Alvin Blake: Russia: Reflecting on Our Perspectives
I don’t know if nuclear first strike capability is possible. We must determine whether an arms race with Russia could lead to our annihilation; and if so, we must have both countries agreed on a freeze on new nuclear weapons (at least if such a freeze is verifiable). There should of course be an immediate inspection of any suspected nuclear weapon site. If Russia does not agree with this – and if a diplomatic gesture such as inviting it to join NATO does not work – then we must have tougher sanctions than at present.
We should also (especially if such a freeze is not verifiable) consider removing the threat from the prospect of increased trade.
Julie Kaewert: Climate: there is no emergency
Science, reason and fairness for all should be important factors in determining public policy. Unfortunately, the policy suggested in “Boulder City Council on Board for a More Aggressive Climate Approach” (June 10) was lacking in all of these cases.
Boulder’s Acting Director of Climate Initiatives (!) Jonathan Koehn said: “Questions remain about Xcel’s investment in natural gas, the pace at which the utility is dismantling its fossil-fueled units and the impacts on the communities that Xcel serves. You might think he’s wondering if Xcel can produce enough power to responsibly meet the needs of our community – remember the people who died in Texas? – given that obviously neither the sun nor the wind provide continuous energy. This is not the case: he suggests that Xcel is not moving fast enough to impose more expensive regulations… and less reliable power.
Reality: As the sun and wind fail to keep up (the sun goes down every night), natural gas power plants have to be turned on quickly, wasting large amounts of energy. Your electricity supplier relies heavily on traditional fuels and will do so for a long time. Find out why Germany now recognizes that the wind cannot meet its needs as hoped after 20 costly years: bit.ly/3zZnsn8.
Fact: we don’t have a climate emergency. Look at all the science. To learn more about climate science, visit the NOAA Space Weather Laboratory; see realclimatescience.com; read “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, The Neglected Sun, Unstoppable Global Warming Or The Never Apocalypse.”
Finally, expensive and costly climate policy is unfair to the working middle class and the poor, who pay higher taxes to heat their homes and cannot afford Tesla or solar panels.
One day, battery technology may allow us to generate more energy with wind and solar power. Until then, we must use science, reason and fairness to meet our energy needs.
Richard Socash: Left and Right: We want a Borg world
What is the difference between left and right? Both parties claim high morality and pass judgment on the other. Often the evidence gets lost in stubborn details and one remains confused rather than enlightened.
Simply put, the right believes in equal opportunities and the left believes in equal outcomes. One wants to raise the bottom while the other wants to lower the top.
In their own way, the left would create a Borg world where everyone would be closer to a number in the collective rather than an individual in society. Intentions can be good, but often the result is damaging. Diversity and inclusiveness have become the mantra of the left and the adult version of participation trophies where merit has been replaced by belonging. There is no Supreme Court seat, executive office in an organization, or civic function that is due to class, race or gender, but many speak and believe as if it were true. The best “helping hand” is most often found at the end of the wrist.
There were, are and always will be wrongs and injustices, but ascribing strong negatives like “racist” or “privileged” to a given group is often an excuse for failure. When a word is used too loosely and often incorrectly, it loses its meaning. Instead, try using “behaviorist,” where one person’s judgments or actions are the result of confronting the behavior of others rather than being burdened with systemic or inherent human flaws.
Ted Cackowsky: Guns: a completely absurd statement
“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun. The recent Arvada tragedy highlights the utterly absurd reasoning behind this statement.
A policeman (Good Guy) is shot dead by a Bad Guy. The Samaritan (Good Guy) responds by killing the Bad Guy. Another policeman (Good Guy) intervenes and kills the Good Guy.
The result being one villain dead, two good guys dead, one good guy living with the burden of his actions.
Charles Horowitz: Mental Health: Wake Up All, Please
Wake up to the mental health needs: There are nearly three times as many suicide deaths per day in the United States as there are homicide – there are 52 homicides per day in the United States, according to the CDC, but about 132 suicides per day. The suicide rate is almost three times the homicide rate, but we’re talking a lot more about gun control than mental health.
Yes, gun control is necessary, and we forget worse. It is a tragic prospect. Decreased availability of community mental health services is associated with increased suicide death rates, research shows. Wake up, everyone, please.
Robert Porath: CU Sud: Not a sacred cow
With its usual eagerness to deflect the negatives of its constant expansion onto the citizens of Boulder, the university foams the cream of its “south campus” and expects the city to provide the infrastructure, streets and systems. water supply and sewerage, and absorbs the increase in traffic and pollution with open arms. It’s time to stop seeing CU as the holy cow of the city wandering and leaving its footprints and. At will.