to fend for themselves. One thing President Trump failed to mention whilst taking victory laps for his great success in this colossal blunder is the that fact there are still approximately 200 U.S. troops left in Syria to guard the oil fields against the aforementioned ISIS. It would appear that oil trumps (pun intended) the lives of our few remaining allies in the Middle East.
Barb and Dan DiSalle: Brown has knowledge, experience to be successful
As long time residents of Louisville, we have lived through many facets of city government, from no-growth advocates to growth promoters. What has been best for Louisville?
Growth advocates expanded our city limits and brought us affordable housing that allowed our children the opportunity to stay in our community. In addition, retail outlets opened and hotels, restaurants and our championship golf course followed. Sales tax revenues brought our beautiful city hall, library, recreation and senior center, which is second to none, and established a museum complex to commemorate our past. Our downtown was preserved and it is the envy of surrounding communities. Traditions such as our Labor Day Parade, Parade of Lights and Street Faire were expanded, and yet we maintained our small town atmosphere.
Because of the efforts of the no-growth advocates, we are landlocked. There are significant consequences to these policies. Housing and property taxes have increased drastically, and our own children can no longer afford to live in the community that nurtured their childhood. Because of diminished growth and unaffordable cost of living, businesses are struggling and sales tax revenue is declining. These funds support the very programs that define Louisville as the community it is today.
We are supporting Don Brown for mayor. Brown is aware of the consequences of the past. His experience on City Council, numerous boards, and establishing and expanding his own business, gives him the knowledge that it takes to be successful. Brown will be objective, efficient, and supports efforts that will help Louisville thrive for generations to come. He will collaborate with city staff to bring efficiency in city government. Brown has the experience to value the past and the vision to guide us to a productive future.
Barb and Dan DiSalle
Loren Pahlke: How much is ‘a bit more density’?
In a recent opinion, Ken Hotard, a co-chair of Better Boulder and the senior vice president of the Boulder Area Realtor Association, wrote that the city needs “a bit more density.” I suspect that most of us in Boulder do foresee more density, but the real question is, how much is a bit? How will we know when the necessary amount of additional density has been achieved? Hotard tells us that no one is trying to abolish the height limit, sell off open space, or block mountain views, but that assertion is difficult to trust when growth advocates push their agenda without telling us when they want increasing densification to end. Even if we accept Better Boulder’s good intentions, the pressure to do all those things can only increase as growth continues.
We might justifiably conclude that the facts already confute these claims. Stand at the Boulder Bookstore and try to see the mountains or drive down 30th Street, in the Google area, where the only views are of increasing urbanism. Densification, which is just a variety of growth, already blocks our views, gridlocks our traffic and overwhelms our open space.
According to their website, over half of the Better Boulder board of directors are involved with development. It stands to reason that they would put forth arguments that enable their careers. It is only to be expected that an architect would support development and that a real estate agent would want new buildings to sell. If Better Boulder truly wants to be sustainable, they need to tell us when the densification of Boulder will be complete. Until then, we need to vote for council candidates who are more likely to restrain than accelerate growth. We need to vote for candidates like Brian Dolan, Susan Peterson, Adam Swetlik, Mark Wallach and Corina Julca.
Tommy Lorden: Vote yes on Proposition DD to protect Colorado Waters
The Western United States is drying up. With life and economies tied to water, we desperately need to conserve and protect it. In Colorado, we have a plan to do just that and secure our water future, and it is called the Colorado Water Plan. With broad support and specific tactics, this plan is sure to help Coloradans keep the water it needs for a multitude of uses, but unfortunately the plan is not fully funded.
One solution to close the funding gap for the Colorado Water Plan is Proposition DD on this November’s ballot. Proposition DD would tax casino sports gambling at 10% to raise up to $29 million per year. These funds would go to support municipal water upgrades, agricultural infrastructure and environmental and recreational guarantees to continue Colorado’s strong economic growth in this area.
Please consider voting for Proposition DD this November. It is critical that we fund the Colorado Water Plan for Coloradans way of life and economy to continue to flourish and thrive. As a member of Trout Unlimited, which has endorsed DD, I thank you for your consideration.
B.C. Crotty: TABOR is our only defense against insatiable politicians
Colorado seems to pass a number of tax issues with time limits — and maybe I missed one, but all seem to end up with a ballot proposal continuing the tax with the beginning words: “Without increasing taxes …”
Since the tax is ending, the new measure is a tax increase above what was originally approved. But, we lie to the voters, saying that “we” are not increasing taxes. TABOR is our only defense against politicians with insatiable appetites to dig deeper for more money under the guise of necessity.
A flyer arrived in the mail sponsored by Coloradans for Prosperity promoting passage of Proposition CC, and two of the prominent statements were: “Start fixing transportation and education in Colorado” and “without raising taxes.” I thought the Colorado lottery was going to fix the schools. Casino gambling tax, marijuana tax, numerous school bond issues and tax increases were going to fund school capital improvements, and pay decent teacher salaries. And maybe they did.
For transportation, we passed tax increases for RTD promising light rail service, and yet we got toll lanes (read: more taxes) and roads that collapsed. Now, we are supposed to believe this additional tax will “start fixing Colorado’s roads and schools”? Start fixing?
Bottom line is that the lie continues that if the government is allowed to keep the over-payment above what the voters authorized, then life will surely improve for schools and pot holes. This is a tax increase without accountability as to exactly why the money is needed or how the money will be spent. TABOR is our only fiscal restraint on unlimited misuse of our tax money. Don’t drink the Kool Aid!
David and Penny Hannegan: Mark McIntyre will use facts and data in making decisions
There are several reasons why we think Mark McIntyre is an outstanding candidate for Boulder’s City Council. McIntyre has an exceptional ability to listen openly and appreciate the many perspectives related to almost any topic, especially the issues Boulder currently faces. McIntyre understands that solutions do not lie in adherence to polar opposites, e.g. it’s not growth versus no growth. It’s his understanding that the best solutions arise from consideration of multiple perspectives and interests with a dose of common sense.
Given that McIntyre is also incredibly well-informed about all of the issues the city faces, he will be able to use the best facts and data available when making decisions. We also support McIntyre’s views on the need to better maintain our open space, provide affordable housing, support our local arts community, and ensure that people can walk and bike in Boulder safely.
It is for these reasons, plus his focus on creating a culture that makes getting along a value, that we encourage you to vote for Mark McIntyre in the upcoming election.
David and Penny Hannegan