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Marcia Martin

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Capitol Letters: Aspirations vs execution on climate change

Capitol Letters: Aspirations vs execution on climate change

Governor Polis created a lot of buzz among climate activists by threatening to veto a bill that’s not even out of committee
Capitol Letters: Passage of Senate bill would mark step toward improving juvenile justice

Capitol Letters: Passage of Senate bill would mark step toward improving juvenile justice

"The bill would establish an official category of diversion that is pre-arrest. That’s really important."
Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

"In this time of hyper-partisanship, HB21-1139 makes a good parable about participatory democracy. It is a matter that can be discussed by a diverse group civilly, and on which people can question each other without rancor and even change their minds. It’s a good reminder that we don’t have all the answers."
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.