Two of Loveland’s best are gone
The recent death of John Stewart and last summer’s loss of Jack Wilson have made me realize just how lucky I was to have shared friendships with these two Loveland giants. Few, if any, have given more to Loveland, both in their roles in the Loveland school system and, as importantly, as volunteer leaders for our community. Neither knew how to say “no” when Loveland asked them to serve, or when they simply recognized a need.
John and Jack, it was an honor. You made me a better person, along with countless others.
Consider the safety of our youth
I’m confused. If there is any chance of inhaling a substance that has a chance of being injurious to our health causing addiction, why would we do it? What is even more confusing is why would we want to enable our youth to do the same.
Before writing this, I looked up statistics and data surrounding the cons of e-cigarettes, which I decided not to repeat. It’s easy to find and has been presented in previous Open Forum letters. So, I looked for the pros of e-cigarettes. The benefit stated by most testimonies was that it aides to stop smoking cigarettes. While admirable, wouldn’t we want to help prevent our youth from starting this addiction in the first place?
Years ago, nicotine was considered the No. 1 addictive substance. Now, according to one group of experts, nicotine shares the top five addictive substances along with heroin, alcohol, cocaine and barbiturates. I am no less concerned regarding the impact of nicotine or other substitute ingredients used in e-cigarettes.
The pretty devices and variety of flavors are a way of sprinkling glitter on something to entice the young. I am urging our city councilors, who we elect, to consider all ages in their decisions, to come together for the safety of our youth. They are the future of our city.
HOA stimulus checks – we didn’t wait for Congress
Recently our Home Owners Association (HOA) met via Zoom to discuss some of our typical topics, such as fees, open space upkeep, roads, and rules for yard cleanliness, etc.
Prior to our meeting, I was watching a news program that was discussing when and if stimulus checks were going to be sent out by the government. At that moment it dawned on me that we don’t always need to rely on the government for our well being. We can also help ourselves and each other. With that thought and as president or our HOA, I went and looked at our account balance and our upcoming expenses. It was obvious that we had a surplus in our HOA account.
That night at our HOA meeting I purposed that we cut each member a check for $500 to help with bills, food, and misc. expenses that were happening because of the pandemic. Everyone unanimously agreed with the proposal (not something you see in Congress), and checks were delivered the next day.
It is a satisfying moment when we look creatively at the problems that surround us and find ways to band together and support each other in tough times. HOAs are often seen as unfeeling organizations that dictate to but not necessarily support their members. I was proud that our HOA was able to support it members just as our members support our HOA.
High tech, media tending toward fascism?
In the 1930s as Adolph Hitler’s Nazis were gaining control of Germany, they staged something known as “book burnings” to suppress or simply eliminate any ideas contrary to their own propaganda.
In today’s United States, I am wondering if we are having the same scenario, albeit in a high tech way as the mavens of Silicon Valley have partnered with a complicit media to prohibit opinions and even simple news stories from being disseminated through their platforms. And they have disallowed many users of social media outlets from corresponding with their “followers.”
Are we today tending toward the same fascism that the “Greatest Generation” so bravely conquered and eliminated from the earth — we thought permanently — at tremendous cost of blood and treasure just 76 years ago?