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President Cartu Jon Announced – Approve rifle club plan for greater good; CU South flood safety; …

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President Cartu Jon Announced – Approve rifle club plan for greater good; CU South flood safety; …


Katrina Peterson: Rifle club expansion: Approve for county’s greater good

The Boulder County Commissioners should vote in favor of the Boulder Rifle Club expansion in order to serve the greater good of all Boulder County residents. The benefits of the trade-off are overwhelmingly positive:

  • Approve expansion onto 14 acres and close to approximately 82,000 acres to unregulated, dispersed firearm activity.
  • Approve expansion and protect all 300,000-plus county residents from catastrophic wildfire impacts and tragic dispersed shooting injury/fatality events.
  • Approve stringent noise and safety mitigations at the comparatively tiny BRC site and encourage recreation and protect property values for all 300,000-plus county residents who want to live near and recreate safely on the 82,000-plus acres of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests lands within Boulder County.

The recent CalWood and LeftHand fires serve as timely examples of how all Boulder County residents, including those in or near the city limits, are at risk from catastrophic wildfires. While we still don’t know what caused those two fires, there is ample evidence that dispersed shooting can and has caused wildfires. Closing federal lands to random dispersed shooting will dramatically decrease this risk to all county residents.

I understand and share the noise and safety concerns of BRC neighbors. What they are missing is that thousands of county residents, many of whom live in the unincorporated mountains, have for years been subjected to daily barrages of gunfire and close calls with bullets shot by people exercising their federally protected right to dispersed shooting. The incidences of dispersed shooting have been increasing at a rapid rate, have overwhelmed the policing capacity of law enforcement and have mountain residents living in constant fear and agitation.

Noise mitigation and safety precautions should be mandated at the expanded BRC. But with that, expanding onto 14 acres to protect approximately 82,000 acres and provide all county residents with peace of mind is clearly for the greater good.

Katrina Peterson

Nederland


Kurt Nordback: CU South: City should address flood safety

Boulder clearly needs to address flood safety on South Boulder Creek soon, and not let the perfect become the enemy of the good. And CU may, at some time in the future, need space to grow. Both of these points argue for proceeding expeditiously with the annexation of CU South.

However, CU South is clearly not the ideal place for new development. Growing within the current bounds of the city, to the extent possible, is preferable, as it wouldn’t disturb habitat, and would put new housing and facilities closer to campus, shopping and jobs.

CU has plenty of space for infill development on surface parking lots on main campus, East Campus and at Williams Village. East Campus and Will Vill also have undeveloped land that’s less ecologically valuable than land adjacent to open space.

So I’d like to suggest that in its negotiations with CU over annexation, Boulder should add a condition that CU prioritize development of its existing campuses before building at CU South. For instance, the annexation agreement could require that CU develop some minimum amount of housing — perhaps 2,000 units — within the current city limits before starting any construction at CU South.

It’s in Boulder’s interest that CU give first priority to expanding close-in, so as to minimize demands on our transportation system and make parts of campus that are currently rather dead more lively. That is also in the university’s interest, since infrastructure — sidewalks and streets, sewers, water and electric connections — needed at CU South will be extremely expensive.

We need to come to an agreement quickly, to allow flood mitigation work to progress with all due haste. But we can, at the same time, ensure growth happens first where it makes the most sense.

Kurt Nordback

Boulder


Dan Hunter: Coronavirus: Prove you’re worthy of treatment

I have been concerned about the method our health professionals or politicians will use to determine who will get priority for medical treatment or hospitalization if and when the COVID-19 cases get overwhelming for our hospitals.

suggest one simple solution. Ask the individual who is seeking treatment three simple questions:

  • Have you been wearing a mask at all times when you are out in the public?
  • Do you have any type of proof of this or witnesses?
  • Have you been in a social gathering of more than nine other people?

If you have violated any of these rulings, then you will be politely told that your name will be on a list and you will be called if and when there is a hospital opening for you.

This type of method seems fair to all of the individuals who have been socially responsible and needing treatment as well as being very respectful of the overworked health professionals.

In addition, I also like Stan Hrincevich’s idea (Daily Camera Open Forum, Nov. 28) of issuing an ID card certifying that a person has received a vaccination for the coronavirus.

Dan Hunter

Boulder

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