Fred Rubin: Adam Toledo: Change starts at home
Your publishing the Chicago Tribune editorial about the death of Adam Toledo April 18 was a terrible choice. While the death of anyone before their time is tragic, the death of a 13-year old is all the more horrific. But the editorial writer obviously chose not to publish that this child is believed to have been shooting at passing cars just minutes before and was running, gun in hand, from a policeman and failed to stop when told to.
The editorial says that changes need to be made. I agree. But perhaps someone should be asking why the parents of this child allowed their 13 year old son to be running around in the middle of the night with a 21 year old gang member, allegedly shooting at passing cars. In what world are the parents not to blame for their child ending up dead in an alley.
The changes that need to be made start in the home. Parents of kids should take enough interest in their children to know who they are hanging out with, teach their kids about what is right and what is wrong, and spend some time raising their kids with some decent values.
But it is so much easier to blame the cops. “Change some rules…that’ll fix the problem.” No! The more difficult task is getting parents to be responsible for the upbringing of their kids and laws cannot do that. No one seems to want to talk about that solution. Until then, the kids will keep on dying. And if not, the circle will repeat.
Some may remember….”It is 10 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?” I haven’t heard that message in decades. It’s a shame. It cost a 13 year old his life.
Lydia Linke: Chuck Wibby: Teaching about composting
Chuck Wibby’s April 22 column, titled “Stop lying to us”, itself contained inaccuracies about the League of Women Voters of Boulder County (LWVBC) recent webinar about large scale composting. The stated purpose of that event was to “clarify the history, understand what composting is, where does it come from, where does it go, what are the costs and the benefits, and where do we go from here.” The event was not intended to focus on the recent controversy regarding the potential location of a facility. There were 90 people who attended and 160 registrants, collectively submitting over 100 questions. Similar to other League forums, moderators worked to pose as many diverse questions as possible to the speakers.. Questions addressed topics including odors, use of biosolids, acceptance of construction and demolition, and numerous other topics.
The LWVBC has since 1987 had a position regarding the sustainable disposal of solid waste, including supporting industrial composting. That said, LWVBC does not currently have a position on any specific composting facility proposal in Boulder County. We remain a non-partisan, independent organization that engages in research and consensus regarding any and all policy positions.
Of note, the League’s Natural Resources position includes this statement: “Citizen education should foster a positive attitude towards responsible waste management. Source reduction education on solid and household hazardous wastes should have a high priority.” Community members may agree or disagree with information and perspectives shared by the April 14 event panelists. I believe this community event fulfilled the educational goal well. I invite others to decide for themselves what they think about large scale composting. People who are interested in viewing the League event recording themselves, can do so by going to lwvbc.org and clicking on the Climate Action Team page.
Climate Action Team Leader
League of Women Voters of Boulder County
David Clifton: Cicero: A history lesson
The following quote is from a Roman senator named Cicero, 55 years before Christ was born. “The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be…