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Rights of landowners and ditch companies; SAFE profile; publish COVID-19 data daily; urgent climate message; hire another good editor

Bob Poley: Property Rights: Landowners, Ditch Companies and Property Rights

Regarding the ‘Big and Powerful Ditch Companies’, printed April 23: Carrie Dalton says she has no control over the ditch that crosses her property. She bought her property nine years ago.

The Boulder County ditches were formed between 1859 and 1872. So the ditch across her property was formed 141 or more years before she purchased her property.

The moat is a form of real estate owned by the shareholders of the moat company. Across the United States and in Western countries, property rights stand tall. The rights to the ditch company were in place 141 years before Mrs. Dalton bought her house. She owns the property crossed by the ditch, but not the ditch.

The property laws protecting the rights to the ditches are the same property laws that protect his rights to his house. Ditch rights are not independent of all government agencies, nor are its property rights.

The man said he was going to clean up the ditch. It is illegal for the ditch company to dispose of old trees on its property.

As soon as possible, the ditch company would have properly removed the old trees. If the ditch man had put the old trees on Mrs. Dalton’s property (outside the ditch easement), the sheriff or city police, upon request, would have ordered the ditch company to remove old trees.

The man told Ms. Dalton that the ditch easement is 50 feet wide. It’s probably true.

There is no “handshake” in the laws, and they are not archaic. The legislature is responsible for changing laws to meet current conditions.

But Ms. Dalton’s property rights are firm.

The same applies to the property rights of the ditch company.

Bob Poley

Shareholder of Farmers Ditch


Sean Collins: Post Reddit: Daily Camera Should Profile SAFE

In an April 13 Camera article, an organization called SAFE — Safe Access for Everyone — alleged that a Reddit user was actually a police officer from the University of Colorado.

This was ostensibly “proven” through a photo that was posted to the account. The elaborate smear campaign against this officer is caricatural in its sophistication.

Now this officer is on leave, his online reputation is permanently distorted, and he may have to resign and move for his own safety. Admittedly, the campaign of harassment has only just begun.

All because of unsubstantiated allegations. There was no due process. This officer did not have the opportunity to face his accuser or respond to the charges.

And who is SAFE, and what is their program? Their Twitter account is full of anarchist, anti-capitalist, anti-cop rage. Some might call it hate.

Some may remember how they laughed at fallen Boulder police officer Eric Talley a year ago, while others mourned him a hero.

People from SAFE distribute free tents so that people can camp downtown. They claim it’s out of compassion for the less fortunate. But when community members are harassed or threatened while passing these tent sites, or have their bikes stolen, or stand in the way of the disastrous ransacking of public spaces? No mercy. On the contrary, they are mocked by calling them NIMBY.

If the Daily Camera is going to cite SAFE as a legitimate organization that seeks to improve the community, it should do an appropriate profile, using members’ real names and objectively examining the group’s methods and goals. Scrape below the surface one inch.

Instead, the camera naively allows an anonymous fringe group to dictate its news content.

Sean Collins


Laura Ferenc: COVID-19: Back to daily data publication

The Boulder Daily Camera fails to alert us to the growing danger of COVID-19 transmission in our community.

Immunocompromised people, cancer survivors and other vulnerable people rely on accurate public health information when making life-and-death decisions every day.

The camera has not included COVID data since early March. Your recent news articles have also ignored the current state of COVID transmission.

The Boulder County Public Health website on April 20 showed a case rate of 130 per 100,000 for the seven days through April 19, very high, according to the Department of Public Health and Environment. from Colorado. The one-week incidence map on the CDPHE website agrees, placing Boulder County in very high transmission for COVID.

I urge you to restart the daily release of COVID data – especially now that the county is in very high transmission. A news article highlighting high and climbing transmission would be even better.

Laura Ferenc


Johann Robbins: Wynn Bruce: The message on the climate crisis is urgent

I knew Wynn Bruce. He was a frequent volunteer at our local Ecodharma center, where I am a teacher and leader, and held many meditation retreats there.

Wynn was a loving and enthusiastic person who did not act or speak in any way to indicate he was suicidal. He never asked or discussed his plan, so there was no way for anyone to anticipate or intercede in his action, which we would have tried to stop in any way possible.

Wynn was deeply frustrated with the insufficient global response to the climate crisis, and he made a choice that I neither understand nor condone.

Having done what he did, I can only hope it helps us wake up to the progressive self-immolation we all participate in as a society.

The climate crisis is a fact whose consequences we are increasingly experiencing everywhere on a daily basis. In Boulder (all of the West), our “fire season” now lasts 12 months a year and is likely to get worse.

The sadness I feel at the thought of losing Wynn is only amplified by the urgency of the message he was trying to convey.

John Robbins


Barrie Hartman: Opinion Editor: Do it again, Al – hire another good editor

The departure of Julie Marshall as the camera’s opinion writer is a blow.

But give camera editor Al Manzi a round of applause for appointing Julie to the job a year ago. He obviously knows what it takes to publish a respected and trustworthy opinion section.

Let’s hope he works his magic again and can find an editor with the kind of passion, compassion, sense of fairness, and clarity of observation and persuasion that Julie provided.

Why this is so important is because Boulder is not just Any Town, USA; it’s Unique Town, USA, and deserves a local newspaper that brings the difference to life.

Happy hunting, Mr. Editor.

barrie hartmann