The Postmaster General is one of the problems with the USPS; student programs offer hope; the media must tell the whole truth about the climate – Boulder Daily Camera

Lars Morales: Mail: Postmaster General part of USPS problems

The article “Residents demonstrate in the streets” by Bruce Finley from Friday, July 29 Camera omitted the most important fact. Louis DeJoy was appointed Postmaster General in May 2020 by the USPS Board of Governors. He received, I believe, an unwritten mandate from Trump to slow down US mail just in time for the election as part of a broader strategy to make mail-in voting more difficult. It was part of Trump’s longstanding efforts to sow mistrust and distort ballot efforts. In the article, Finley mentioned that multimillion-dollar high-speed letter-sorting machines were thrown out in the weather and loads of blue USPS mailboxes were trucked out of cities across the country. But, by not putting a name to the destruction of our postal service, Finley has managed to obscure the problem. I think Louis DeJoy is the cause of the mail problems in Buena Vista and in our great nation.

Lars Morales, senior

Linda Lattanzi: Education: Creative programs for students offer refreshing hope

How refreshing to see The Camera’s front page on Monday August 1st with such a positive and inspiring story: “SVVSD Adopts New Agenda”, by Amy Bounds. It was indeed uplifting to read about such a creative program for students and to see how committed these people are to designing programs that provide such opportunities for students. Hats off to all the brilliant minds contributing their ideas, time and support. There is hope!

On a separate note: please restore the camera format! I almost need my magnifying glass to read it now.

Linda Lattanzi, Niwot

Jacqueline Eliopoulos: Environment: The media must tell the whole truth

As someone who follows local and national news reports, as well as newspapers from some other countries, I have to tell you that I am concerned about the recent extreme heat, flooding and wildfires raging across the world. These crises are felt everywhere on our planet as well as here at home. I have compassion for people who lose their lives and livelihoods to extreme weather, and I fear that the impact on my community and all of our communities will accelerate and be even worse than this. which we have already suffered.

Seeing the headlines in so many outlets covering these climate disasters makes me realize that most news stories show no connection between them and their main cause: fossil fuels. This is dangerous because many people will continue to refuse to see that longer, hotter and deadlier summers are caused and perpetuated by disastrous coal, oil and gas projects – and the fossil fuel industry.

We have been warned for more than forty years of the consequences of the unrestrained use of fossil fuels. The warnings are now our reality. Our once clean air is now stained daily with potentially deadly pollution. The science is clear – the more we allow coal, oil and gas companies to dig and burn, the more severe the impacts of the climate crisis will be. With every fraction of a degree of warming, we will see and suffer more extreme heat, droughts, floods, wildfires and hurricanes. But the fossil fuel industry continues to ignore these warnings and undermines our chances for a safer future, and CO2 emissions keep rising. I believe the oil companies pay huge sums of money to lie to us and tell us on TV that they care about the quality of our lives. Yet we all need to know that it is fossil fuels that are driving global warming that leads to extreme weather events. They just keep digging, burning and profiting from it, without any accountability. Last month, the profits of TotalEnergies, a French oil company, hit a record high.

Climate impacts – like recent heat waves and wildfires – disproportionately affect people and communities who are already disadvantaged. The people who have contributed least to the climate crisis are suffering the most from its effects – they are losing their livelihoods, hope and worse: their lives – while oil companies continue to reap record profits. It is false in every way.

Local, regional and national media have an important mission — and a moral obligation to tell the whole truth. It’s time to clarify one thing about extreme weather: it’s not a “crisis” that just happens to us — I believe it’s a crime, and the fossil fuel industry is to blame. And saying it once is not enough. The media has an important job to do to turn the tide of public opinion and help the world avoid the possibility of the extinction of life as we know it. Ultimately, our very existence hangs in the balance. Please tell the real story of the climate crisis.

Jacqueline Eliopoulos, Boulder