Jim Hetherington: Vaccine passport protesters: Disregarding common sense

Re: “Maskless anti-mandate protesters at Boulder County Winter Market flout entry rules,” Dec. 9:

It was thoughtless and ignorant for the unvaccinated protesters to enter an event requiring proof of vaccination. Why are you disregarding local laws, common sense and the welfare of others?

Regarding the person showing a copy of the U.S. Constitution as form of identification, I would point him to Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905). The U.S. Supreme Court upheld use of mandatory vaccinations for public welfare. Wake up people!

Jim Hetherington

Longmont


Patti Hulen: Modern life: A tune just for you

Modern Life by Patti Hulen (sung to “Jingle Bells” tune)

Dashing through the snow, feeling guilty all the way.

Another mile or two to go, in my gas hog Chevrolet.

Back to the grocery store I drive, retrieving eggnog is my task.

Oh the scowling stares and the angry glares, I forgot to bring my mask.

Oh modern life, modern life. I wish it’d go away.

Twenty folks in the checkout line, not a cashier on the way!

Oh modern life, modern life. Is it always thus to be?

I’m gonna buy a van, go live off the land.

And drink my (eggnog- free) whiskey.

Patti Hulen

Boulder


Robert Porath: Limelight Hotel: Do I hear Hank Williams?

Re: “CU partners with Aspen Skiing Co. on Limelight-branded hotel, conference center,” Dec. 8:

In teaming with the Aspen Skiing Company’s Little Nell Hotel Group to build a hotel on the Hill to be called the Limelight Hotel Boulder, the University of Colorado continues along a corporate real estate path that has little to nothing to do with education and student housing. Somehow I hear echoes of Hank Williams’ “House on the Hill,” a relationship forever out of reach.

Robert Porath   

Boulder


Rick Accomazzo: Trump advisors: Two unfortunate Colorado connections

New reporting reveals that not just one, but two lawyers with connections to Colorado advised Donald Trump on how to overturn the results of the 2020 election. These memos provided the strategy that led to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, which was designed to stop the count of the electoral votes.

John Eastman, then a visiting “conservative scholar” at the University of Colorado, wrote what one wag has called the Coup for Dummies memo, advocating that Mike Pence simply strike the gavel and announce Trump the winner. Subpoenaed to testify before a congressional committee, Eastman has informed the committee that his testimony might incriminate himself  and he will assert his fifth amendment right to refuse to testify. Perhaps the position formerly held by Eastman should now be renamed the “Coup-Chair” of the Benson Center?

Jenna Ellis, a lawyer formerly employed by the Weld County district attorney’s office — where she was tasked with enforcing traffic laws — rose to prominence as part of Trump’s “release the Kraken” legal team. That team promised to produce proof of massive voter fraud, but the cases were laughed out of federal court for lack of evidence. It was recently revealed that Ellis, like Eastman, wrote a memorandum on how Pence could nullify Biden’s  election. And she hasn’t given up yet, she is still urging states where Biden won to “decertify” their election results and somehow reinstate Trump as president.

How did these two lawyers — whose representation of Trump demonstrates not only incompetence, but a complete lack of a moral compass — come to be the darlings of Colorado conservatives?

Rick Accomazzo

Boulder


Bob Norris: Light rail: Let’s reevaluate this

Several years ago many of us thought bringing light rail to Longmont was a good idea and we were willing to pay some tax to make that happen. In the meantime, 15 or more years later we’re still looking at least that long more of paying taxes and not seeing anything.

What we really need to do is see if it still makes sense to pay taxes for something that might not be as beneficial going forward as it appeared to be then. By the time we get light rail many more cars will be electric and many more people will be working remotely. What other changes may occur?

It is the responsibility of the Longmont City Council to have staff reevaluate the potential benefit of light rail versus the ongoing and future cost.

Bob Norris

Longmont


Leslie Glustrom: Climate policy: Where was Boulder in this decision?

Goodness, how embarrassing and frustrating. Boulder’s voice was largely muted at a key junction on Colorado climate policy.

On Thursday Dec. 2, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing on Xcel’s next Electric Resource Plan. Elected officials from numerous communities ranging from Broomfield to Carbondale and Aurora to Louisville spoke eloquently about the need for the PUC to move faster to address the climate crisis and not accept Xcel’s plan to continue burning coal and profiting from it until 2034 as Xcel has proposed in a “Partial Settlement” at the PUC.

Sadly, the City of Boulder, as a party to the proceeding, had signed on to that very Settlement.

While the Partial Settlement represents an improvement from Xcel’s original proposal to keep burning and profiting from coal until 2039, the Partial Settlement was not nearly strong enough and elected representatives from many other communities made that obvious,

What is especially frustrating is that Boulder’s position as a party in Xcel’s Electric Resource Plan proceeding was apparently determined by a few city staff with no community engagement that anyone knows about. City staff didn’t consult with the Environmental Advisory Board. They didn’t consult with the Xcel-Advisory Panel and most stunningly, as far as anyone knows, they took positions in the Xcel proceeding without even consulting with the City Council. Hopefully this will all change going forward to avoid having a few city staff presuming to speak for the entire Boulder community.

With hellacious fires in the summer and 70 degree days in December, this is no time for Boulder to relinquish its leadership on climate issues — especially if they haven’t even bothered to ask their community what the community thinks.

Leslie Glustrom 

Boulder

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Jim Hetherington: Vaccine passport protesters: Disregarding common sense

Re: “Maskless anti-mandate protesters at Boulder County Winter Market flout entry rules,” Dec. 9:

It was thoughtless and ignorant for the unvaccinated protesters to enter an event requiring proof of vaccination. Why are you disregarding local laws, common sense and the welfare of others?

Regarding the person showing a copy of the U.S. Constitution as form of identification, I would point him to Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905). The U.S. Supreme Court upheld use of mandatory vaccinations for public welfare. Wake up people!

Jim Hetherington

Longmont


Patti Hulen: Modern life: A tune just for you

Modern Life by Patti Hulen (sung to “Jingle Bells” tune)

Dashing through the snow, feeling guilty all the way.

Another mile or two to go, in my gas hog Chevrolet.

Back to the grocery store I drive, retrieving eggnog is my task.

Oh the scowling stares and the angry glares, I forgot to bring my mask.

Oh modern life, modern life. I wish it’d go away.

Twenty folks in the checkout line, not a cashier on the way!

Oh modern life, modern life. Is it always thus to be?

I’m gonna buy a van, go live off the land.

And drink my (eggnog- free) whiskey.

Patti Hulen

Boulder


Robert Porath: Limelight Hotel: Do I hear Hank Williams?

Re: “CU partners with Aspen Skiing Co. on Limelight-branded hotel, conference center,” Dec. 8:

In teaming with the Aspen Skiing Company’s Little Nell Hotel Group to build a hotel on the Hill to be called the Limelight Hotel Boulder, the University of Colorado continues along a corporate real estate path that has little to nothing to do with education and student housing. Somehow I hear echoes of Hank Williams’ “House on the Hill,” a relationship forever out of reach.

Robert Porath   

Boulder


Rick Accomazzo: Trump advisors: Two unfortunate Colorado connections

New reporting reveals that not just one, but two lawyers with connections to Colorado advised Donald Trump on how to overturn the results of the 2020 election. These memos provided the strategy that led to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, which was designed to stop the count of the electoral votes.

John Eastman, then a visiting “conservative scholar” at the University of Colorado, wrote what one wag has called the Coup for Dummies memo, advocating that Mike Pence simply strike the gavel and announce Trump the winner. Subpoenaed to testify before a congressional committee, Eastman has informed the committee that his testimony might incriminate himself  and he will assert his fifth amendment right to refuse to testify. Perhaps the position formerly held by Eastman should now be renamed the “Coup-Chair” of the Benson Center?

Jenna Ellis, a lawyer formerly employed by the Weld County district attorney’s office — where she was tasked with enforcing traffic laws — rose to prominence as part of Trump’s “release the Kraken” legal team. That team promised to produce proof of massive voter fraud, but the cases were laughed out of federal court for lack of evidence. It was recently revealed that Ellis, like Eastman, wrote a memorandum on how Pence could nullify Biden’s  election. And she hasn’t given up yet, she is still urging states where Biden won to “decertify” their election results and somehow reinstate Trump as president.

How did these two lawyers — whose representation of Trump demonstrates not only incompetence, but a complete lack of a moral compass — come to be the darlings of Colorado conservatives?

Rick Accomazzo

Boulder


Bob Norris: Light rail: Let’s reevaluate this

Several years ago many of us thought bringing light rail to Longmont was a good idea and we were willing to pay some tax to make that happen. In the meantime, 15 or more years later we’re still looking at least that long more of paying taxes and not seeing anything.

What we really need to do is see if it still makes sense to pay taxes for something that might not be as beneficial going forward as it appeared to be then. By the time we get light rail many more cars will be electric and many more people will be working remotely. What other changes may occur?

It is the responsibility of the Longmont City Council to have staff reevaluate the potential benefit of light rail versus the ongoing and future cost.

Bob Norris

Longmont


Leslie Glustrom: Climate policy: Where was Boulder in this decision?

Goodness, how embarrassing and frustrating. Boulder’s voice was largely muted at a key junction on Colorado climate policy.

On Thursday Dec. 2, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing on Xcel’s next Electric Resource Plan. Elected officials from numerous communities ranging from Broomfield to Carbondale and Aurora to Louisville spoke eloquently about the need for the PUC to move faster to address the climate crisis and not accept Xcel’s plan to continue burning coal and profiting from it until 2034 as Xcel has proposed in a “Partial Settlement” at the PUC.

Sadly, the City of Boulder, as a party to the proceeding, had signed on to that very Settlement.

While the Partial Settlement represents an improvement from Xcel’s original proposal to keep burning and profiting from coal until 2039, the Partial Settlement was not nearly strong enough and elected representatives from many other communities made that obvious,

What is especially frustrating is that Boulder’s position as a party in Xcel’s Electric Resource Plan proceeding was apparently determined by a few city staff with no community engagement that anyone knows about. City staff didn’t consult with the Environmental Advisory Board. They didn’t consult with the Xcel-Advisory Panel and most stunningly, as far as anyone knows, they took positions in the Xcel proceeding without even consulting with the City Council. Hopefully this will all change going forward to avoid having a few city staff presuming to speak for the entire Boulder community.

With hellacious fires in the summer and 70 degree days in December, this is no time for Boulder to relinquish its leadership on climate issues — especially if they haven’t even bothered to ask their community what the community thinks.

Leslie Glustrom 

Boulder

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