Reduce the use of pesticides; avoid dangerous rhetoric; it’s okay to disagree; assist in public education; cause of inflation

Nellie Smith: Bees: we need to reduce our use of pesticides

As a CU Boulder student, I am very happy to learn that CU invests resources in bee research. I love bees because they pollinate many plants that make Colorado beautiful. It took us all this time to only begin to understand the inner workings of bees and their innovations. Imagine what we could learn if we continued to dedicate resources to their learning.

However, bees are dying at extremely high rates due to many factors, including pesticides. If we want to continue to learn from bees, it is extremely important that bees are saved. One way to help save bees is to reduce the use of pesticides.

I believe it’s vital that the Coloradans help save them now so we don’t lose any lessons they can teach us.

Nellie Smith, Boulder

Allison Tatterson: Democracy: Important to avoid dangerous rhetoric

The November 3 letter to the editor “Elected Officials Must Be Held Accountable” stated that “to ensure that our city and our country remain functioning democracies, our elected officials must be held accountable for their actions and for the severe impact of their wrong decisions on all levels.” This charged sentence froze me as my mind immediately turned to the recent attack on Nancy Pelosi’s family.

As a democratic country, we have very clear ways to let our elected officials know how we feel: through non-violent open forums, by writing letters and by voting. We all need to remember that our elected officials, regardless of their vote, are human beings and that “holding them accountable” does not mean threatening them or their family members. While this may seem like common sense to some, we see many examples where the rhetoric of one triggers dangerous actions in others.

Allison Tatterson, Longmont

Susan Stephens: Divisions: Disagreement Does Not Deserve Contempt

A recent letter of November 3 seems to contradict itself. Although the author bemoans the fact that there are so many divisions in politics today, both nationally and locally, he cannot stand the fact that two elected members of the Boulder City Council have different opinions from his. I guess he expected the city council to unanimously pass the budget to increase funds for camp cleanups, although it passed 6-2. The two members who did not approve the measure have their reasons and are certainly entitled to have them. Not everyone believes that everyone who is homeless is dangerous and should be treated like a criminal. It is the opinion of the author, not the fact, that the decisions made are mediocre and worthy of contempt.

Susan Stephens, Boulder

Mike Sawyer: Education: Please consider entering public education

My recent one-week long-term substitute teaching assignment at my favorite “high-need” college paid more than the $220.00 per day salary with no financial benefits. While having lunch in the cafeteria with the 8th graders, a handsome student who wants to be an astronaut says he’s only focused on himself, no girlfriend. The smallest 7th grade girl leaving a class asked, “Mr. Mike, are you a Christian? I wore neither necklace nor cross. I heard boys shouting, “Mr. Mike” when passing class. A 7th grade girl called me “grandpa” because she didn’t have a grandpa. A student with special needs who was unable to speak reached out with her two small hands to hold my 70 year old hands. On the last day of the week, the 7th grader, whom I had disciplined earlier, ran up to my face in the homecoming hallway and screamed, possibly calling for help. Please consider entering our public education battlefield and/or our mission field, for your heart may be bruised but blessed.

Mike Sawyer, Denver

William K. Terry: Economics: Pandemic and War Are the Real Cause of Inflation

Most of us are hurting and worrying about the current inflation, and some are blaming the Democrats for it and hoping the Republicans would do better. This view is wrong.

The main cause of this inflation is the pandemic. Goods production has come to a near halt amid shutdowns and quarantines, and it still hasn’t fully recovered. In China, the factory of the world, the current zero COVID policy continues to hamper production. COVID has also led to restrictions in the supply chain. Meanwhile, demand has skyrocketed as people emerging from lockdowns want to make the purchases they’ve been putting off. The law of supply and demand guarantees rising prices.

On top of that, Putin’s war in Ukraine restricted the production and distribution of many products, especially grains, which increased the cost of food. This inflation is a global problem, and neither a Democratic government nor a Republican government can stop it alone.

Putin dreams of restoring Russian hegemony over the nations of the former Soviet Union and its satellite countries. If he wins in Ukraine, he won’t stop there.

William K. Terry, Niwot

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