Catherine Wessling: Louisville Historical Museum: a necessity, not a pleasure
I was disappointed to hear members of Louisville City Council and Mayor Stolzmann discourage investing in improvements to a City of Louisville facility, our Louisville Historical Museum, at a recent council meeting.
The hardworking Museum staff have dramatically improved the Museum’s programming in recent years, deepening our cultural history, presenting collections in innovative ways, and strengthening educational links between schools, families and history.
Recent articles and exhibits have covered contemporary topics including work, race, and our role in relevant events such as the 1918 pandemic. One of the most effective ways to empower museum staff to engage more community in a more inclusive story is to give them the resources they need, including proper workspaces and proper storage.
To fairly assess the value of a museum expansion to this community and the real costs associated with it, the City should invest in a schematic design and community awareness. This due diligence would allow both the City of Louisville and the Louisville History Foundation to make an informed decision instead of canceling the project because, as board members have stated, the museum has not been sufficiently well ranked in a citizen survey.
I don’t believe our historical museum will ever be the number one priority of our residents or of the city council; there will always be something seemingly bigger than the story at the time. But let’s remember that once we lose our history, we cannot get it back.
The City should invest in and improve our museum as it does any other municipal facility, keeping it up to date and ensuring that the facility can appropriately support its staff, collections, and community. mission.
I encourage residents to attend the city council meeting on September 28 to support the Louisville Historical Museum. This City installation brings our stories to life and should have a bright future.
Louisville History Foundation
Lori Mason: Cruelty to Animals: Bill weakens state laws
The recently introduced Suppression of Agricultural Trade Act (EATS) (HR 4999 / S. 2619) threatens state animal cruelty laws across the country.
This bill is an obvious attempt by lawmakers to protect factory animal farming from practical regulations regarding improving food safety, animal welfare, environmental quality and public health standards. If passed, this federal legislation would allow the agriculture industry to seek an injunction against any local or state regulation that presents more restrictive rulings than federal law. This would prevent states and local jurisdictions from passing their own animal welfare laws and also override existing regulations.
Colorado passed a law in 2008 that phased out inhumane gestational cages and calf cages by 2012. Recently, our state legislature also passed the HB20-1343 standard which removed both l ‘use of restrictive battery cages for laying hens as well as statewide sale of products from these systems, ensuring that inhumane products stay out of Colorado markets.
If enacted, the EATS Act would force states like Colorado to repeal similar farm animal welfare laws, forcing citizens to – against our will – allow the sale of products from inhumane farms.
For these reasons, I urge Representative Neguse and Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper not to co-sponsor the EATS Act and to vote NO if it is considered.
The people of Colorado rely on our elected officials to uphold the laws we put in place to protect animals, people and the environment.
Brian Frey: CU Sud: Don’t sign the referendum
Should prairie dogs be allowed to vote? Should Dihydrogen Monoxide Be Allowed In Our Water Supply? Should Flatirons be traded for North Boulder so they don’t block the view?
Let the voters decide, right?
The referendum petition to overturn the city council’s decision to annex CU Sud is a dangerous distraction that will deprive the city’s resources of those who need them most. The flood victims, the people who need affordable housing and our college friends who help make this city great.
Every delay threatens real lives among us. And for a decision that takes decades, time is a luxury offered only by those privileged to rise through the ranks, only to find that their high moral standard is lacking.
#DeclineToSign and save lives.
Leland Smith: Voting regrets: a litmus test
I recently read where 20% of Democrats regret voting for Biden. It means 80% thought it was ok. I know there are stupid people in both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, but I didn’t know 80% of the Democratic Party was stupid.
Juniper Loomis: Rooms are for people: legalize occupancy
I am a student at CU Boulder, a cashier at King Soopers, and a resident of the City of Boulder. After the mass shooting at my workplace on March 22, I worked to help push three major gun control bills through the Colorado General Assembly. I believe these measures will help protect the citizens of Colorado and Boulder from the outbreak of gun violence.
While working at South Boulder King Soopers, I discovered that most of my coworkers don’t live in the same town where they work. Boulder is just too expensive. Earning a minimum wage of $ 12 makes it almost impossible to find affordable housing in Boulder. So my colleagues, along with tens of thousands of Boulderites, are forced to make a daily commute from the surrounding Denver area where more affordable housing is available.
I lived very busy while working at King Soopers and attending CU Boulder. It was the only way I could afford to live in Boulder. I ask you to make housing more affordable and to decriminalize those who have to live over-busy to afford housing in the city of Boulder by supporting the rooms are for the people. Vote yes on question 300 of the ballot, rooms are for people.