Letters to the editor: America Recycles Day; counting COVID-19; John Eastman; wolves

Ashlee Andersen: Factory Farms: Support this vital legislation

For a long time, factory farms have not been held accountable for their negative impacts on public health, the environment and animals. During the pandemic, factory farms failed to protect the health and safety of workers, and many slaughterhouses have been the source of COVID-19 outbreaks within their community. As of July 2021, at least 58,898 slaughterhouse workers in the United States had tested positive for COVID-19. Further, Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFO) have avoided taking responsibility for the damage they have caused to the natural environment around them and the cruel conditions in which their animals live.

Farm System Reform Act (HR4421 / S.2332), reintroduced to Congress by Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Ro Khanna, seeks to address issues caused by factory farms by holding them accountable for the negative impacts of public health or the environment they cause. This vital legislation would also promote a more humane and environmentally friendly farm system by stopping the construction of new large CAFOs and eventually permanently removing all existing large CAFOs by 2040. It is time that farms factory to bear responsibility for the damage caused to workers and communities. I call Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and Rep. Joe Neguse to support this vital legislation

Ashlee Andersen


Peter Lynch: Stopping Fur and Wolves: Two Bad Measures

In 2007 I was a postulant at a Trappist convent in South Carolina. We had a poultry farm with 21,000 birds, small in commercial terms, and we sold their eggs. People for Ethical Animal Treatment (PETA) was in the midst of a campaign against the egg production industry. Realizing that Mepkin Abbey presented an easier target than a large commercial farm, they sent a representative who claimed to be an attractive one. Breaking clear rules and ignoring visible signage, this man entered a chicken house one morning while my best friend in the convent, a young monk with a degree in theology from Notre Dame, was euthanizing a dying bird. Agent PETA had a miniature camera that the monk never saw and shot a video. PETA used the video as evidence in an attempt that almost succeeded in convincing CBS 60 Minutes to make a segment on us, while the public relations woman for our abbot convinced the producer, because of the convent, that they were heading from the nose to a very unjust cause.

This story should be a cautionary tale for those of you who voted to ban wool. People who lead accusations of ethical treatment of animals cannot be trusted to behave ethically. I know nothing about the individuals involved in the Boulder voting initiative. I know that the animal rights movement is covered with apparent purity while behaving in a way that is nothing like it. The wool ban has so much in common with the nationwide reintroduction of wolves that the Front Range forced it to descend to the western slope last year, against the advice of the Colorado Fish and Wildlife. Shame on you, Boulder. Enough with the ill-conceived voting initiatives. Leave the government to the government.

Peter Lynch


John A Stevenson: CU Football: Shocked by $ 400,000 salary

Let me hasten to assure all readers that this is not a letter to CU South or Bedrooms are for people. My concern is a rather hidden fact that appeared on Camera October 25: “CU Buffs Karl Dorrell looking for ‘new energy’ after the change of coach OL.” It appears the Buffs offensive line coach, who was sacked that weekend, was earning $ 400,000 a year for his futile efforts to build a functioning line.

I admit I was shocked. Of course, I knew very well that some sectors of the campus were better than others and that the football program had no resemblance in its ability to find and spend money. But $ 400,000 for a line coach?

I have been a faculty member at the University of Colorado for nearly 40 years and have taught thousands of students. I have also worked in various administrative settings. My salary is less than a third of what the attacking line coach gets. I know it’s not bad by many standards, but 40 years of dedication to CU take me 30% of a line coach’s salary on a miserable team? I would dare that very few of my most prominent faculty colleagues earn half of what a line coach takes home and much more even less.

I remember the powerful line to Senator Joseph McCarthy, “Aren’t you ashamed?” I repeat to my employer and academic home, “Are you so ashamed?”

John A Stevenson


Michael Dille: Life in the Boulder: Remember what is important

Sometimes the air gets cold and spreads through the backyard of the pasture in the fall of my life.

It is such a wonderful bodily experience that it stops the conversation from drinking.

Clearing pasture grass leads to rough rocky outcrops that start rocks.

We smell the animals and their feces in that sweet smell of understanding.

My fellow citizens have decided to protect this landscape and miraculously allow me to live here.

There is so much rage in public conversations. It weighs on my heart.

But to know the truth, we live in a miracle.

Please remember what is important in the larger idea of ​​things.

Michael Dille


David Stewart: Tom Miers: I withdraw my statement

I withdraw my statement that the Boulder Valley Education Association approved Tom Miers for the Boulder Valley School Board (Donna Miers: Her Letter Was Strange, Nov. 10). After reviewing the minutes of our small donor committee meeting, Tom sought our approval for his second term and the BVEA was ready to approve Tom; since the BVSD canceled the election, we did not formally approve his candidacy.

David Stewart

Vice President of BVEA