Letters to the editor: Election time; comics; democracy; Avenue Q – Boulder Daily Camera
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It is a timeworn adage that the battle lines of behavior are dictated by the sharpness of the arrows that are thrown or as Sean Connery’s Malone in The Untouchables said, “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.”
If the behavior of late with regards to our town’s municipal election is an indication of our seething resentments towards each other, we may be heading towards nuclear fallout come November.
What is clearly evident is a growing exasperation both on the part of the electors and the candidates. It takes a heavy cup to believe that acts of malfeasance via phony websites and callous endeavors to sway public opinion would go unnoticed and without rebuke.
We live in a civil society, or we aspire to. Debate is the ring in which ideas are shown their merit and their faults. When the pugilist leaves the arena and begins loading the judges deck the debate becomes a farce, yet the only ones truly damaged are the crowd.
As Councilman Mark Wallach noted recently in his wise op-ed, “Stop the Madness,” we council candidates last election signed an agreement to hold ourselves to a higher standard of conduct, which would show each other and the electorate that we all deserve a respectable election that allows for disagreements and not disrepute.
The best interest of all is served when truth is the standard, responsibility owned and honor (what a concept!) upheld. We do owe each other as citizens of the great Republic a modicum of respect.
Though the idiom can be said that if you want a friend in politics you should buy a dog, we need to own our actions and be our better selves, the ones who elect their representatives deserve this.
Thank you for publishing Sarah Shurtleff’s letter (Sept. 20). It’s one of those items I wish I’d written myself. You should consider offering her a regular column.
And thank you again for continuing to feature Leonard Pitts’ column. As always, he brings important issues into focus in ways that are so desperately valuable and necessary. I hope and pray his voice will not falter for a long long time.
Lastly (for now), since paper and ink are obviously so very valuable, as evidenced by the ever-shrinking content of the Camera, why do you so persistently punish and torture your loyal and presumably intelligent readers with such dreck as Grand Avenue, Breaking Cat News, and Argyle Sweater on the comics page? Is this some sort of test?
Thank you Stacey Goldfarb for your continued interest from afar in the welfare of Boulder. In your Sept. 19 Letter to the Editor, you challenged Macon Cowles’ belief that the citizens of Boulder should leave decision making to our City Council. You upheld that democracy is not only for the people, but by the people. Having the voters weigh in is not only good democracy, it IS democracy.
Let’s go back in history. In 1959, a group of concerned citizens became concerned about the then rampant growth rate of Boulder and proposed the concept of The Blue Line, in which water would not be provided to properties higher than the level of the existing water (hence blue) line. The then City Council did not support The Blue Line restriction, so this forward-thinking group of citizens gathered sufficient signatures to put the issue on the ballot. It ultimately prevailed and The Blue Line is now part of the City Charter. Can you imagine what our city skyline would look like today had this not passed?
Our existing city height limits and Open Space programs are also exist thanks to the dedicated visionaries who were instrumental in creating and controlling the Boulder of the future. They worked feverishly to educate city leaders, staff, and residents about the benefits of these programs and succeed in getting these initiatives on the ballot, both ultimately passing.
Once again, our city is at a crossroads. Our Council signed a flawed Annexation Agreement with the University regarding the future of CU South. Many believe that the flood mitigation proposed in the Agreement is woefully insufficient and will protect only a small percentage of the affected population. The cost will be great, not only in terms of dollars, but in terms of the changes it will bring to our town with increases of people, traffic, and ironically in increased flood risk in certain areas.
Our City Council was weak in their negotiations on the Annexation Agreement, giving CU more than their due. Missing is the vision of our predecessors and the citizens who are responsible for the Boulder we know and love today. Boulder is great because its citizens care and are involved. Let’s let the voters have a say in the future of CU South.
Suzanne De Lucia
One would think that it’s impossible to combine profound contemplations about life and relationships, great music, lots of laughter, and incredible talent… But it all happens at the Boulder dinner theater right now. Their latest show, Avenue Q, is comparable to the Broadway production and Boulder is lucky to have it available here. The dinner is good, and the servers are actually the stars. The show plays through Oct. 17…You will probably want to leave the kids at home, as the humor is quite adult.
Barbara Wood Gray
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