A public well being emergency
I appreciated the Oct. 27 letter from Pikes Peak Space Superintendents Affiliation members. I’m glad to listen to they’re dedicated to conserving faculties open. They mentioned that we want the assistance of the group on this. I might add that we additionally must push our native public well being division to assist crunch the information and to extra intently assist our faculties.
Lots of our group youths and youngsters don’t have the choice to attend college in particular person. They’re struggling academically, psychologically, socially and bodily. I see this as a household doctor and take into account it a public well being emergency. Our well being division wants to help with and reply to knowledge about COVID-19 unfold in faculties within the subsequent few weeks. I wager that in faculties the place masks carrying is well-implemented, there was little unfold attributed to attending college.
If there was little unfold attributed to attending college, then please let our youths and their households have the selection to attend college 4 to 5 days per week after the New 12 months.
Proper now our hammer is to shut all the things down fully or partially. However with knowledge, I believe we are going to see that this device of full or partial closure doesn’t need to be indiscriminately utilized to varsities. I believe we are going to see that our faculties may be opened greater than they’re now. Our faculties need assistance from public well being gathering and decoding the information after which being allowed to reopen safely.
Jamie Glover, M.D.
Nothing improper with this image
In response to “Profiling doesn’t construct belief” Oct. 29:
I used to be additionally lately stopped for a rushing infraction. I, too, was requested for proof of insurance coverage, registration and driver’s license. I, too, was requested to open my automotive door so VIN could possibly be verified. I, too, was requested the place I used to be born and the final 4 digits of my Socal Safety quantity.
I’m a center class, middle-aged white girl. There may be nothing improper with this image. This isn’t profiling, it’s customary protocol.
Kudos to election offi
There has lately been quite a bit within the media, politics and in courtroom instances concerning the integrity of mail-in ballots. Whereas Colorado may need a bonus over some states by way of expertise and mail-in poll infrastructure, it’s worthwhile to notice how properly our system works. Shortly after receiving my mail-in poll ,I accomplished it and put it into our native poll drop field shortly earlier than midday that day. Early the following morning, I acquired an e-mail from El Paso County election officers that my poll had been accepted.
My due to Colorado’s secretaries of state, current and previous, for a system that works. Thanks additionally to El Paso County election officers who’ve rigorously applied that system on the native stage. It’s a tribute to our democracy how properly that works.
Sure, there may be some errors in some states, even doubtless small ones in Colorado. Any system that depends on people and is barely absolutely examined each two years can rely on that, even in states with no mail-in ballots.
Nonetheless, I’m relieved that these errors appear to be small and out of doors of systemic voter suppression efforts ought to result in correct election outcomes. Could the desire of the individuals prevail.
Get rid of combative language
Throughout this early fall of our election season with the daisies and daylilies previous blooming and the high-country aspen groves gleaming of their golden glory our consideration turns, immediately, to combating.
As youngsters we regularly hear — and as adults ignore — the schoolyard admonition of fogeys, lecturers, clergy and peace-loving adults in all places: “Now play good and don’t battle.” What occurs in that quick journey from the playground to maturity?
What occurs to the wanna-be politician away from household civility who morphs right into a fighter? A fighter for his or her constituents; a fighter towards these left-wing nuts; a fighter towards these right-wing nuts; a fighter towards particular pursuits; a fighter to guard our values.
And what of these different fighters? Somebody is at all times combating to get you the most effective deal; the most effective worth. Another person is combating to get you the cash you deserve. After leaving the playground, some adults prefer to return to a facsimile there of on the Little League discipline the place combating is something however figurative.
And what of a politically contested state being known as a “battleground?” Sadly, our shorthand for battle, carnage and slaughter is picture wealthy, outflanking the mundane. I ask you, the place’s the imagery in “contested?”
Think about if we may remove this combative, militaristic language from our civilian vocabulary. Wouldn’t it assist make safer future generations?
Do not forget that rousing highschool or school soccer battle tune?: “We’re going to Struggle! Struggle! Struggle!”