Stef Morgan: CU budget: A cap on salaries
The University of Colorado just finalized its budget for the upcoming year.
I found it surprising that they cut their advertising contract with RTD and that, in the same budget, the CU Regents were able to approve a $750,000 salary for the interim president. Meanwhile, the students who are funding that salary are racking up huge debt. CU would likely defend such a high salary, claiming it keeps the school competitive. That said, the state should impose a cap on all salaries at state schools so they can remain competitive and reasonable. Perhaps the state schools could then pass on their savings to students and also continue to help fund local and regional transportation, which so much of the public depends upon.
Danny Jansky: China: Unlike John Cena
Biden recently spent a week gathering support from the EU and others for human rights. (This was very successful.) Biden and the EU already do good work throughout the world, but there seems to be an urgency regarding the refugee influx into India and Bangladesh.
India and Bangladesh are completely surrounded by Chinese Communist Party Influence. The CCP-influenced Pakistan military is to the west. The CCP-influenced Myanmar military is to the east. China is to the north. (And the ocean is to the south.)
The suffering in India and Bangladesh is increasing exponentially. AND CHINA IS NOT ASSISTING. So unless China is going to wipe these people from the face of the planet, democracies with decency need to peacefully intervene.
The Biden and EU directions regarding human rights have shown that they will not be doing the John Cena grovel. So the many EU and American companies that are richly benefiting from operations in China can now be directed to make small voluntary donations to the much-suffering (people) in India and Bangladesh (needed supplies).
This will show the loveable face that Xi wants for China. And it will show the Chinese people that democracies and capitalists are ready to assist China to aid these people.
Cooper Majka: Father’s Day: We like fishing
Today is Father’s Day, and while most of the country might be celebrating with baseball and burgers, I’m taking a decidedly different approach: I’m going “fishing.” But not the kind of fishing you’re thinking of.
Our planet’s oceans and waterways are being stripped through commercial fishing and even “recreational fishing” takes its toll on the environment, not to mention the trauma to marine life. At our current rate, we could see fishless oceans by 2048.
This is why, as an ethical vegan and father of two children, I have my own unique approach to “fishing.”
Armed with Google image search and fish identification guides, my kids and I go “fishing” in the same way a birder goes birding. We walk the lake shorelines and “catch” a glimpse of freshwater fish. This past weekend we “caught” a dozen carp, a few bass, several perch and one very elusive catfish; all logged in our Fishing Journal.
As stewards of this planet, we have a unique opportunity to share these moments and nature with the next generation and prove there are more ethical ways to “capture” wildlife.
Kathie Joyner: CU South: Plenty of possibilities
Recently I spent time at CU South enjoying the recreational opportunities available on the university’s property. As I looked out over large areas of degraded habitat, I was struck by possibilities for restoration of important plant/animal communities at the site. I, like many in Boulder, place considerable value on areas of open space and understand the need to ensure their protection and restoration.
The Guiding Principles — the document currently guiding annexation negotiations between the City of Boulder and the University of Colorado Boulder — prioritize the protection of open space and resource restoration on approximately 120 acres of “Open Space-Other” lands on the CU South property. Not only is such restoration critical to repairing poorly functioning wetland systems, its proximity adjacent to South Boulder Creek Natural Area would further enhance the overall ecosystem of South Boulder Creek and the values of city open space.
The principles also encourage the exploration of the potential for educational and research opportunities on open space-other lands, providing a unique opportunity for the city and CU to work cooperatively on important environmental restoration/rehabilitation endeavors.
At the same time, the Guiding Principles encourage the provision of additional public recreational opportunities that would not endanger the ecology of the area. Well-planned trails throughout this area would allow for public enjoyment as well as providing environmental education and interpretation opportunities.
While annexation terms are still being negotiated, I look forward to learning more from the city/CU as to how these open space-other lands could be maximized for ecosystem restoration, open space protection and public recreation/education.
Additional noteworthy advantages of annexation: construction of much-needed South Boulder Creek flood mitigation for protection of thousands of residents downstream AND provision of additional CU housing, which is critically needed. Let’s not miss this opportunity!
former resident of Boulder