Vote no on Weiser for Colorado Attorney General
Former CU Boulder Law School Dean and candidate for Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is a politically connected attorney too close to big oil and money to effectively serve the citizens of Colorado.
Weiser recently lauded his endorsement from Ken Salazar. This is a telling endorsement, since "former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar identified himself as a lawyer for oil and gas giant Anadarko immediately following a fatal home explosion in Firestone," according to the Colorado Independent.
A story by The Observer stated: "The Intercept reported (in 2016) that Salazar was a major advocate for the oil and gas industry, favored the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Keystone XL pipeline, and has argued in favor of fracking and against environmental regulations."
Tellingly, Weiser recently refused to sign a petition requiring a 2,500-foot setback for oil and gas operations. The person asking him to sign wrote that "he kept saying that he was with me. I asked him what does that mean when you refuse to support this and he just said that (he was) going to enforce regulations."
In 2015, Weiser hosted the chairman of the American Bankers Association to give, ironically, a talk on ethics, while the same lobbyist was seeking to undermine protections of Dodd-Frank.
Weiser received a $3 million grant to his entrepreneurial incubator from Blackstone, creator of a new rental-backed security, getting the government's Fannie Mae to back more than a billion dollars of Blackstone debt. They are even flipping real estate to make fast profit in the millions here in Boulder.
Out-of-state interests have given Weiser a campaign war chest of over $1 million, and we can't expect him to battle for the people of Colorado unless you subscribe to Mitt Romney's claim that corporations are people. Join me in voting no to Weiser with a yes for candidate Joe Salazar.
By Darren O'Connor, Boulder
Teachers must take more action to prevent bullying
A teacher's role in bullying is tremendously important. Schools show videos on how bullying can start, how teachers are ineffective in preventing it and what effects it can have on the students. Showing films is not all that has to be done; having teachers watch a video and taking action after are two very different things.
Teachers need to create a safe and supportive environment in and out of the classrooms. Teachers will often single out a student and ask them a question they do not know, and it can result in everyone laughing at them. Teachers should take time to walk around before class starts, in the hallways and outside by the parking lots. When finding a situation where bullying has occurred, they need to support both the victim and aggressor to try to understand what has transpired.
All teachers should be put in a training seminar on bullying so they know how to do the right thing in helping the students by not making matters worse.
By Asmaa Sufyan, Colorado Springs
Stricter punishments needed for texting and driving
Laws governing cellphone use while driving should be in effect in more states. Some states have banned drivers from hand-held cellphone use. If more states were to ban the use of phones, there would not be as many car accidents.
In the United States alone, there are 1.6 million accidents from cellphone use every year. If people paid more attention to driving and less to their phones, maybe more people would not get hurt. Statistics show that 11 teens die every day because of texting and driving.
In Colorado, teenagers are not allowed to have anyone under the age 21 with them in a vehicle for the first six months of having a license. Some states have laws stating that if you are pulled over, you'll just get a ticket ranging from $20 to $500 dollars. Some people can even spend up to a year in jail instead of getting off with just a ticket.
By Sierra Curl, Colorado Springs