I found the article you published last week on how more than 40,000 pounds of reusable items were collected at the spring 2012 student move out simply amazing. If more than 40,000 pounds of what would have become trash was saved to be reused in just this blip of time, imagine how much stuff is thrown out every semester in universities all over the world?

Not just reusable objects, but every year countless recyclables also get thrown into landfills. That is why I believe that it is every human being's responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible.

Even if you are a skeptic about environmentalism, just think of how much space, money and labor is saved by a waste-conscious act to recycle something. I think, as Boulder citizens, we are especially fortunate that there are convenient systems in place for recycling.

That is why it is inexcusable to not take those extra five steps to a recycling bin. I am psyched to buy my new furniture from this donation pile at Goodwill and I expect to see the number of reusable items salvaged during move-out grow exponentially with every year.

Sarah Navidi is a student at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Sarah Navidi

Boulder

BOULDER 'BUTTHOLE BIKERS' NEED TO YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS

Why is it, in a town so well provided for with bike lanes, there are people who have to ride on the sidewalk when a perfectly good bike lane is not 10 feet away? Why do they expect pedestrians to get out of their way on the sidewalk? Why do they buzz by a person from behind, missing them by inches, without so much as a warning?

I love Boulder, and, on the whole, people are pretty considerate here, but it's about time that the bike people here learned that sidewalks are for walking, and wheels yield to feet, everywhere, every time.

I have near-misses with people on bicycles on a near-daily basis. I have them glare at me because I won't step off of the sidewalk and let them pass by, and I'm writing this letter, perhaps futilely, because I'm afraid one of those assholes is going to hit me, and I'm going to go berserk.Sigh...

Craig Abalos

Boulder