Lafayette’s first Poet Laureate; Chautauqua seeks board members; consider climate change as a cause of fire; young skiers must ski safely; sensational headlines mislead


Doug Conarroe: Lafayette: Misinformation Regarding Poet Laureate

I hate to tell the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and Lafayette Mayor JD Mangat, but ZBassSpeaks isn’t Lafayette’s first Poet Laureate.

The earliest mention of a Lafayette Poet Laureate is in a 1908 Lafayette News, in which the editor describes William “Billy” Crawford, president of Union Local 1388 and fire chief at the Capitol Mine to the east de Lafayette, as the “poet” of the city. laureate.”

Allie (Orton) Flint was Lafayette’s first official poetess, recognized with honor in 1947. She earned a degree in nursing and moved to Lafayette in 1908. Flint’s poems graced the columns of the Lafayette Leader for over a decade, starting around 1950. .

A City of Lafayette walking tour brochure titled “Women of Impact” — published in 1998 and available today on the city’s website — details the story of Flint and the home she owned at 613 Dounce St. The pamphlet states that Flint was “elected (Poet Laureate) by acclamation in November 1947.” Flint died in 1964.

I’m happy for ZBassSpeaks and appreciate their artistic and storytelling skills. And I’m not trying to diminish their success.

But the city that bestows such an honor requires prior research.

As Emily Dickinson wrote, “Yesterday is history, it’s so far.” Except when it comes to the story of Lafayette and the story of its poet laureates.

All it takes is a phone call to the Lafayette Historical Society.

Doug Conarroe


Peter Spear: Chautauqua: Trustees Now Accepting Applications to Join the Board

The Colorado Chautauqua Board of Directors is now accepting applications for board positions.

Board members are appointed for three-year terms, with the next term commencing in September. There are approximately eight to ten board meetings per year, and board members are encouraged to serve on at least one board committee.

Applications must be submitted before June 1 and announcements are made at the end of July.

Nomination forms are available on the governance page of the Chautauqua website at Please direct questions to Peter Spear, [email protected]

Peter Spear

Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Colorado Chautauqua Board of Directors


Robert Lynn: Marshall Fire: See Climate Change as a Cause, Not an Untended Open Space

Recently, officials looked at a long-lived smoldering coal mine and human activity as possible causes of the Marshall Fire.

On April 7, the camera reported that the Boulder County Board of Review recommended that we spend (an unspecified amount) dollars fireproofing our homes.

A board member reportedly said, “Boulder invested a huge amount of money in buying open space, and it was all that open space that set the communities on fire.”

Not a single mention of climate change, but the advice certainly seems to indicate that the Marshall Fire traveled to Superior and Louisville via the unguarded open space of Boulder County and not climate change.

Robert Lynn


Connor Dunn: Skiing accidents: College-aged skiers need to take safety precautions

Eldora Mountain was home to five ski-related deaths in 2021, according to the camera.

Skiing can quickly become dangerous. US ski accident statistics report that annual ski accidents have increased by more than 50% since 2012.

Few changes have taken place to prevent future deaths. If people are allowed to ski, then we have to establish safety rules.

Requiring young adults to take an educational course, mandating the wearing of helmets, and requiring minors to be supervised by an adult are strategies to reduce injuries.

One of the obstacles is the ski industry itself.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the ski industry is funding research to fight safety precautions and fight new mandates. We’ve seen it with headsets, with stations battling their effectiveness.

In the mountains, college-aged children tend to be the most dangerous. According to the Wall Street Journal, these 18-21 year olds are responsible for more than half of ski injuries. They are less likely to see helmets as an important safety measure, even though they pose a higher risk of injury.

Young adults are also the most likely to take risks to impress their friends. When college-aged kids go to the mountains, they tend to go with their friends. They are more reckless, have less experience and are a near miss.

Banning students from skiing could greatly improve safety, but Eldora’s mountains are a great source of happiness for students on weekends.

Many, myself included, are drawn to college here to ski. Skiing gives you a mix of excitement, adrenaline and a sense of freedom as you slice through the snow like a sharp knife.

However, it is the skier’s responsibility to know their limits and protect themselves. College-aged people have continually provided a reasonable logic that they would put themselves and those around them at risk.

College students should not be allowed on the slopes unless we implement safety measures.

Connor Dunn

University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business studying finance and real estate

Alexandria, Virginia

Diana Shepard: News: Sensational Headlines Mislead Readers

You’ve done it again, inaccurate and sensationalized titles inconsistent with the related story content. Stop that!

A headline from April 14 read, “Area soil test shows metals and asbestos within safe ranges,” implying that asbestos was found in Boulder County soils.

The related article, however, said: “No asbestos was detected at any of the test sites.” A very different result!

I often notice this type of attempt when trying to grab readers’ attention with inaccurate headlines in the Daily Camera.

It’s a disservice to report the truth. What if a reader only had time to skim the titles? They end up with a false narrative. Stop that!

Diana Shepard



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