Climate wrecking crew
Looking at Trump's choices for positions in his administration, it's clear that he is bringing a climate wrecking crew to Washington.
Time is running out on our ability to fight catastrophe. As Bill McKibben says: "Climate change is a war where winning slowly is exactly the same as losing!"
For the next few years, our best hopes for success lie at the state and local level.
It is urgent that we move ahead with implementing Boulder's Climate Commitment ( bouldercolorado.gov/climate). And the best way to accelerate this effort is through municipalizing our electric system. Xcel charges us high prices for their 75 percent climate-wrecking electricity. Boulder Electric Power will have low costs for 100 percent renewable electricity before 2030 and will save us money and stimulate local entrepreneurship because the cheapest forms of generation are now renewable. According to Xcel's own numbers, wind is now cheaper than the fuel and operating costs of even old fossil generation.
Let's power forward with Boulder Light and Power.
Ken Regelson, Boulder
Adopt-A-Family drive a success
One of my favorite times of the year is the holiday season when the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County coordinates an Adopt-A-Family drive where community members provide gifts for the youths and their families involved in our year-round college and career success program. This year was the most successful Adopt-A-Family drive since the program began in 1999! A record 243 community members provided 1,553 gifts to our youth and their family members!
Donors came in all walks and sizes and included individuals, families, employee groups, faith-based communities, businesses, and social organizations. Their gifts were distributed to the children and their families during holiday parties this month, and the smiles and expressions of joy were heartwarming. In addition, through the Adopt-A-College Student program, college care packages were sent to our college students who are away from home. And through the Adopt-A-Center program, each of our nine learning centers received donations, which will benefit the students year round. This outpouring of support is truly making their holiday season much brighter! We are grateful for the support of our community!
If you missed our Adopt-a-Family program and would still like to contribute, we have more ways to give this holiday season. We're always looking for volunteer tutors and mentors, and we are currently seeking support to help us launch a new class of youth in Lafayette in 2017. A pledge of $250 a month for 10 years will provide a college scholarship and daily academic, social-emotional and college and career programming to transform a child's life. Please visit our website at ihaveadreamboulder.org for more information on our mission and ways to get involved. Thank you!
Lori Canova, CEO/president of "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County