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Mackenzie Sehlke: Farmer’s Market: County Should Invest in Fair Master Plan

Boulder County Farmers Markets has a long and proud relationship supporting local farmers, growers and residents at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Our Longmont Markets welcome up to 60,800 visitors per season, activating the fairgrounds nine months a year. We believe the Boulder County Commissioners should invest in this partnership with the Fairgrounds Master Plan and we need your help! Please register to attend the final public meeting on July 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. or email today in support of BCFM Markets at the fairgrounds!

BCFM takes its mission to support local producers and our neighbors seriously. On a summer Saturday in Longmont, the market welcomes up to 2,200 visitors, plus 120 local producers and artisans, and creates an important community gathering place. In 2021, during a time of continued community food insecurity, BCFM distributed nearly $200,000 in additional incentives to Longmont families shopping with SNAP and WIC. These essential food access programs have made local food more affordable for Longmont residents, including the more than 2,100 children served by these programs. We’re in Longmont come rain or shine, providing local food and building the community. The Boulder County Fairgrounds is our home in Longmont and we need it to grow with us.

The fairgrounds master plan provides an ideal opportunity to invest in community infrastructure by creating an indoor/outdoor market pavilion for farmers – with many utilities, parking for producers, public restrooms, a space flexible demonstration teaching and an accessible ADA design – which will serve farmers, growers and the community all year round for years to come. Our local producers grow, raise, manufacture and prepare the best of local food. They need our community support and deserve our thoughtful planning of a space that will sustain their businesses rain or shine for many years to come. Please let the Boulder County Commissioners know how important BCFM Longmont Farmers Markets are to you, your family and the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

Mackenzie Sehlke, Executive Director, Boulder County Farmers Markets, Rock

David Buckner: CU Research: Cement Research Needs More Thinking

At this time of year, we appropriately celebrate the many freedoms we enjoy. Unfortunately, one of the most commonly exercised freedoms is the freedom not to have to think. The July 5 article praising a breakthrough by UC researchers in creating “carbon-negative” cement production is just one of many prime examples that show the need for more thought. By causing calcium carbonate to be produced via algae growth, yes carbon dioxide is removed from the air. Good. But, from what I understand, the production of Portland cement involves at its heart the separation of carbon dioxide from calcium carbonate, leaving calcium oxide, and then the carbon dioxide is back in the air where it comes from. Massive amounts of energy are required to accomplish this split. Whatever the source of the calcium carbonate, the production of calcium oxide is necessary for the production of cement and this consumes a lot of energy and releases carbon dioxide.

What has been saved in terms of carbon by not mining limestone is the carbon dioxide produced when excavators and haul trucks operate and burn diesel fuel. But producing “farmed” calcium carbonate and building the necessary facilities will have their own likely even greater energy requirements, not to mention a very large land footprint and the need for vast amounts of water. Land area and water are two elements whose conservation is increasingly critical. The extent of such production facilities needed to even come close to the tonnage needed to satisfy our concrete waste society would be immense. These kinds of things require much more thought and comprehensive energy assessments. Please, gullible public, give up exercising your freedom not to think!

David Buckner, Rock

Don Mayer: Elections: even-numbered years voting is bad for an informed process

A letter from the Daily Camera on Monday misinterpreted what Bob Yates clearly meant by “qualified voter”. He didn’t mean anything harmful. I believe he meant that a qualified voter is someone who has been able to learn and understand the local issues at stake in local elections because they are not distracted by national issues. National problems are major and deep and thus divert our attention from local things. Hence Mr Yates’ argument that it would be a disaster for an informed local vote. The current idea of ​​“voting in national elections” is just a really bad idea if we care about an informed democratic process.

Don Mayer, Rock

Susan Evans: E-bikes: Shanahan’s trails are too crowded

An iPad petition was proposed Sunday at the Shanahan Ridge Trailhead asking for people’s opinions on allowing e-bikes on the trails. I was appalled. We’ve been here over a decade ago when some pedal bikes wanted to take these trails. The issue ended up before the Boulder City Council, which banned them.

Let’s not start again. Shanahan’s trails are crowded with people and dogs and still not suitable for bikes, especially e-bikes. Allowing them would be a recipe for disaster. That shouldn’t even be a consideration.

Susan Evans, Boulder

Burt Odenheimer: Editorials: No harm in learning more about St. Louis

Isn’t it interesting that Friday’s Open Forum began with a letter on Democracy needs an informed public and ended with a complete rejection of that notion (Did St Louis and Boulder have something in common) ? Thank you for these reposted editorials. I prefer to be educated.

Burt Odenheimer, Boulder

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