Ring the alarm for creation
We at CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church invite you to join us on Saturday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as we ring our church bell for God’s creation.
We primarily associate church bells with calls to worship, weddings, and important national celebrations. But they also have another historic function: sounding warnings. Our planet has given us warning after warning, through floods, wildfires, droughts, thermal domes and hurricanes, that we have profoundly affected the balance of nature. Here in Colorado, we are seeing reduced snowpack, earlier snowmelt, increased risk of high intensity forest fires, extreme weather events, increased number of “hot” days and warnings. to the action of ozone.
As followers of Jesus, we care about the millions of people around the world who are deeply affected. Chief among them are the poor, who have contributed the least to the problem, and the nations already suffering the most severe effects of drought, fires, floods and crop failures. The poor of this country will also be the first to suffer from rising food prices, heat exhaustion or the inability to insure their homes and businesses against these extreme events. The climate crisis is a poverty crisis, a refugee crisis, a hunger crisis, a health crisis. It is a human crisis.
Church bells in Glasgow, Scotland will ring on October 30 to welcome delegates from 197 nations gathered for the 26th International Conference on the Climate Crisis (COP 26). The bells will also ring as a warning to remind them – and us – of the urgency of the dangers we all face now. We will join churches in Glasgow and around the world in sounding the alarm bells and uplifting these delegates in prayer for their courage and strength. We invite you and other religious communities to join us in this call to action, www.bit.ly/ringoutforclimatecop26.
Reverend Dr David Barker
Joan Peck believes in a good fight
I support Joan Peck for the mayor of Longmont.
Joan is the right candidate to represent the people of Longmont, especially the community of color. Joan is passionately committed to ensuring that the middle and lower class receive the same opportunities as the upper class. Joan, who is currently a member of the city council, brought forward a motion to make landlords more responsible for safety and living conditions by appointing an inspector to periodically inspect rental units etc. Joan has also worked with Latino / Latina and LGBTQ populations. Longmont as a sanctuary city. She worked with El Committee to help get a driver’s license bill for undocumented residents.
Joan believes in a good fight, and this good fight makes Longmont a great place to live for all residents, regardless of skin color. A vote for Joan is a vote for Longmont.
Victor Vela Sr.
Another vision of vaccine mandates
Mr. Gerson’s column on vaccine resistance eloquently captures the sentiment of those who support immunization mandates. He points out that there is a rigorous testing process for FDA approval, but he fails to mention that the reported results of these tests (95 +% effective in preventing hospitalization and death, 90% effective in stopping the spread of disease) cannot be reproduced since the emergence of Delta. The study referred to the continued effectiveness of vaccines against our first COVID virus. This is where long term studies need to be done, but are still ongoing. Vaccines can be safe and effective, but must be evaluated long term against variants.
I am even more sorry to see the argument that vaccination mandates are effective. This can be true for all kinds of policies. If Trump points out that family separation is effective in reducing asylum seekers, he would be right. It works. Unconstitutional incentives by non-legislative means can be quick and effective, and I fail to see how that makes them worthy of being supported on that merit alone.
Companies are free to do whatever they want and demand vaccination of their employees or fire them. There is much more evidence that this is political theater than an effort to seek universal immunization. Deaths and hospitalizations for COVID typically affect people over the age of 60 (mostly inactive), vaccinated or not. How will you force those who are not working to get vaccinated? When are we going to demand that we get a social security check? When will we force to receive food stamps, social assistance or unemployment?
Questions to mayoral candidates
My late father, Sherman, had a wonderful saying. If we spoke badly about someone, their response would be, “They’ve talked about you a lot. I wonder if my dad could say that now about the millions of people who refuse the COVID vaccine and believe in conspiracy theories.
My two brothers and I were brought up by the golden rule: “Do to others what you would like them to do to you”. Even so, at this time, it is difficult to believe in the goodness of mankind.
There are very important political elections coming up across the country and in Longmont. I have to admit that the mayoral candidates, Tim Waters and Joan Peck, have puzzled me. I have heard good things from both sides regarding the qualifications of the candidates. My concern and my question are about their character. Will they fight for the little person who is fighting? Will their compassion and honor take into account the struggles that individuals are going through as a result of the pandemic? Will they do what’s best for our community? Will they embrace diversity and listen to all points of view? For me, the answers to these questions are what motivates my vote.
Thoughts on our voting choices
Tim Waters seems better prepared to deal with Longmont’s major problem, which is unchecked growth. Sean McCoy’s vast experience makes him the best bet for general consulting.
Budgets for state agencies and where funds are to be spent is done in the normal budgeting process. Thus, amendment 78 is a takeover allowing the legislature to micromanage all state agencies. It is bad government and bad management.
Proposition 119 is another bad idea: the money that could be spent on education will go to running a new agency. This proposal also allows the legislature to plunder Colorado Land Board Trust funds. Conflict is guaranteed between the new agency and the Ministry of Education. No, dopers are not overly taxed.
Proposal 120 for a so-called tax cut is anything but. This money is necessary for the common good, and not to enrich the pockets of those who want everything but do not want to pay for it.
Joan Peck will address our most important concerns
I strongly support Joan Peck as mayor. During her six years as a board member, Joan has proven to be a strong leader and fair representative for the residents of Longmont. Joan isn’t afraid to stand up for us when developers try to sneak around metro areas and fracking because she knows the critical importance of clean air and water, affordable homes, good jobs. and safe neighborhoods and schools for healthy and happy lives.
Establishing a commuter train service from Longmont to Denver is also important to Joan, as it can dramatically reduce the impact of too many cars on the road as our population skyrockets. Joan has developed many valuable relationships over the years she worked on this complicated project that will help her do her job as mayor.
Personally, I know Joan is a kind person and an honest, hardworking leader, not beholden to much money, who genuinely cares about the best interests of our residents. This fall, she traveled the city and spoke with countless residents to find out what kind of practical and meaningful policies and actions to take to address our most important concerns. I voted for Joan Peck and I hope you too!
Learn more about amendment 78; Accessories 119, 120
The election is fast approaching, and we will be asked to vote yes or no on three ballot measures: amendment 78 and proposals 119 and 120. They are written in legal jargon and are not easy to understand.
There is currently a short program available on YouTube examining the three measures and explaining their ramifications. Use “Rational Politics Ballot Measures 2021” in an online search and it will appear immediately. Consider watching this 22 minute program. To be informed!
Stone of fire