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Columns

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”
    — Woodrow Wilson

    I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.
    That might have been an under-reaction. The conservative majority’s true colors came to light last week with the announcement that an obviously politicized curriculum review committee would be appointed by the board.

  • Trails plan puts Evergreen on right path

    By Greg Dobbs

    As long as I’ve lived in Evergreen, and that’s 28 years now, there has been an upside and a downside to being unincorporated. The upside is simple to see: We don’t have an additional layer of government, nor do we bear the costs of one. There are so many generous, committed, civic-minded citizens and nonprofits here that we don’t usually need a mayor or a council.

  • Tenacious architect built a legacy

    With less than 20 days left in the legislative session, all I think about is what needs to be accomplished by May 7. So, when my father called last week to tell me that my 79-year-old mother was in the hospital in Wyoming suffering from bronchitis, a nasty gastronomic virus and acute renal failure — I was snapped back to reality.

  • Board, teachers must be reasonable

    Impasse!

    It’s a word that hardly sounds positive when it comes to a negotiation. And yet, it is what the teachers union declared last week before walking out on negotiations for a new contract with the Jefferson County Board of Education.

    Not to be the eternal optimist, but designation of an impasse may be just what the doctor ordered, as it will lead to designation of a mediator between two groups that seem to have little trust for each other in a possible standoff where there’s plenty of blame to go around.

  • Open meetings, closed governments; I’m beat

    Say what you will about Littleton resident Carol Brzeczek — just say it in public.

    Brzeczek has been fighting the good fight for open government as a member of the “Sunshine Boys,” a grassroots organization which last fall spearheaded a successful citizen initiative that restricts the Littleton City Council’s ability to disappear behind closed doors to make public policy.

  • Legislators racing to the finish line

    They’re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.
    The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we’ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.

  • Gerou served district with distinction

    When Cheri Gerou hangs it up as our state representative at the end of the year, we’ll owe her a gigantic debt of gratitude for six very good years.

  • Farewell to politics: The ‘fields’ beckon

    By Cheri Gerou
    In 1783, officers of the Continental and French armies founded our nation’s oldest patriotic organization: Society of the Cincinnati. Central to its purpose was the philosophy of a Roman, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (519-430 B.C.), who left his farm to accept a term as Roman consul and served as magister populi (with temporary powers akin to a modern-era dictator).

  • Access to information nurtures democracy

    By Jeffrey A. Roberts
    “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
    Louis Brandeis wrote these words a century ago, before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, to note the power of publicity as a cure for “social and industrial diseases” like the inequities fostered by the corporate monopolies of his time.

  • State now ground zero in battle for Senate

    Talk about a game changer!