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You should be proud

(Re: “Victory! Boulder Weekly investigation ends the practice of shackling inmates in labor,” cover story, June 3.) Thank you for your efforts to outlaw the shackling of female prisoners during labor and delivery. It sounds as though, with only one vote against the measure, this was something that conservatives and liberals alike agreed upon. With the current ideological hostility and poor quality of discourse in this country, it is encouraging to see us all come together to fight for what’s right. Give me more of this and less bickering and complaining any day! What you have accomplished should be celebrated. My wife is an obstetrician, and was very pleased to hear that shackling delivering patients has been outlawed. Her job is difficult and dangerous enough as it is, and literally putting a lock between her and the ability to perform certain emergency maneuvers is dangerous for the mother and her child. Thanks to your efforts, this will not be a problem in Colorado anymore.

With all that we provide prisoners, it is wonderful to finally be able to provide them both safety and dignity during childbirth. If rehabilitation is one of the aims of confinement, it seems a poor practice to remind a woman of her troubled status in one of the most incredibly human of all moments.

No more! Thank you for advancing the cause of mercy in the world.

An increasingly loyal reader, Justin Freeman/Boulder

Stop, you morons!

(Re: “Climbing Colorado’s couloirs,” Elevation, June 3.) Good lord. Would you morons stop with your “Elevation” series before you get someone killed? As if “Doing the Dog” (Elevation, May 6) wasn’t bad enough, you go and publish the aforementioned article. First off, if someone doesn’t even know what a couloir is, then they sure as hell don’t have any business attempting to climb one. Couloir routes almost always require route-finding, and so before someone progresses to that aspect of mountaineering, they should be fairly experienced in at least hiking the high peaks and route-finding, which entails being able to actually name geographic features.

To suggest that a person can just read a short article about mountaineering and go jump in is asinine. Yes, the article does mention seeking some additional training but, at least in my opinion, the overall tone of this article (as it was with “Doing the Dog”) is that any jackass can go buy some gear and become an overnight mountaineer or backcountry skier. Again, if you don’t even know what skins or ski crampons are, then you have a long ways to go in your BC training before you are ready for couloir descents.

In the future, you
might want to verify the current status of a referenced site before you
mention them in an article. The Colorado Avalanch Information Center
(CAIC) stopped reporting for the season three days before your article
ran. Furthermore, as great as the CAIC’s services are if you haven’t
taken an avy course or completed the equivalent self study, then the
information provided on their website is minimally useful, at best, and
potentially dangerous, at worst. Misunderstanding the information
presented or not appreciating the scale of the info can easily lull
someone into a false sense of security. Also, the CAIC switches to a
truncated statewide forecast/report during the prime couloir climbing
season, and even the more detailed reports the CAIC provides in the
winter cannot compensate for micro terrain management skills.

you even aware of the cornicetriggered avalanche accident near Aspen
that occurred only days before your article came out? Or how about the
two avalanche-related deaths in Alaska that occurred on Memorial Day?

Skywalker as a good intermediate choice is ridiculous. I would love to
see a guidebook that lists 60-degree snow as intermediate.

Jay Monnahan/via Internet

At least the pot is local

Suppose that half, or
even more than half, of the people who purchase medical marijuana don’t
really need it for medical reasons. That means that they are not buying
their marijuana from drug dealers who get their marijuana via the
Mexican drug cartels.

And it also means
that they are not buying their marijuana from drug dealers who also
sell other, much more dangerous drugs, like meth, heroin and cocaine.
Drug dealers often offer their marijuana customers free samples of the
much more dangerous drugs.

marijuana consumers would prefer to buy locally grown marijuana of
known quality, known purity and known potency. But if they can’t, they
buy black market marijuana.

Kirk Muse/Mesa, Ariz.

Ashamed of you

I had to assume that
the thought behind publishing “The mind of a murderer” cover and inside
story (May 27) was to illuminate the psychosis of someone in distress
and offer support. I did not find that to be the driving force in the
article. It seemed more like a “clever” opposing angle, and a way for
Boulder Weekly to sensationalize this crime.

I could think of 400
other ways to get your point across. I just think it was in bad taste,
and I am kind of ashamed of your publication.

It is one thing to be contrary, but quite another to be dark.

I do hope in the future you will reconsider this kind of angle in your publication.

Jodi Feinhor-Dennis/Boulder

Correcting Danish, again

(Re: “What hath BP found?” Danish Plan, June 3.) Once more I need to correct Paul Danish on a simple matter of physics.

Paul is under the
impression that the Macondo gusher may point to a very large oil field.
But the speed and volume of flow at the broken wellhead has nothing to
do with the size of the reservoir.

It’s a function of pressure, which is a function of depth.

local oil geologist tells me that at the 18,000-foot depth of the
Macondo bore, oil pressure is roughly 8,000 pounds per square inch. It
may be a large reservoir (BP thinks it is, or it wouldn’t have spent
the money to drill there) or it may be small — but that doesn’t make it
a gusher. Depth does.

Seth Masia/Boulder

Paul missed two darker possibilities if BP struck a really huge find.

nobody knows how big and how pressurized the find is. What if the
relief wells also blow out because it’s the highest-pressure find ever?
“Oillicanes” and toxic rain — reported in central Texas and Florida —
could devastate large portions of the country.

if it drives down the cost of gas in the U.S., then people will drive
like crazy, driving climate change even faster. Right after Drill,
Baby, Drill comes Burn, Baby, Burn.

doubt a huge find would end the oil wars, though. Many have observed
it’s not so much that we want extra oil in Iraq and Afghanistan as the
power over it to control China, India, etc.

Evan Ravitz/via Internet

Israel and the flotilla

The deadly
confrontation between the Israeli military and activists off of Gaza’s
coast should not be turned into another stale debate between “pro-” and
“anti-” Israel activists. Rather, we should use this moment to ask what
can be done to improve the situation.

At the root of this
disaster is the effort to restrict the flow of people and goods to
Gaza. This effort was initiated by Israel (and supported by the Bush
administration) after Hamas came to power. This policy failed to
improve Israeli security. Nor did it weaken Hamas. It is time for the
Obama administration to show leadership on this issue.

should work with the international community — including Egypt, Israel
and the Palestinian Authority — to create a new security regime for
Gaza. Mechanisms that guarantee Israel’s security needs — like crossing
points monitored to prevent arms smuggling by international forces —
are possible. What is needed is the political courage to admit failure
and to try a new path.

Lorraine Kirk/Nederland

again Israel is being condemned for defending itself against Islamists
who wish Israel harm. The people on board the ships from Turkey to
Israel were prepared for martyrdom when they left Turkey. There are
reports that they were singing martyrdom songs. Israel does and should
have the right to make sure there were no weapons headed for Hamas. The
people on board these ships were well-armed and were prepared to attack
a boarding party. When, if ever, will nations of the world, especially
of the West, accept Israel’s right to self defense as a nation and as a
people. The convoy of “aid ships” were sent by “the Muslim brotherhood”
in disguise. Israel allows one hundred semi trucks/trailers every day
into Gaza loaded with food, clothing, building materials etc. Israel
supplies the people of Gaza electricity and fuel. Gaza’s market places
are filled with fresh foods and fruits and other foodstuffs. The people
of Gaza are not going hungry as some would have the world believe. The
convoy was an act of war not an act of peace or charity.

Fred Nadel/Westminster

Meat, dairy bad

As global population
surges toward 9.1 billion people by 2050, Western diets rich in meat
and dairy products will become unsustainable, according to a United
Nations Environment Program’s report released recently.

The report was
prepared by the International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management,
drawing on dozens of smaller studies. It notes that agricultural
production accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent
of land use and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

panel concludes that, just as fossil fuels will be gradually replaced
by renewable, pollution-free energy sources like wind and solar power,
meat and dairy products in the world’s diet will need to be replaced by
vegetables, fruits and grains. Both shifts are absolutely necessary to
reduce production of greenhouse gases and consumption of natural
resources and to ensure planetary survival into the foreseeable future.

Americans, we have a special obligation to lead the rest of the world
in a healthful diet of vegetables, fruits and grains — a diet designed
to prevent global starvation, while protecting our natural environment
and safeguarding personal health.

Stanley Silver/Boulder

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