Letters 5/26/2022

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Re: ‘The victim penalty’

I just wanted to reach out to you and say that I have no proper words to express my immense gratitude to Boulder Weekly for telling my story (News, ‘The victim penalty,’ Feb. 24, 2022). After 15 years of not being heard, even being given the opportunity to tell my story was cathartic. Since the article was published, CU Boulder contacted me and will (hopefully soon) be canceling my debt to them. They also changed my final semester’s grades from F’s to W’s. Fingers crossed, I should be able to receive a transcript from them, without paying anything over and above the usual transcript fee.

I had been put in a prison of sorts by the school, and when I finally get my transcript, those chains will have been lifted. I feel like I have been given my life back. This couldn’t have happened without Boulder Weekly, and I will always and ever be thankful. My hope had already been that things had changed for young female students at that school, but I can attest that, with your help, they finally changed for me.

Kristin Vietti 

CU South defies need for carbon reduction

Despite the severity of drought in Colorado and the United Nation’s announcement of the necessity of immediate global carbon reduction, the University of Colorado-Boulder stubbornly continues to pursue its expansion into South Boulder. This is either simple-minded ego flexing or perhaps a revelation that there is an economic necessity for the project to go forward. A retired professor told me years ago that new buildings were being financed by the income from earlier construction, a business model based on real estate acquisition that has little to do with education. CU has become a corporate real estate tycoon with environmental goals, such as achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, that are pure green wash hog wash. It is hard to take that wiser thinking seems so absent in an institution of higher learning. 

Robert Porath/Boulder

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