Opinion: Chuck Wibby: Stop lying to us
Last week, desperate for a COVID shot, a number of Boulder residents traveled to Colorado Springs to a Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE)-approved vaccination clinic called the Dr. Moma Health and Wellness Clinic. Imagine their surprise when the CDPHE held a press conference announcing that they had been forced to shut down Dr. Moma’s. The clinic was closed because, take your pick, the facility a) did not properly store vaccine shipments in freezers or b) they did not even have a freezer or c) they simply did not failed to properly document at what temperature they stored the vaccine.
During the press conference, a CPDHE official was asked by a KRDO reporter whether or not the clinic had been inspected as required by state regulations before they received their vaccine shipment. The answer was hard to believe: “I don’t have this information at the moment”. Is that so? Were you surprised that someone asked you this question? Follow-up questions also went unanswered, citing “an ongoing investigation”. Worse yet, right after the press conference, the CDPHE quietly changed its own requirements for a pre-site inspection by adding the words “if necessary” to the requirement. So instead of being able to be honest about the problem that caused this clinic to shut down, how big is the problem for the nearly 4,000 people who have visited Dr Moma, or if others state clinics have not. been inspected, the state lied to us by omission, changed the regulations to cover up their mistake, and obviously hope we don’t care about that in a week or two.
The second example of distorting the truth was a “community” panel organized by the local League of Women Voters on Boulder County’s continuing efforts to build an industrial-scale composting facility. The panel was anything but representative of the community. The League of Women Voters chose to include only those who would directly benefit from a county-run composting plant. It was so bad that a presentation by A-1 Composting included a video ad on A-1 with “testimonials” about the beauty of the business. But things took a quick turn from the truth when Dan Matsch, director of Eco-Cycle’s Compost department, said this time around it would be helpful for people to visit similar facilities currently in operation to allay fears that this operation stinks to paradise and at the end. pollute nearby groundwater. Matsch is well aware that nowhere in the world is there a “similar” facility functioning as she would like to do in Boulder County. Stop with the deceptive lies about the beauty of this thing and instead try to address the genuine concerns of the citizens regarding the raw materials you are offering for the compost plant, the size of the thing, the location, the impact on them. residents of eastern Boulder County, etc. ., etc… To begin with, try to reduce the installation to accept only garden waste and food waste. The problem with a facility that accepts millions of pounds of animal manure and human biosolids each year is that you end up with a compost plant that just shouldn’t be located in Boulder County.
Compare these dances with the truth to a Wall Street Journal article last Saturday titled “The Aviation Safety Revolution.” It’s a long read on how government regulators, industry experts, and pilot unions all came together to design a new system to reduce the number of commercial aircraft crashes in the United States. . The plan they drew up demanded full transparency on the part of everyone involved in the construction, piloting or air traffic control of commercial aircraft. And yes, the article deals with the recent Boeing 737 MAX crashes abroad. Every mistake, every near collision, every design flaw had to be reported in exchange for the promise that anything that was revealed by itself would not result in heavy fines or punishments. The result is that “over the past 12 years, American airlines have accomplished an astonishing feat; carrying more than eight billion passengers without fatal accidents. The article continued “The promise of the approach was best summed up by Nick Sabatini,” a senior FAA security official. Sabatini continually preached to those affected by the changes, “data will set you free.” “
Perhaps it is time for our local government and our quasi-officials to come to a similar deal. Those of us who pay our wages are not our enemies. Not only can we “deal with the truth”, but we have constructive ideas and suggestions to make. Stop trying to fix problems for us. Try to solve the problems with us.