Boulder must move toward cleaner power

Today policy is at a crossroads. A decision must be made whether to adhere to decaying remnants of our past or to forge ahead.

The Boulder City Council made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: to have 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. It's unclear how we can do this without the establishment of a local utility due to Xcel's energy source only being 22 percent renewable.

Xcel has refused to compromise, and the reason is clear: Xcel is not accountable to the people of Boulder, but accountable to shareholders alone. The millions of dollars that Xcel siphons out of Boulder every year alone warrants a transition.

The move toward cleaner power is not just practical but moral. Boulder has the opportunity to take a moral stand on an issue as crucial as climate change. Boulder's fight for local power is unique, and it is one of the only opportunities available to make headway on climate change.

Future generations won't thank us for hesitating. Boulder has twice voted for municipalization, yet Xcel interferes without regard for democracy. Colorado isn't the state of coal and smog, but one of mountain vistas and crystalline lakes. A locally controlled utility is our best tool in ensuring this remains true for future generations.

Jai Rajagopal, Boulder

Serve the people, not the insurance industry


Our elected officials are talking right past us with their jargon about health care. Do they really think we give a darn that our health care system is "market based," as Congressmen Buck, Tipton, Coffman and Lamborn have all stressed? Do they honestly imagine that what we want is more "choices," as Sen. Gardner has emphasized. We don't care about "the market" or "choice." We want what the citizens of every other developed nation in the world already have: a comprehensive, universal health care system that works for all of us.

The term "market-based" is code language intended to signal to the insurance industry that elected officials are on their team and will protect their opportunities to make money from our misfortunes. You'd think that they'd care more about the right of the people of Colorado to health care than about the right of the insurance industry to make huge profits. Sure, universal health care would hurt them. Somebody would have to take a hit, either the people or the corporations.

And do our senators and congress members really think that what we want is a health care menu loaded with more bad choices? Anyone who's tried to make such choices knows that it's a confusing and often expensive prospect, sort of like ordering off of the menu at a fancy French restaurant. You're really not sure what you'll end up with. How about just a good, basic, well-balanced universal health care menu?

It's really a question of whose interests our elected officials intend to serve — the citizens of Colorado, or the executives and investors in a particular industry and, of course, "The Trump Agenda." Please, Sen. Gardner. Please, Congressmen Buck, Lamborn, Tipton and Coffman, show us that you are not serving the insurance industry or the Trump Agenda. Show us that you are serving the people of Colorado.

Doug Holdread, Trinidad, Colo.