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Dale LaGow: 20 is plenty: Speeders will pay for signs

Pardon my cynicism, but for anybody out there in Boulder concerned about the cost of signage for the lower speed limit, it will no doubt be (relatively) quickly regained through speeding tickets assessed. We could even start a betting pool, and the person who is closest to the date the goal is met wins the pot. I’m personally thinking Oct. 1. I would guess some of the 20 is plenty people will contribute to this fund.

I understand the concern about safety for all schoolchildren, but I wonder if this solution isn’t excessive. I have read all the articles and letters in the Camera about this issue, and I have not seen specific info and research into how other cities have handled this problem nor consideration of any and all options.

There are so many options other than putting over 75% of the streets at this driving speed. Has anybody driven through Frisco and seen the flashing stop signs? What about marking all the school crossings and pedestrian crossings with better signage and markings? Why not mark a two-block area (or more) around all schools with 20 miles per hour? Perhaps putting a policeman on the street in front of a school during morning and afternoon pickup/dropoff times?  And I’m sure there are many more (and better) options.

Dale LaGowBoulder


James Duncan: Bolder Boulder: No Christmas in May this year

My “Christmas” was canceled. This nasty pandemic has taken many a toll, and the Bolder Boulder 10K race is one of them.

And for me, it was one of the best days of the year, so I called it my second Christmas. It was a day of thousands of high fives for me. My volunteer position, for which I am extremely grateful to have at the finish line, was to be sure that the race didn’t back up. So, that meant that runners couldn’t stop.

I know — after running your guts out in a 10K race, you’d think you’d be able to stop. Well, yes, of course you can stop running; however, you just have to keep moving to be sure the runners behind you can finish unhindered and the flow doesn’t back up.  (There is no Drano for a clog like this, right?)

A way that seemed natural to me to facilitate this encouraged continuation was to celebrate: Offer a high-five. That little boost of energy kept them going, too. So, I stood in the stream of runners just past the finish line, danced, high-fiving whoever I could.

If you ever ran the race in the past 15 years or so, you likely got a high-five from me. But of course, the virus put a kibosh on that this year. I missed all of you this Memorial Day, but look forward to reconvening. (This fall? Labor Day, I hear?)

I also want to take this moment to thank you all for supporting the race so passionately in all these years. It is really an honor to be there at the finish line to see firsthand all the tremendous effort put in and poured out at the race. I’ve got to hand it to you all.

James Duncan

Boulder


Monica Manley: Local trails: Remember, wear your mask

I am grateful every day to have so many beautiful trails right in my own backyard. This is the main reason I moved to Boulder. I’m very happy to share these trails with people who aren’t as fortunate as I am to live here.

Our trails have gotten so busy with the COVID-19 crisis in the last few months that the city has considered closing them. This would be so sad for all of us who enjoy exercising outdoors easily,  without having to drive far during this stressful time.

Please, to those visitors who aren’t wearing masks, I beg you to  consider doing so when you are hiking our trails. The OSMP is also asking that you wear a mask if you are going to be in a situation where you cannot be 6 feet apart. It’s very easy — just pull it up when passing other people. Thank you.

Monica Manley

Boulder


Leora Greene: Menstrual hygiene: Legislature should address inequity

Menstrual hygiene is a right for each and every Coloradan, and the lack of equity and accessibility to products is unacceptable.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the realities of menstrual inequity can be seen every day, from the homeless populations who may be struggling to stay healthy as it is, to those who rely on free menstrual products in schools and public places that they no longer have access to turning toward alternative means to keep themselves clean while on their period.

Unfortunately, this struggle is not a new concept for many menstruators in this state. In this unprecedented time, the Colorado Legislature should put their attention toward a health care issue such as menstrual inequity in our state by passing H.B.20-1131 as a first step regarding free menstrual products in schools, further demanding free hygiene products in every K-12 school in Colorado, and reconsidering H.B.17-1127, which would eliminate sales tax from all menstrual products.

By taking actions such as these, we can ensure that all Colorado menstruators have access to the materials they need both during this quarantine period and afterward.

If you want to make your voice heard and support menstrual equity movements, sign our petition at actionnetwork.org.

Leora Greene

Erie


Bob Christenson: Censorship on Twitter: It shouldn’t be hard to verify facts

Before our ability to have a voice is taken away due to President Donald Trump’s executive orders, I would like to offer an alternative to fact-checking Trump tweets.

It is safe to assume that nearly everything he says is a lie, so only a warning that he might be telling truth would be required. This is not meant to be a joke.

Unfortunately, social media must be viewed individually. It seems like it should not be so difficult to figure out true facts.

Bob ChristensonBoulder

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