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Columns

  • Bergen traffic light critical to pedestrian safety

    By Rocky Graziano

  • For Coloradans, a day for giving

    Now that we’re into the holiday season and near the end of the year, many Coloradans are preparing to make a large part of their charitable gifts for 2011. For the second year in a row, we have the opportunity to make many of those gifts through Colorado Gives Day.

  • State hiring reforms worth a look

    Gov. John Hickenlooper seems ready to take a bite out of one of the bigger issues for a chief executive in Colorado. He announced earlier this month that he’s begun to look at options to reform Colorado’s state personnel system.

  • An alma mater in disgrace

    I spent four of the best years of my life at Penn State University.

  • Let’s cut first, then tax later

    Last week, Colorado voters roundly rejected a slate of proposed tax increases. The largest of these, Proposition 103, would have raised state income taxes from the current 4.63 percent to 5 percent for five years. Had it passed, the state legislature would have decided how to spend the proceeds on education.
    Voters said “no” by nearly a two-to-one margin.

  • Following the local recycling stream

    Many of us have harbored an underlying worry that our paper, plastics and pop cans don’t actually amount to much. It’s time to dump those old ideas and embrace recyclers and the EDS transfer station on Highway 73. Nothing brought in remains on site. Your commingled recyclables are responsibly sorted and sold to various commodities brokers.
    The environment is surely the main beneficiary, but it must be profitable for a private trash company to accept this stuff for free. Many factors have to line up to make it all work.

  • A supreme educational moment

    The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments on the law of unintended consequences last week at Evergreen High School.
    Actually, the court heard arguments in the case of Colorado Ethics Watch vs. Senate Majority Fund LLC, Colorado Leadership Fund LLC, and the Office of Administrative Courts as part of its Courts in the Community program. EHS was the most recent site for Courts in the Community cases.  

  • Kopp will be missed as statesman, leader

    Last week, Mike Kopp stepped down from the state Senate seat he had held since first being elected in 2006. With his departure, Jefferson County loses a statesman.
    Serving in the legislature while maintaining a “day job” is tough enough for any father. But for Mike, it had become impossible. Three months ago, Mike’s wife and best friend, Kimberly, lost her three-year battle with cancer. Without regret or second thoughts, Mike decided that his four school-age kids needed more of his time.

  • Tough choices demand experience, knowledge

    Anyone who listens to Denver talk radio has heard that our two Jeffco school board races represent an apocalyptic face-off between radical union-backed leftists and far-right free-market fanatics who will stop at nothing to reduce district spending.

    At the final election forum Oct. 18 in Evergreen, the candidates sounded more like a gaggle of elderly British ladies disagreeing about whether the shade of the curtains matched the colors in the divan.

  • Stakes high in school board race

    A campaign flier being distributed for Jeffco school board candidate Preston Branaugh contains the following conversation.
    “DadVanHorn: So what did our sons learn in school today?
    “Son: I learned we evolved from mud.
    “Son: I learned we’ll be safer when all our firearms are confiscated.
    “Son: I learned that you don’t pay enough taxes.”