Sarah Shurtleff: Weeds: In the eye of the beholder

With regard to the recent article about folks in Lyons who pull weeds (“Weed Posse outlaws noxious plants in Lyons, providing justice to native species,” Nov. 29); there are no “weeds.” There are only plants that self seed, grow robustly and prolifically without human intervention, are highly adapted to their ecosystems and typically unwelcome by gardeners and landscapers. Fair enough. We all have our preferences and there are trends in gardening as much as any other field of human creativity. But it’s important to note that many so-called weeds have culinary, nutritional and other attributes that make them important contributors. Elderberry, mullein, nettles etc are all herbal remedies. Before there was Big Pharma there was herbal medicine and in many parts of the globe, still is. New discoveries are being made in our time of the elements that these unsung plants can play in human health. And when our country was covered from the Mississippi to the mountains by the Great Plains, covered in “weeds,” it was said to be a lush and gloriously beautiful sight which sustained a range of bird and animal and nomadic human life.

I sometimes think that the ultimate test of gardening skill would be to create landscape designs based entirely on the use of native plants i.e., weeds. No irrigation, no need for soil amenders, no fussing and protecting, spraying, feeding … just the land as Nature intended.

Sarah Shurtleff

Longmont


Rudy Deutschmann: COVID-19: Two suggestions for the unvaccinated

COVID, COVID, COVID. Day after day, more news about COVID. Now we have a new variation to be worried about. It seems that about the only thing most normal people can agree on today is that if everyone would “get the shot,” progress would be made on the goal of getting back to normal. I have two suggestions:

To those who are too stubborn to get the shot, and don’t want The Government telling them what to do, please Mr. President, quit making things worse. Saying that “They Have To” just triples their resistance, or should I say stubbornness.

And make the unvaccinated pay real money for their stubbornness. The costs of all the hospitalizations caused by COVID is beyond what anyone can imagine. Those costs were not figured into insurance company premium calculations for the year 2021, but at some point, those costs that most company insurance plans have been absorbing, will have to be recouped. If you are a smoker today, health and life insurance costs more. Starting Jan. 1, make the unvaccinated pay the increased costs for their decisions. If 80% of the people in ICUs are unvaccinated, an actuary can quickly calculate those costs, and calculate what those additional premiums should be. Making everyone pay for someone’s poor decision doesn’t make sense. If you have a couple of DUIs, you pay more for auto insurance. If you smoke, you pay more for health and life insurance. I wonder how long it will take for that factory worker or salesman or lawyer, to change his or her opinion on vaccinations, when he or she has to pay an additional $500 to $1,000 per month to be stubborn.

Rudy Deutschmann

Erie


Alisyn Kaiser: Societal labels: They constrict individualism

I am a CU student.

Maybe you picture me as only a face in a mob, part of the chaotic parties that wreck the streets of Boulder. Maybe as a blonde-haired sorority girl. Maybe as a dedicated student. No matter the face you picture behind these words, it is likely not me. This is an example of a label I gave myself, so I can choose what being a CU student means to me.

However, the choice of the labels we carry is a luxury that many can’t afford. Society’s opinions outweigh our own preferences. We often use labels to define the people around us. Your child who is “perfect,” your student who is “gifted,” your coworker who is “lazy;” these labels are stuck upon them without their input, becoming their reputations. Yet society has a funny way of telling us to “stick to the status quo” and continues to expect only behavior matching our unchosen labels.

Our friends, family, and peers who we trust are “altercasting”— using labels to change your perception of yourself. Even though unintentional, it can have drastic effects. Labels become societal expectations that are hard to fight due to our distaste of cognitive dissonance. These expected behaviors become internalized until the label is a self-fulfilling prophecy — chaining more and more of our identities to these labels. The effects often last longer than the label itself. According to Dr. Mitch Prinstein, those considered “unliked” in school become twice as likely to face social and economic difficulties when older.

Keep your eyes peeled for the labels you give people and for the ones that you carry. Think twice before putting someone you love or encounter in a box. Allow room for growth and exploration. You will be surprised to see the power that labels have.

Alisyn Kaiser

Boulder

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Sarah Shurtleff: Weeds: In the eye of the beholder

With regard to the recent article about folks in Lyons who pull weeds (“Weed Posse outlaws noxious plants in Lyons, providing justice to native species,” Nov. 29); there are no “weeds.” There are only plants that self seed, grow robustly and prolifically without human intervention, are highly adapted to their ecosystems and typically unwelcome by gardeners and landscapers. Fair enough. We all have our preferences and there are trends in gardening as much as any other field of human creativity. But it’s important to note that many so-called weeds have culinary, nutritional and other attributes that make them important contributors. Elderberry, mullein, nettles etc are all herbal remedies. Before there was Big Pharma there was herbal medicine and in many parts of the globe, still is. New discoveries are being made in our time of the elements that these unsung plants can play in human health. And when our country was covered from the Mississippi to the mountains by the Great Plains, covered in “weeds,” it was said to be a lush and gloriously beautiful sight which sustained a range of bird and animal and nomadic human life.

I sometimes think that the ultimate test of gardening skill would be to create landscape designs based entirely on the use of native plants i.e., weeds. No irrigation, no need for soil amenders, no fussing and protecting, spraying, feeding … just the land as Nature intended.

Sarah Shurtleff

Longmont


Rudy Deutschmann: COVID-19: Two suggestions for the unvaccinated

COVID, COVID, COVID. Day after day, more news about COVID. Now we have a new variation to be worried about. It seems that about the only thing most normal people can agree on today is that if everyone would “get the shot,” progress would be made on the goal of getting back to normal. I have two suggestions:

To those who are too stubborn to get the shot, and don’t want The Government telling them what to do, please Mr. President, quit making things worse. Saying that “They Have To” just triples their resistance, or should I say stubbornness.

And make the unvaccinated pay real money for their stubbornness. The costs of all the hospitalizations caused by COVID is beyond what anyone can imagine. Those costs were not figured into insurance company premium calculations for the year 2021, but at some point, those costs that most company insurance plans have been absorbing, will have to be recouped. If you are a smoker today, health and life insurance costs more. Starting Jan. 1, make the unvaccinated pay the increased costs for their decisions. If 80% of the people in ICUs are unvaccinated, an actuary can quickly calculate those costs, and calculate what those additional premiums should be. Making everyone pay for someone’s poor decision doesn’t make sense. If you have a couple of DUIs, you pay more for auto insurance. If you smoke, you pay more for health and life insurance. I wonder how long it will take for that factory worker or salesman or lawyer, to change his or her opinion on vaccinations, when he or she has to pay an additional $500 to $1,000 per month to be stubborn.

Rudy Deutschmann

Erie


Alisyn Kaiser: Societal labels: They constrict individualism

I am a CU student.

Maybe you picture me as only a face in a mob, part of the chaotic parties that wreck the streets of Boulder. Maybe as a blonde-haired sorority girl. Maybe as a dedicated student. No matter the face you picture behind these words, it is likely not me. This is an example of a label I gave myself, so I can choose what being a CU student means to me.

However, the choice of the labels we carry is a luxury that many can’t afford. Society’s opinions outweigh our own preferences. We often use labels to define the people around us. Your child who is “perfect,” your student who is “gifted,” your coworker who is “lazy;” these labels are stuck upon them without their input, becoming their reputations. Yet society has a funny way of telling us to “stick to the status quo” and continues to expect only behavior matching our unchosen labels.

Our friends, family, and peers who we trust are “altercasting”— using labels to change your perception of yourself. Even though unintentional, it can have drastic effects. Labels become societal expectations that are hard to fight due to our distaste of cognitive dissonance. These expected behaviors become internalized until the label is a self-fulfilling prophecy — chaining more and more of our identities to these labels. The effects often last longer than the label itself. According to Dr. Mitch Prinstein, those considered “unliked” in school become twice as likely to face social and economic difficulties when older.

Keep your eyes peeled for the labels you give people and for the ones that you carry. Think twice before putting someone you love or encounter in a box. Allow room for growth and exploration. You will be surprised to see the power that labels have.

Alisyn Kaiser

Boulder

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