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Columns

  • Election pivotal for school district

    When Laura Boggs was elected to the Jefferson County Board of Education two years ago, it caught a lot of people by surprise. It looked like incumbent Sue Marinelli was headed for re-election in an uncontested race until Boggs pulled and returned candidate papers just before the deadline. Running under the radar, Boggs upset the incumbent and has been a controversial and polarizing member of the school board in her first two years.

  • Are colleges spending funds wisely?

    If you watched a recent college football game between the universities of Utah and Southern California, you couldn’t have missed a somewhat strange interlude when the announcers rattled off statistics about the amount of money PAC 12 universities are spending on stadiums.

  • Our state is in a heap of trouble, boys

    During a series of commercials for Dodge Challengers in the early 1970s, a rural sheriff who usually said, “Boy, you’re in a heap of trouble,” stopped Challenger drivers because they must have been speeding in a car that looked so hot. As I read the latest report of the University of Denver’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future, I found myself thinking all future residents of Colorado share the drivers’ dilemma. We are definitely in a heap of trouble.

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Our fire chief deserved better

    Evergreen’s fire chief was essentially fired last spring, and taxpaying residents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District still don’t know why.

  • Boulder ballot misses the point

    On Nov. 1, 2011, municipalities across Colorado will conduct elections. Voters in those cities and towns will be picking mayors and members of their city councils. They will decide on tax questions and other issues concerning how their cities will operate.
    And then there is Boulder.

  • The answer is business, not politics

    In an oft-quoted line, President Calvin Coolidge famously declared in 1925 that “the chief business of the American people is business.”
    Some have accused Coolidge of suggesting here that commerce is the highest moral aspiration of the American people, but he’d be the first to disagree. “We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things that we want much more,” he said in the same speech. “We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization.”

  • School fees: an expensive lesson

    Sticker shock.
    That the best way to describe the look on my face as I stared at the computer screen last week, looking at the $929 I was about to pay for my two daughters to go to Evergreen High School this year.
    I was so amazed at the figure, I actually got out a calculator, thinking maybe the computer had added incorrectly.
    It hadn’t.
    Last year, I paid somewhere around $700 for both girls, and I was a little shocked then, too.

  • K-12 funding needs a solution

    An odd convergence took place last Monday when oral arguments began in the case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado and supporters of Initiative 25 turned in nearly twice as many signatures to the secretary of state as are necessary to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

  • Jefferson County should reconstitute audit committee

    The Candid Curmudgeon