Ron Small: Caregivers are extraordinary
My 93-year-old mother is a resident of The Peaks in Longmont. She examined optimistic for COVID-19; her check outcome arrived Might 1.
Her care at The Peaks has been implausible from her arrival there in January till right this moment (Might 8). She is going to possible die right this moment or tomorrow, however probably not from COVID-19. Whereas she has had a fever, maybe because of the virus, it’s actually her dementia and organ failure that might be her precise reason behind loss of life.
I’m not a doctor, however I do know my mother, and I do know what she has been by means of this previous 12 months. Extra importantly, I work together with the extraordinary caregivers — all of them — at The Peaks each day. I’d not need her to be anyplace else.
Magdalena Rzyska: The Zombie is again
I’m flabbergasted that the Metropolis of Boulder planning employees is requesting triplexes be construct on the Kent property.
This property is in the identical geographical and ecological location because the now-infamous Hogan Pancost parcel, which town deemed unsuited for growth (after virtually 30 years of various homeowners, growth and annexation purposes) resulting from excessive floor and groundwater that may possible trigger hurt to life and property from flooding throughout a wet episode.
The town bought the property in April 2018 to “drive a stake by means of the Zombie” and deemed it a pure flood mitigation space. The Kent property abuts the Hogan Pancost land. Nothing has modified since April 2018. That space nonetheless works as a pure flood mitigation buffer with endangered reptiles, mammals and crops calling it residence.
My home backs to the Kent property and each time we’ve got a heavy rain or spring snowmelt, the hay area, the place the brand new building is being proposed, turns into a lake. Throughout rainfall or snowmelt, I stay ultravigilant in the course of the day and evening to make sure my sump pump is certainly working and drawing water from below my home to the close by ditch. No quantity of drainage will channel that abundance of water rapidly sufficient to the creek.
With out this pure flood mitigation area, it’s plain to see that the excessive groundwater will seep by means of my basement and fill it up, which no FEMA flood insurance coverage will cowl. Is town prepared to pay for the extremely possible injury if this growth is accepted? In fact not, and but the planning employees appears prepared to place my residence and my life (in addition to my neighbors) in peril by requesting the Kents develop and pave over this pure flood mitigation space.
Brooke Harrison: In protection of science
In regard to the April 29 visitor commentary by Metropolis Council members Junie Joseph and Mary Younger: Science is totally not based mostly on custom. Basing “science” on custom is how we’ve got created a tradition of pseudoscience, various details and fast acceptance of subjective truths that agree with personally held beliefs.
Science based mostly on custom will solely serve to extend and intensify the COVID-19 pandemic. As a biologist, I’m overwhelmed with defending the CDC, the WHO, and peer-reviewed information in opposition to biohacking YouTube movies and poorly supported or deliberately deceptive outcomes launched by social influencers or the media. I’ve been within the place, on a number of events, of convincing associates throughout the U.S. to not host COVID events, harking back to the prevaccine chicken-pox events, based mostly on a misrepresentation of herd immunity.
Entry to Google doesn’t imply entry to a hidden fact. Relatively, it means entry to the beliefs of different folks with Google; not rigorously peer-reviewed analysis. Please, put aside “science” based mostly on custom. Truth-check and assume critically about all the things you learn, particularly if it agrees together with your intestine. You too can ask a scientist, somebody with years of coaching in find out how to critically consider information and strategies.
To Joseph and Younger, I perceive the opening remarks weren’t the first intent of the article, however the establishment of science based mostly on something apart from rigorous vital pondering touches a nerve with many people, and deserves to be addressed.
I imagine you had been extra referring to science as custom based mostly on the remainder of the article, and in case you meant the custom to be the scientific methodology, then I agree. Regardless, thanks each for the considerate commentary that adopted the opening remarks, and thanks for upholding Boulder traditions below these uncommon circumstances.
Susan McLean: Different visitors velocity suggestion
I learn of the latest Metropolis Council resolution to help a movement to scale back velocity limits in Boulder neighborhoods to 20 mph.
I respectfully recommend that this isn’t the transfer wanted to enhance the lives and security of Boulderites. As an alternative, I like to recommend the Metropolis Council contemplate implementing a city-wide nighttime noise discount ordinance dropping the velocity restrict between the hours of 10 p.m. and seven a.m. to 30 mph on all by means of roads.
This might considerably scale back the noise from Foothills Parkway, U.S. 36, Colo. 93 and different extremely trafficked roads by means of town, bettering each street security and our sleep. Combining this with ongoing neighborhood visitors calming measures (extra all-way cease indicators, velocity humps, visitors circles and many others.) and elevated enforcement of present velocity limits will go a good distance towards bettering our present scenario.
Albert Petersen: Retailers, put on face masks
As we open up our financial system, will probably be secure to imagine that once I enter a retail institution, together with grocery shops, I’ll instantly go away if I encounter anybody not carrying a masks. Because the carrying of a masks is for the safety of others it reveals an unimaginable lack of respect for one’s fellow residents by not taking part in one of many few means we’ve got to scale back COVID-19 infections. There’ll possible be different, extra accountable retailers who can present for my household’s wants.
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