Letters to the editor: Spelling Bee champ; transgender rights; Cliff Grassmick; property taxes; Hill riots

Steve Whitaker: Xcel: Raising the rate is unfair

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden said, “The heart of American capitalism is a simple idea: open and fair competition – that means if your companies want to win your business, they have to go out and they should increase their game; better prices and services; new ideas and products. ”

Not really. If you are a monopoly and want more revenue and profit, you just raise the price. No competition threat, no one will lower your price. So while the cost of renewable energy is falling, Xcel in Colorado is looking for a rate hike, a big one: $ 343 million. And about $ 12 million of them will be paid by us at Boulder. Not just a one-time payment, but $ 12 million more each year until the next rate increase. And there are some who thought that communism was expensive!

The president is right, capitalism works when there is competition. When will we be able to buy our energy in a competitive “open and fair” market? Others in the US can, why not us?

Steve Whitaker


Rishi Raj: Vulgarity: We can change

I am compelled to wonder whether or not we have grown more vulgar despite the rhyme of civilization in public discourse. It appears to lie just below like a submarine stripping to the surface of a giant ocean.

Why? It’s a question one can ask. In return, I ask you to find a quiet moment to think, deep within yourself of your thoughts and actions. Have you been really kind to everyone or just to some for the sake of denigrating others who may disagree with you?

However, deeper within us lies the kindness that has consistently saved our race and history. When you reach that depth and look up through the periscope, then you can understand the vulgarity of what we see, hear and read – nothing but intolerance, the very opposite of the goodness with which we are all ordained.

If and only if, you find this abyss between depth and surface, how should one reconcile to live a good life? I wonder about this almost every day, but I do not have an answer. I usually think about what Tolstoy said, which I read somewhere. I clearly remember his two axioms and the third, which I remember organically. The first is to engage with another human being with views opposite to yours. The second is to deal with self-made, like shoe repair and turning the collar into shirt. The third is to have a spiritual inclination in your life.

Let me also add my opinion on it: To be resolutely non-violent, as preached by Gandhi. He owned a pair of sandals and a waist cloth, that’s all. It is the truth and the antidote to vulgarity.

Rishi Raj


Elisabeth Smith: King Soopers: A Tribute to the Food Box

In honor of those who lost their lives at Table Mesa King Soopers, I would love to see a designated and labeled grocery box at King Sooper Boulder Stores.

People can choose to add $ 1 worth of food that is on sale for their order and place the items in the food pantry box to share.

Just a thought!

Elisabeth Smith


Julia Chaknova: Bible verse: Why is it offensive?

In response to Alan Saville’s July 17 thoughts about a July 4 ad using a Bible verse, Alan did not mention which group or entity placed the ad; so I do not know by whom Alan Saville was offended. All I know is that the person or entity Alan Saville refers to is called “them” by Alan Saville. Pronouns without a name confuse. Also, I do not understand why Alan Saville finds the use of words so offensive. My America is a place where I have freedom of speech and a place where I can enjoy the freedom of thought and the freedom to ignore the speech of people who seek to make me doubt myself. Maybe something about the July 4th ad made Alan Savile doubt Alan Savile.

Julia Chaknova


Amanda Walsh: BVSD: Protect our children

The BVSD is currently deciding whether to require masks for children when they return to school. Here are the facts: The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all children over the age of 2 wear masks at school, and other crowded situations, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID cases are increasing among the unvaccinated and will only continue to increase when the weather cools down and we spend more time indoors. Delta is 225% more contagious than the virus we were dealing with last year. In 2020, we leaned back to protect the elderly, but now that we are tired of COVID, some people seem eager to risk our children’s health rather than wearing those oh-so unbearable masks.

Wearing masks is such a small and simple requirement. We are capable of refraining from sending walnut products to school to protect a minority of children, but can we not wear masks to protect all children? Give me a break.

We are not an isolated group of individuals, we are, or should be, an attentive, caring community. Learning to be a helpful, compassionate member of this community is a great lesson for our children to learn. BVSD, please do not place our children in an unnecessarily vulnerable position; require masks until our children can be vaccinated. You did not have in-person board meetings until you were vaccinated, why would you treat our children differently?

Amanda Walsh