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Guest column: Capitol Letters — Flurry of bills introduced in Legislature's opening week

Guest column: Capitol Letters — Flurry of bills introduced in Legislature's opening week

With 221 new bills (and more to come) there should be something for everyone. But today let’s look at some bills that could be especially meaningful to Longmont.
Guest opinion: Moving forward for the common good

Guest opinion: Moving forward for the common good

"When we politicize our every action to such an extent, such as with one group advocating following pandemic rules and another deliberately ignoring them to signal their freedom and independence, we have a societal collapse and the destruction of our common resources." 
Guest opinion: Should housing be a right?

Guest opinion: Should housing be a right?

Since the 1950s there has been varying recognition of the need for governments to provide extremely low-cost or subsidized housing. This need has been addressed piecemeal, with different levels of government taking different parts of the responsibility. There were spectacular failures, but we are getting better at it. Longmont is working on it.
Guest opinion: Starting with the truth to find a way forward

Guest opinion: Starting with the truth to find a way forward

"It is healthy and good in a democracy for diverse people, parties and factions to have different goals. Democracy functions by debate and compromise, allowing society to adapt to the changing needs and wants of the public. But for public discourse to be meaningful and effective, there must be a basis of facts against which to test our differences and find areas of agreement."
Inside the Ballot Box: Prop 118 seeks to create family leave insurance program

Inside the Ballot Box: Prop 118 seeks to create family leave insurance program

Proposition 118 provides a wage support insurance program for Colorado workers that would provide 12 weeks of paid leave funded via a payroll deduction.
Inside the Ballot Box: Repeal Gallagher with Amendment B

Inside the Ballot Box: Repeal Gallagher with Amendment B

"Even in ordinary times, I would still be for repeal, because I believe in public education and public service, and that local government is essential in people’s lives. But these are not ordinary times, and we mustn’t let ideological considerations overwhelm the very practical necessity of simply holding society together."
Inside the Ballot Box: Diving in to reasons to support Ballot Question 3C

Inside the Ballot Box: Diving in to reasons to support Ballot Question 3C

Ballot Question 3C seeks voter approval for a bond issue to fund water system infrastructure upgrades.
Inside the Ballot Box: Bringing it close to home with Longmont Ballot Question 3D

Inside the Ballot Box: Bringing it close to home with Longmont Ballot Question 3D

Charter amendment on ballot as Question 3D extends the city’s options for leasing property.
Inside the Ballot Box: Proposition EE raises taxes on tobacco products

Inside the Ballot Box: Proposition EE raises taxes on tobacco products

Proposition EE was referred to the ballot by the 2020 General Assembly
Inside the Ballot Box: C is for charity

Inside the Ballot Box: C is for charity

Constitutional Amendment C, which was referred to the ballot by the state Legislature, would change the age requirements for charities able to conduct charitable gaming and would allow them to pay those who help with such games.