http://www.highlandermo.com/pdf/Sept2020Issue.pdf “One of the great joys of campaigning for elected office ismeeting people in their special corner of beautiful BoulderCounty. Even during the pandemic I have been able to joinpeople in their backyards, on their favorite county trail andin their farm fields so they can tell me about their concernsfor the future of Boulder County and show me the placethey love so much.”
Our work is to rebuild our country to end the oppression and fear of which John Lewis wrote. We must rebuild our economy so that everyone can experience the dignity of a decent life – a life in which the work they do is rewarded by decent wages; in which their children can see limitless opportunities; in which our brothers and sisters are not sleeping in tents in public parks for want of a decent place to live.
“Future pandemics are indeed a risk. We should be planning for the next pandemic now, even as we strive to overcome this one. Increasing wages for essential workers, improving benefits, bolstering our public health system, and addressing the causes of chronic disease will provide far more enduring protection than perpetuating suburban density living.” https://www.dailycamera.com/2020/06/06/guest-opinion-claire-levy-restricting-housing-density-not-the-answer-to-preventing-future-pandemics/
Future pandemics are indeed a risk. We should be planning for the next pandemic now, even as we strive to overcome this one. Increasing wages for essential workers, improving benefits, bolstering our public health system, and addressing the causes of chronic disease will provide far more enduring protection than perpetuating suburban density living. https://www.dailycamera.com/2020/06/06/guest-opinion-claire-levy-restricting-housing-density-not-the-answer-to-preventing-future-pandemics/
Claire Levy: Diverse representation is critical I applaud Elise Jones, Deb Gardner and Cindy Domenico for pointing out in a Camera guest opinion the overwhelming whiteness of elected officials throughout Boulder County’s history. I care deeply about working towards racial equity and am encouraged to see wide support for that value. I am aware that the privilege I have as a white woman has given me advantages throughout my life. In many …
We have been living under siege. But the source of that siege is domestic, and it emanates from racism, nationalism, xenophobia and other manifestations of cultural insecurity and intolerance.
“. . . . Another revealing fact from Overlooked & Undercounted: populations of color in Colorado disproportionately experience inadequate income, with Latino/a households reporting the highest rate of inadequate income (47 percent), followed by African Americans (46 percent). That’s compared to 21 percent of white households.
“If anyone thinks that we have left persistent racism behind us, I think you just need to look at these data, and they tell a different story,” said Levy.
I’ve been on a journey to learn about my white privilege for several years. It has been hard work but it has been rewarding.
Colorado is in the midst of a jail crisis. Across the state, jails are overcrowded, with several jails operating at 150 percent capacity with deplorable conditions. Yet the majority of people in those jails have not been convicted — they have been accused of a crime and are deemed to be innocent in the eyes of the law. Many will ultimately be exonerated. Many who are convicted will be sentenced …