Louise Bradley: CU South: Growth is imminent
I write in praise of the process as well as the product. The negotiations between Boulder and CU have been a fine example of cooperation. Through difficult conversations, compromise and productive ideas, the representatives of CU and Boulder have arrived at a workable agreement, which meets the needs of both entities. The thoughtful process has yielded a more detailed and nuanced agreement than a slogan driven ballot battle ever could.
The document satisfies my primary concern for flood mitigation: CU is yielding 80 acres to the city for that purpose. Furthermore, the plans for 100-year flood containment are in line fiscally with the remedies applied to other city drainages.
I am also pleased to note in the agreement a plan for an underpass beneath South Boulder Road so that bikes and pedestrians can safely access the area, which CU is generously pledging to keep open for public use. I am further pleased by the joint promise to restore the wetlands associated with the old gravel pits so that wildlife and natural plants can again thrive in the sadly degraded landscape there.
While some may seek to halt the growth of CU and of our city, looking back with nostalgia to the days when no buildings existed east or south of the frog pond at 28th and Arapahoe Avenue, that is not possible in our world. Growth is imminent. It is our responsibility to guide it wisely. I believe the provisions of the CU South annexation agreement draft point the way.
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Linda Erdmann: Education: What are children learning?
Are children learning how to think or what to think? School districts are preparing to use valuable time by weaving critical race theory (CRT) into every academic subject, even math and science.
In 2019, only 25% of all 12th graders were proficient in math and 22%in science. A majority of fourth and eighth graders were below grade level in reading and math before the pandemic. Children’s learning losses in reading during the past year are two-thirds of a year and one-half to a full year in math. The U.S. international performance gap is 38th in math and 24th in science out of 79 countries. Emotional damage is catastrophic with Boston Children’s Hospital reporting a 47% increase between July and October of 2020 over 2019 in children hospitalizations for suicidal ideation and attempts. All these statistics present a very grim picture and enormous challenges for schools.
Meanwhile, teachers attend conferences entitled, “What is social justice teaching in the science classroom?” or “Social justice in mathematics teaching and learning” and “How do you purposefully advocate with your mathematical curriculum?” Do these conference topics sound as if the teachers are focusing on your student’s academic progress? It appears they are ignoring the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, and prioritizing indoctrination. This will be a disaster for our children’s futures at this critical time.
A teacher’s job is to teach math, science and language arts, not to fight racism in every subject they cover. A parent’s job is to teach their children to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Parents with children in school, it is long past time to be vigilant about what your children are “learning” in the classroom. Their future depends on it.
Michael Shea: Airline passengers: No fly list for the unruly
So far this year there have been more than 3,500 reports of unruly airline passengers (Daily Camera July 25). So far this year, a dozen people have been criminally charged (one-third of 1%). This problem can be quickly remedied. The easiest fix, as proposed by the flight attendants’ unions, is to place all of these problem people on the federal no fly list, on all airlines.
I want to propose one more solution: Congress is about to adjourn for its August recess. Twelve hours before adjournment, all flight crews on all airlines should call a 72-hour general strike. I predict the federal government would then find a way to solve the problem.
Helen Johnson: Gardening: It’s a joy for everyone
Recently the Boulder Garden Club, member of Federated Garden Clubs, toured the raised gardens at the Carillon in Boulder. They held their monthly meeting in the Carillon’s gazebo outside in the gardens, and then toured the eight raised gardens planted and cared for by individual residents.
At each garden the resident or couple who had planted the garden talked about why and what they had planted . The club members then asked questions or suggested various plants, which would work in this way. Residents who can no longer bend down to tend their garden, can still have gardens. The event proved how much JOY gardening brings to the gardener and those who view the gardens. It also can provide vegetables for your table!
Mary-Elizabeth Callaway: Gun safety: The right people for success
Regarding the Opinion: Gun safety, Boulder style by Chuck Wibby, July 31:
The booming trade in illegal guns concerns everyone who wants to walk the streets of Boulder safely. The officials whom Wibby mentions directly or indirectly in his commentary have demonstrated their commitment to reducing the damage of firearms in our community, particularly after the shooting at King Soopers in March.
The problems in the case of Richard Platt illustrate the cooperation and coordination that is needed across governmental bodies, jurisdictions, agencies, and non-profits to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people. I think Boulder has the right people at the Boulder Police Department, Boulder County Commission, City Council, and the Colorado Legislature to address this. If Sheriff Joe Pelle needs more resources at the county jail to keep individuals with gun offenses off the streets, people of all political persuasions should support that.