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Letters to the editor of up to 250 words may be sent to the Coloradoan at or submitted online at Submissions should include the writer’s address and phone number. Punting on renewable goals is shortsighted, selfish

Using "reasonable cost" as a measure of how and when Fort Collins attains these renewable energy goals is both shortsighted and selfish. Will future generations, dealing with the repercussions of a warmer climate, flooded coasts, and who knows what other calamities that have come about, agree that our reasons for how much we spent in 2018 were wise?

Rather than shrink from our responsibilities, thereby ignoring the best scientific advice, our affluent, university-centered community should be leading the way, making ourselves an example for other cities to emulate, setting aggressive goals and sticking with them.

But first we must realize that the enemy is us and our tendency to be penny wise but pound foolish. The country didn’t back down on its commitment in the 1960s — we spent the money, did the work and got it done. Let’s learn from the past to help us save the future.

The Coloradoan editorial on May 20 said Fort Collins is not yet ready to go 100 percent renewable, but we must be ready to start solving the technical issues. The $11 million FortZED Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration project pointed out the work that must be done to allow high renewables penetration on the city’s grid.

However, lots of big batteries are already here in Fort Collins, more every day, and are off balance sheet to the utility as they are standard in electric vehicles. There are many operating examples of electric vehicles networked in a vehicle to grid configuration, V2G, to upload their batteries into the grid to stabilize the system, smooth out intermittent renewables and cap the peaks that are spiking time of use rates in Fort Collins.

Platte River Power Authority is in the process of buying a large wind resource that on windy days cannot find a market for its output, which can even have a negative value, but the energy could be stored in an electric vehicle fleet and transferred on peak use instead of taking the loss on surplus wind.

A V2G project in Denmark is already operating well. The Danish power grid is the world’s most advanced and much of the innovative engineering was done by a Fort Collins company, Spirae. A V2G study of local vehicles harnessed by local engineers deserves funding.

When do citizens have an obligation to refer individuals suspected of mental illness to the public health authorities? This question often arises in the context of the debate on gun control, but it is also a question prompted by submissions to your newspaper. To wit, Gessler’s comments alleging that Spc. Gabriel Conde died a martyr “for the fascist dream of oil dominance”. Conde died in Afghanistan. I am not aware that Afghanistan is a major oil producer or exporter — on my several visits there, I did not see a single derrick.

Furthermore, Gessler suggests that Conde was “lead to believe” (he) would best serve his country at an outpost occupying a foreign country…” Lead to believe by whom? Those naughty fascists? Perhaps it isn’t so much Gessler as it is a question of judgment on the part of the Coloradoan. That is, why must you require that your readership wade through this incoherent rambling?

Then there is the question of good taste. “Promising American life wasted.” I’m sure Conde’s family enjoyed reading this. But I do not presume to speak for his family. I speak for myself, and I found Gessler’s insensitive and spectacularly stupid remarks to be deeply offensive.

Why didn’t the board called this simple, isolated incident what it really was? Pure and simple racism in my judgement. We, as a Country, after a Civil War, The Civil Rights Act, Affirmative Action, etc., do not seem to accept the fact that racism still plagues our society. Let us begin by agreeing on this fact. Excuses and trite remarks only cover up the issue.

Take a look at our movies, TV, news, and reality shows. How often do you see young men described as quiet, wearing hoodies and standing away from others as bad? How about the constant barrage of being aware of who is around and their actions that seem suspicious? How about if you don’t feel comfortable your supposed to call 911?

All of this came into play. I don’t believe there was any intentional racism or bigotry by anyone here. Just what has been ingrained into us from so many sources and in particular from the political situation since 2016. So the questions for those who are blaming Colorado State University, the tour leader and the mother I ask what should they have done?

Is CSU Police Department supposed to ignore a 911 call? How was the tour leader supposed to know what was going on without being informed of the situation when it was happening? If you were in the mother’s place and felt unsafe what would your reaction be and what would you do?

On Valentine’s Day, parents across Fort Collins received emails informing us our children had been in a lockdown drill at roughly the same time that 17 children were being killed in Florida. As per drill instructions, my daughter had to process advice such as: “If running to safety is not an option, then hide to keep yourself safe. And if you must fight to save your life, fight with all your might, using anything within reach as a weapon.”

These months later, the desperation has grown, the energy waned. She has already protested, marched, written letters, made calls, and put advocacy ahead of more youthful activities. Sometimes my heart cracks; this is not what we hoped for our children.

Let’s not abandon them. One tangible, practical action would be to have the Fort Collins City Council follow Boulder’s lead and introduce a bill that would immediately ban assault rifles and bump stocks. We cannot wait for our nation’s policy to change — though that’s indeed necessary — but again must set an example locally. I have been proud of our City Council for being proactive and wise, and I ask that they lead the way again.