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Columns

  • 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

  • Words and dreams can set the caged bird free

    “There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow.”
    ­— Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables”

  • Ronald Reagan is not my hero

    Courier columnist Rob Witwer whet my appetite for a little repartee on politics with his recent comment that the next election cycle needs a leader like Ronald Reagan.
    Granola and soy milk spewed all over the breakfast table as I guffawed. Ronald Reagan? Really? Whose American hero is he?
    Reagan’s popularity soared when an insane would-be assassin with weak ties to Evergreen gunned him down. Some wish to credit Reagan with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but history favors Mikhail Gorbachev on that one.

  • Hopefuls draw lines in the sand