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Jerry Shapins: Ballot issues would make city more brittle

The opinions published in the Daily Camera have been a powerful reminder about the need to pay attention to how our neighborhoods can adapt to change for the good of all. Proposed neighborhood initiatives 300/301 suggest that we “plan by voting” to protect citizens from land-use changes while also paying for community benefits. If the […]

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Mark Bloomfield: Ballot issues will harm small businesses

As the owner of a small, green building consulting firm in Boulder, I strongly oppose ballot issue 301 for the disastrous, immediate implications it has for the construction industry in Boulder and our broader economy. If 301 passes, the city of Boulder has stated that there will be a six-month moratorium on permits for new […]

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Leslie Durgin: Look beyond the ballot titles

Over the last two months, I have participated in numerous debates on issues 300 and 301 and had dozens of conversations with friends and neighbors. Many people are having a hard time understanding these issues and making up their mind whether to support or oppose them. I’d like to share a few more things I […]

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Beth Hartman: Keep Boulder inclusive

I’ve lived in Boulder my whole life and really love this place, so I am deeply disappointed by what seems to be a recent trend towards increasingly divisive local politics that I believe is harming the collaborative spirit of our community. I can think of several examples that appear to fit into this trend, but […]

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Susan B. Levy: Ballot issues are about who we want to be

I am writing on behalf of the Human Services Alliance of Boulder County, composed of the nonprofit human service agencies that receive local government funding in Boulder County. We oppose the city of Boulder ballot issues 300 and 301. If passed, we believe that not only would it be more difficult for our organizations to […]

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Regina Cowles: Proponents should stick to civil debate

Recently, the proponents of the two anti-growth ballot issues, measures 300 and 301, have taken to spending much of their time attacking those of us who are speaking out against these measures. Much of this is in the form of ad hominem attacks against individuals who write to the newspaper opposing these issues. In addition, […]

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Eric Budd: Class, race exclusion could be enshrined in charter

Two ballot measures proposed by neighborhood groups, “Neighborhood Right to Vote” and “New Development Shall Pay Its Own Way” (300 and 301, respectively) aim to give citizens more rights to control growth and development in Boulder. However, support for these measures strongly biases toward homeowners and older demographics. The proposals will greatly disadvantage people who […]

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