We are fortunate to live in Boulder County. It makes me proud to see all the responsible choices Boulder residents make to have a city and county we can be proud of.

Everywhere I look, people and towns here are making a difference. Superior recently installed solar panels on all of their town buildings. Boulder has one of the best farmers’ markets with local and organic foods that I have ever been to!

And the residents take pride in driving their hybrids, biking to work, growing their gardens and insulating their homes.

But for too long, the world — including most of the United States — has been slow to respond to or even recognize the magnitude of the climate change threat. There is a long road ahead of us and many changes need to be made before it’s too late. But I have hope for tomorrow, I believe in the Obama Administration and the citizens of the United States.

I have hope that we can come together to make the small and large improvements needed in energy efficiency and pollution reduction to combat climate change. I have hope that Boulder can be the role model that the rest of the United States can look up to.

Nicole Horder

Superior

KEEP GREEN ECONOMY CLEAN

The values of the fossil fuels industry are all too clear. The vitriolic spending of over $400 million by the HMOs on the current health care legislation will surely be surpassed.

They will be making the same argument to remove government from all regulatory roles period, including toxic emissions across the board.

Last year, the Denver Post reported that the cost of cancer surpassed heart disease. Non-action is not an option.

We must also be diligent in not handing over the new green economy to the oil and nuke executives running around the renewable energy field or we risk the predominant vision for the new green economy conforming to the likes of Cheney and Rumsfield.

Scott Hatfield

Boulder

THE END TO CORPORATE WELFARE

We need to discuss the role of government in our society.

Republican state Sen. David Schulthesis of Colorado Springs has proposed essentially ending public social services and letting the churches and private charities take care of the down-and-out.

Can we get serious? Vital programs were cut by $320 million in August. Now the Legislative Council says Colorado has to deal with an additional $250 million shortfall for the current fiscal year 2009-10.

Mental health facilities have been closed in Denver, Fort Logan and Grand Junction. The indigent who qualify for Medicaid have had their reimbursement rates cut. Critical services for the elderly have been cut.

Nobody wants to talk about taxes. But we need to ask if business is willing to be socially responsible. They get their politician friends to give them all kinds of tax breaks and subsidies. We can’t afford this sort of behavior.

The ColoradoWINS union of state workers has called for a special session of the Legislature right now. Corporate welfare has got to end.

Dave Anderson

Boulder