Page Weil: Election: Let’s give volunteers all the help they need

Boulder County residents may not realize it, but their public safety is supported by several all-volunteer agencies. These include:

• Fighting forest fires in a time of more frequent and devastating fires
• Search and rescue of lost or injured people in Boulder County’s world-class mountain terrain
• Ambulance services in remote areas of the county that would otherwise be unserved

Agencies responsible for these services operate on tight budgets and paying full-time staff would be prohibitively expensive. These Boulder County volunteers serve their communities because of their passion for helping those around them. They do so without any expectation of payment and seek voter support to fund elements of their work that cannot be paid for by volunteer hours alone.

Ballot 1B measures cover some of the most significant costs incurred by Boulder County volunteer agencies, including facility upgrades, major capital expenditures like trucks, facility upgrades and operational costs. during major events like the 2013 floods, Calwood Fire, Marshall Fire and others. All money generated by this ballot measure will go towards activities and expenses that directly benefit the citizens of Boulder County.

Please consider publicly supporting this initiative to fund Boulder County volunteer emergency providers.

For those concerned about administrative costs, all Boulder County volunteer agencies are registered as 501c3 nonprofit organizations and how their donations are spent can be audited by several transparency services.

Page Weil, Boulder

Tom Myer: Library district: Protect Boulder from the rising tide of ignorance and autocratic fervor

My wife and I moved to Gunbarrel in 2019. We love living in the Front Range of Colorado where we fly fish, snowshoe, hike, and bike. Boulder is a paradise for those who love the outdoors.

Boulder has also long positioned itself as a bastion of progressive values: social justice, the betterment of the human condition, and the promotion of public goods. A strong public library with stable funding, which is exactly what a library district provides (Measurement 6C on the November ballots), is central to all of these values.

We’re both English majors, so it’s no surprise that we love books, reading and libraries. We were both raised in military families that didn’t have much material wealth, but the communities we lived in preserved and developed their libraries, giving us access to a universe of knowledge and entertainment.

As the saying goes, “libraries are the last great unbroken promise of a democratic society” and if you look around you at the state of our country, libraries and all they represent are under siege. In recent years, we have seen a dramatic increase in anti-democratic notions, such as campaigns to ban books and cut library funding, as well as the spread of misinformation and disinformation. And all of this coming from a group of people with perceived grievances that, like it or not, reflect the hatred and shameful bigotry of 1930s Germany.

Access to education through our libraries is fundamental to ensuring the availability of accurate information. Boulder must take an important step to protect itself from the rising tide of ignorance and autocratic fervor by voting to fund our libraries. Voting “yes” to Measure 6C will stabilize public library funding, allow for the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of facilities, and increase services to the public (including a much-needed branch in Gunbarrel).

Tom Myer, Boulder