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Sue Winthrop: Elections: Our next leader needs to be a woman

I am 63 years old. My vision for my sons, is that their world would be kinder and gentler. It is not the case. It seems to me that so many people in the United States are turning to violence to get what they need. There seems to be an intolerance for differences. Differences in beliefs or the way someone looks. I voted for President Joe Biden and feel as if he is doing the best he can with what he was given. I think about his compassion and understanding of loss. I admire his faith in his fellow people and that our world will become a better place. President Biden has hope.

Even so, I truly believe that the next leader of the United States needs to be a woman. Women seem to have the ability to coordinate their head and their heart. We need someone to lead this county out of the impossible situation we seem to be in. I am saddened by the increase in gun violence and by the groups that want to take over the government by force. Hate crimes are rising, including anti-Semitism which hits close to home. Many of my relatives were wiped out by the Nazis in World War II. We need someone to lead this country that understands human behavior and is willing to compromise. I have faith in the goodness of my fellow human beings. This faith is what keeps me going. It seems to me, the next leader of this country must have faith. They must be able to relate to everyone, regardless of race, belief and age.

Our country is in turmoil. It is time we come together and peacefully find a solution.

Sue Winthrop, Longmont


Art Hirsch: Environment: Let’s keep Colorado’s climate goals on track

Hardly anyone is really monitoring the State of Colorado’s reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change; however, everyone should keep an eye on the performance of the Air Quality Control Commission and the Air Pollution Control Division to protect our air quality. Now is our chance.

The State of Colorado is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050 from 2005 levels (House Bill 19-1261). There are numerous emission sectors that create these greenhouse gas emissions, such as transportation (the number one polluter); electrical generation; residential, commercial and industrial; fossil fuels; and agriculture.

The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division has now developed a Colorado Greenhouse Gas Metric Dashboard for the citizens of Colorado to monitor greenhouse gas emissions over time. The dashboard is updated quarterly. That allows us the ability to see if the greenhouse gas legislative reduction requirements are being met by our state agencies. The dashboard contains an introduction summary, ghg emission graph and sector metrics, such as natural gas production, gasoline sales, sales of electric vehicles, etc. This is a resource we should be monitoring.

If you have questions or comments on the dashboard, I suggest you contact the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s Andrew Bare (andrew.bare@state.co.us). Let us make sure that Colorado will meet these greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements.

Art Hirsch, Boulder

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