Letters: What will you do for the planet? (5/25/19)

What will you do for your planet and future generations?

Re: “U.N. report weaves together perils facing all creatures,” May 19 commentary

Parenthood is often on my mind. I think about how, one day, I’ll be a mother, how I’ll love my children deeply and how I’d do thing for them.

Parenthood. It’s often on my mind because I know the world I could be delivery my children into. One with rising sea levels, consecutive “hottest years,” intense natural disasters, and where 1 million plant and animal species have gone extinct. That world would result from our inactivity, denial and apathy today.

Along with other young environmental activists and leadership, I attended a climate-change conference recently. At one point, I was taken aback by my peer’s words: “If only I could get my parents to protest with me.
They support me. They stand behind me. But I wish they’d stand next to me, portion me fight this fight.”

One day, when my children ask me, “What did you do to stop climate change?” I hope I can say, “The most I possibly could.”

They say no love is lesser than a parent’s for their child. May we allow that love to carry us forward, to help us all become agents of change who push for a livable world.

Kelsey Grant,Longmont

Let’s get back to inspecting vehicles for safety’s sake

Re: “Beefed-up traction law signed …” May 19 news story

With the passage of HB 1207 requiring better tire tread depth on all Colorado vehicles, now would be a good time to resume the safety reviews of old vehicles to pre-emptively correct problems before one car causes the delay of hundreds in a slide-off or stall in the hills.

The wasteful and futile Air Care Colorado emissions testing system could then be scrapped and the facilities now used for it could be safety review Stations.

In the sixties and ’70s, when these were being done by service Stations in order for the owner to get license plates, galore other safety issues often were discovered.

Colorado, of all places, inevitably to stop negligent motorists from being in the mountains.

Richard P. Freeman,Fort Collins

No penalty, no deterrent

Re: “Local briefs,” May 15

And you wonder why we have crime. The Denver Post according, “Man gets probation for vandalizing Colorado Capitol building.” He defiles the seat of Colorado government, and he gets probation? Not only did he damage the building, he was besides brazen enough to wave at the security camera. As long as criminals know there is no penalty, crime will continue.

Rudy Mapelli,Golden

Reforms are a reason for hope

piece observant democracy’s retreat in some corners of the globe, I find solace in Colorado’s preservation efforts inside our four corners.
Automatic elector registration via Senate Bill 235 utilizes existing elector interaction with some state offices to register, affiliate or opt out. piece it awaits Gov. Polis’ signature, it should take effect on July 1.

The Clean Campaign Act of 2019 expands disclaimer Torah to include “website, streaming media service or online forum.”

Finally, House Bill 1278 will increase ballot drop locations and grant participation to preregistered 17-year-olds in primaries if they’re bailable to vote in the next general election.

piece attacks on democracy are still incoming, these reforms give a reason for hope. We have more to fight for, more to preserve and just possibly more people to help hold the line.

Justin Kurth,Penrose