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Fair Elections Now

Fair Elections Now

The Fair Elections Now Act for Congressional Campaigns In March 2009, the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752 and H.R. 1826) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and in the House of Representatives by [...]

Tax Assessment vs. Listing Price

Tax Assessment vs. Listing Price

The Camera recently has made an issue of the difference between the County Assessor’s valuation of our house ($835,000) and the listing price ($2.1 million). We bought the home in which we live at 1680 Wilson Court in 1988. The assertion made in [...]

“Council Seeking Budget Boost”… or not

“Council Seeking Budget Boost”… or not

I guess I’ve about had it with our local hometown newspaper. You can imagine my surprise when I saw the headline for a front page article in the Camera a couple of days ago.  Council seeks a budget increase? A 27% budget increase, no less, [...]

Partnering with Xcel

Partnering with Xcel

As Boulder considers the Xcel franchise agreement it is important to look at their past record and attitude. Consider Boulder’s Carbon Action Program. While Xcel offers a range of energy efficiency programs they are primarily concerned with the [...]

Boulder Tops the Century Mark

Boulder Tops the Century Mark

After 150 years, the population of the City of Boulder has finally surpassed one hundred thousand, according to a recent estimate by the U. S. Census Bureau. The report indicated that the city’s growth rate since 2000 was 6 percent, well below the [...]

Dithering Against Climate Change

Dithering Against Climate Change

In the US, buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of annual greenhouse gas emissions; globally, the percentage is even greater.  Since all of the buildings in the entire world are existing, if we do not make significant reductions to [...]

Is the Jefferson Parkway a Road to the Past?

Is the Jefferson Parkway a Road to the Past?

Smart twenty-first century transportation planning meets the multiple goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.  The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County has studied the proposed Jefferson Parkway toll road – with one [...]

Smart Regs and Quality of Life

Sitting On the Three Legged Stool With the current debate swirling around SmartRegs, I support them, professionally and personally. However, there are some details in the regulations that need correction and further work. As is often stated, the [...]

Boulder Does the Right(s) Thing

Boulder Does the Right(s) Thing

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 I love this quotation.  It runs through my head each time I am [...]

Smart Regs: Another Landlord’s Perspective

Smart Regs: Another Landlord’s Perspective

The Smart Regs proposal, which would require energy upgrades in over 19,000 Boulder rental properties, is likely the single most important opportunity to reduce carbon emissions in Boulder to date. The implications of climate change [...]

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