Water saving program has positive impact Re: Northglenn’s water-wise landscaping program returns. As a resident of Northglenn, I agree with bringing back the water-wise landscaping program. …
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As part of their 2018 CU Succeed International Relations class at Mountain Range High School in Thornton, lecturer Simon Maghakyan directed his students, high school juniors and members of the DECA program, to draft letters to the editor about local news topics.
Colorado Community Media is pleased to print those letters, half of them in the May 31 edition and the rest in upcoming editions.
We welcome everyone’s opinion. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, address and telephone number before 5 p.m. Friday.
Water saving program has positive impact
Re: Northglenn’s water-wise landscaping program returns. As a resident of Northglenn, I agree with bringing back the water-wise landscaping program.
Personally, this would impact me and my family because we are currently starting a garden in our yard and the water-wise landscaping program would consistently provide a source of water even in times of drought. Colorado has had a lack of water for the past year, where we have not been getting enough snow or rainfall.
Partnering with a nonprofit group is a great way to cost-efficiently help the citizens to conserve water. Drought-tolerant gardens will be very beneficial to residents in Northglenn and all over Colorado. This program has worked in the past by saving over “100 million gallons of water since the program started in 1997” so bringing it back will only make a positive impact.
Gabriella Pados, Mountain Range Junior
Just talking about bullying doesn’t stop it
As a student who has been on the receiving and delivering the end of bullying, I have witnessed bullying firsthand.
I disagree with the push to continue just talking about bullying. Ever since kindergarten, we’ve been told to not bully but it’s clear that doesn’t work. In many schools, especially in elementary, there are no repercussions for bullies. All that happens to them is they get told “don’t do that again”.
School systems have to move away from just using words and move into measurable accountability. The article Teach children how to stop bullying in ten seconds argues that to stop bullying we just have to talk about it.
While I agree that classrooms should never stop talking about bullying, I also believe further action is required.
Jose Andino, Mountain Range Junior
Teachers are underpaid
As a student in Adams 12, I agree with raising teacher salaries and support the peaceful protests to achieve it. For almost 12 years I have witnessed my teachers complain about not being paid enough for their very important jobs. Their jobs depend on opening the minds of students that will further their education and benefit our community in the future. Teachers are taken for granted by everyone, including students. Our community needs to open its eyes and realize that school teachers have some of the most important jobs out there.
Raising taxes to support teachers would only benefit everyone in the long term.
Victoria Buenrostro, Mountain Range Junior
Reservoir expansion welcome
As a teenager living in Colorado who supports economic growth but also a suitable environment, I recognize that more residents in Colorado is a good thing as long as there are restraints that allow the environment to thrive.
However, due to the large population spike of 3.3 million since 1970, the number of homes and construction sites that are being built are increasing and the areas reserved for nature are decreasing.
Therefore, the fact that an additional 20,000 acres of storage capacity for water is being constructed in the Chatfield State Park is welcome news. While many construction sites are caused by the large number of recent moves to Colorado, fracking, or just simply for industries, it is time we use construction to make a difference for the good, to preserve the natural beauty of Colorado.
Madelyn Waddell, Mountain Range Junior
Good program, poorly promoted
In the article “Jeffco youth help inform county’s efforts to become a community that cares” by Christy Steadman I undoubtedly agree that students in today’s society face many pressures brought upon by school, financial status and socially pressured situations.
Social pressures like drinking and smoking at a young age leads to three detrimental factors: suicide, depression and anxiety. The implementation of The Communities That Care program has proven results in decreasing violent behavior in students, but it is poorly advertised.
The target market of this program are teens and the youth so, why am I first hearing from this program now, during my late adolescence?
Cathy Nguyen, Mountain Range Junior
School stress is real
As a high school student, there is an underlying excitement of the school year ending; however, I agree that student stress strikes in May as finals and testing anxiety overcomes that joy.
Many of my friends have reported high-stress levels that strongly hurt their wellbeing and, traditionally, parents have underestimated what their kids are feeling. School districts don’t help either by adding more standardized tests as the years go by.
In this highly competitive society, youth are expected to work against others so that they can get into whatever college or job that the student had worked their whole lives for. The pressure to find success is stifling. With the end of this year, the increase of public attention focused on stress and the health hazards it can cause suicide, depression and anxiety — and should push parents and other adults to take their student’s stress more seriously.
Diana Nguyen, Mountain Range Junior
Do more to stop bullying
Talking about bullying is not enough. My nephew is nearly nine-years-old and ever since kindergarten, he has heard nothing but comments about his weight.
No matter what he or our family does (believe me, we’re doing a lot to help him), his weight loss is happening very slowly. I understand that you can’t just wave a magic wand and make all of this disappear.
I want to especially appeal to the Adams 12 Five Star school district: it takes more than just implementing an anti-bullying program. It takes actual action for kids to stop bullying.
My nephew has talked to his teachers, parents, friends and me about this issue but nothing much is being done. Those kids still pick on him. I understand that “kids will be kids”, but I don’t want my nephew to grow up hating himself because the rest of the world is against him.
Junelle Gabrielle Flores, Mountain Range Junior
Teachers are valuable
As a student, I agree that teachers should receive a higher pay.
Teachers contribute to our society by educating new generations of students. Not only do teachers teach the academic materialbut they help students learn intangible characteristics such as patience, respect, and resourcefulness.
The job strips freedom away from teachers by forcing them to work outside of school. In addition to the normal eight hour working days, teachers spend time at home planning and grading papers. My AP English Language teacher spends a majority of her weekends grading long essay papers while adding personalized comments and methods of development.
This limits teachers’ ability to live an after-school life and the teacher’s ability to expand their social network.
Without teachers, the foundation of education wouldn’t be as advanced and society wouldn’t progress into a greater and more developed world. For this reason, I believe that there needs to be a change in the teacher to school system and salaries given to teachers.
Samuel Kwon, Mountain Range Junior
State breastfeeding support a good thing
As a former child who was never breastfed, I agree with the article “Breastfeeding guidance, support offered at Baby Cafe.”
Support for breastfeeding is rare to find in the United States, which is why I’m glad that Colorado is showing support through the new Baby Cafe. While I was abroad in the U.K., I noticed many of the Baby Cafes that were mentioned in this article. These cafes are important for new moms because many public places do not allow breastfeeding, which is inconvenient to mothers trying to feed their child.
This article is a great way to inform mothers that they can finally find a community of other families that are supportive of breastfeeding.
Elizabeth Dunlap, Mountain Range Junior
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