You Guys Are Awesome
Thank you so much for mentioning Left Hand grange No. 9 in the ‘Old Town Niwot’ article (“Check Out Niwot,” August 2007). We greatly appreciate the publicity.
—Dorinda Dembroski, Left Hand Grange No 9
I wanted to thank you for the nice article about Niwot in this new issue and for the special plug you gave my store! I think it’s time you came out for a visit to shop, and pick something out for yourself on me to show my gratitude!
—Rockin’ Robin, Niwot
Editor’s Note: Ah shucks, we’re flattered our new feature exploring North Metro downtowns was such a hit, although we don’t take freebies for our work. Our picks for this feature are based on unbiased opinions we gather during our field trips to the areas. We went to Old Town Lafayette this month; check it out here.
Here’s My Tree-Huggin’ Scorecard
I just read your July editorial (“A Few Shades Shy of Green,” Opening Scene, July). Kudos for printing your personal environmental scorecard. I absolutely agree with the notion that most of us would love to reduce our impact on the environment if it just wasn’t so darned inconvenient—or expensive—or (my personal favorite) overwhelming.
I think sometimes we forget that we don’t have to boil the oceans, so to speak. We don’t have to fix everything all by ourselves all at once. Every little bit helps! The changes that you are making (carpooling, florescent bulbs, etc.) are an excellent example of this approach. It made me reflect on my own scorecard.
Like how I let the sprinkler run in the yard on hot days so the puppies don’t get overheated. Not a very good practice, but I do monitor it closely and turn it off frequently. I also treat them to all the ice cubes they can lick as a more environmentally friendly cooling technique. On the plus side, I also turn the water off when brushing my teeth, and I don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s full. I drive across town to recycle cardboard, and I have the biggest recycle bin on the block. I do drive an SUV, but I bought a TerraPass to help offset its carbon emissions. The bottom line is, I’m not a card-carrying tree hugger either, but I do what I can, and I’m aware of what I do on both sides of the scorecard.
Thanks for your time and attention. I can honestly say that I’m an avid fan of The Yellow Scene.
—Debra Jennings, Longmont
The Hemp Scene
I just read your article (“A Few Shades Shy of Green,” Opening Scene, July) and was impressed by your frank self-examination. My attention focused on the 65,000 copies per month of your magazine. That immediately brought to mind hemp. I am no expert on hemp and just recently started educating myself about it, however, it seems obvious to a layperson that the logging and paper industries wield their power to prevent legislation legalizing this amazing plant. It is a superior product to trees in every facet of agriculture, industry, economy and ecology. It specifically provides superior paper for printing. There are legal hemp products being used today on a limited basis, and they are safe and have no association with the use of drugs.
Here are some websites to investigate: http://www.naihc.org/
Perhaps you might be an example for change! I really don’t know why I’m writing you. This is the first time I have written anyone in the media about anything – and it’s the first time I’ve ever written or spoken about hemp.
I’m not even sure if your magazine could legally buy hemp paper here in Colorado, but maybe they can.
Cover It Up
Lose the trashy T-Bar ad. That’s the last time I let my 11-year-old daughter peruse The Yellow Scene. Yeah, I know ya need ad money wherever ya can get it, but it looked trashy.
Editor’s Note: T-Bar is just selling tasteful lingerie, and a kid playing at the city pool sees the same stuff.
It’s All A Cover Up
I agree Mr. Wrecking Ball (“Smokin Discussion,” Wrecking Ball, July). Keep the ban going, boycott all of the major fast food conglomerates from movies. Why stop there? Do you know the real reason Americans are angry? Go after the microwave food industry and the microwave industry. People need to know the truth about microwaves programming them. You mustn’t forget about the fluorescent lights! Fluorescent lights are programming you to use microwaves, the microwaves are programming you to smoke and eat and gorge yourself all the while making you angry from the constant agitation of food particles. Look at us all constantly at war for what? Nobody knows. It’s the microwaves and fluorescent lights constantly picking at our brains until we boil and start a war.