Ella Niksch: COVID-19: A new house divided
As we progress through the pandemic, the United States is further divided into two groups, vaccinated and anti-vaccinated, otherwise known as “vax and anti-vax”.
The vaccinated groups are leaning more towards vaccine acceptance, believe in the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus and believe in the guidelines to prevent COVID-19 and its variants. The anti-vaccine community may believe the opposite, because the vaccine does not interest them and the guidelines are a violation of human rights. The feuds between these two groups cause constant fights online, or even in local supermarkets. The feuds are usually posted online for the world to see, and the groups continue to argue on whatever social media platforms are available. As we approach the holidays, will these feuds continue as families begin to reunite?
We all know the answer to that question. The separation of generations and new ideas will no doubt be on the table, and that means opinions about the vaccine and the pandemic. Before someone throws a wishbone, holiday ham or other traditional meal at a family member because of their personal opinion, we must remember that we all care about and respect each other. We must remember that we are all human and that we are all entitled to our own opinion, even if we agree or disagree with our personal ideas. Vacations should be a time to enjoy your family and get along as best you can, and unfortunately disagreements can put a damper on the holiday mood.
To avoid family problems during the holiday season, we should all remember why we care about each other, and we should respect each other’s decisions, even if we have different opinions.
Joe Flynn: Lacrosse: Make It More Widely Available
Last week many of us enjoyed the company of our families and gave thanks for everything in our lives. During this celebration, some of us reflected on the travesty that Native Americans went through as a result of the actions of Americans. Land was taken, families were broken and lives were lost. In addition, traditions and customs, such as lacrosse, were appropriated.
Lacrosse originated as a way for Native American tribes to settle disputes rather than go to war, and was also played for fun. After French Canadiens observed the game in the 15th century, it grew in popularity among whites on the northeast coast and in Canada. According to Terry Foy of insidelacrosse.com, currently only 0.41 percent of NCAA lacrosse players are American Indian or Alaska Native and 2.97 percent are two or more races, while 83.34 percent are white.
In Boulder County, there are eight high school lacrosse programs and several youth programs. The popularity of lacrosse in Boulder offers the Boulder lacrosse community a unique opportunity to grow the game. However, if we want the game to grow, it needs to become more diverse. It must also become more diverse if we are to attempt to reverse the appropriation of Native American culture.
Rather than organizing camps in areas where the sport is already available, coaches and program directors should contact school districts that don’t offer lacrosse. Likewise, club lacrosse coaches and directors should contact schools without a team and encourage their students to play on their teams.
Lacrosse is a wonderful sport that should be shared by all communities and cultures, but it cannot happen without outreach.
Shawn R. Hurst: Abortion Letter: An unsavory reference has been made
I’m sure Thomas E. Boyd’s letter (“Abortion: Let’s Put This To Rest,” Nov. 10) was well-intentioned, but as a professional soldier, I found the use of World War II in one sentence to be an all-encompassing end—all to the abortion argument gone wild. If nothing else, the mass rape atrocities of World War II should have taught us that societies must have safe access to abortion services. One rewritten sentence with equal weight.
As far as lessons from World War II bring anything to rest? The list of international war crimes since World War II is extensive, including genocide and rape. Try to imagine Boulder with the aftermath of Berlin 1945, Bosnia 1992 or Baghdad 2003 and be thankful that we haven’t had extensive ground fighting on American soil in a long time.
Shawn R. Hurst
SFC USA, Ret.
Dan Powers: Xcel: I support their plan
For over 10 years I have been involved in and evaluating Xcel Energy’s activities related to the City of Boulder’s decarbonisation goals; first as a Community Affairs Manager for many years at the Boulder Chamber and then as an interested environmentalist with ongoing connections to relevant clean energy research through my work with federal research labs such as NREL. I am a strong supporter of Xcel’s Clean Energy Plan which is under review by the Colorado Public Utility Commission.
Their elaborate plans to build on their significant use of wind and solar power and close coal plants ahead of schedule demonstrate an urgency and will have an impact that could hardly have been dreamed of when the city’s municipal concept took off. . The broad scope Xcel has developed to leverage emissions reduction technology, battery storage innovations, utility grid management, and energy usage programs to drive efficiency (and affordability) are aspects of an advanced energy system that are critical to Colorado.
To Boulder’s credit, the muni idea has been a force that shaped the proposal that I believe meets the key requirements of reliability AND simultaneous decarbonization.
In addition, Xcel’s technology, intractable problem solving and continuous upgrades, maintenance and investment in innovative equipment cannot be overstated – the evolution of our country’s power generation and delivery paradigm requires deep dedication and engineering skills to meet the commendable vision of a grid. – zero energy grid. The proposal is a transformative, inspiring plan to achieve society’s carbon reduction goals.