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Columns

  • November: a time to remember, a time to act

    By Ellen Golombek

    Before he served in Congress and before he went to the White House, Lt. John F. Kennedy commanded torpedo boats in the South Pacific during World War II. His distinguished military career resulted in being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. He was proud of his service and once said, “I can imagine no more rewarding a career.”

  • We’re better when working together

    By Jim Rohrer

  • Five commissioners makes sense

    Jefferson County, with a population of approximately 550,000 people, is Colorado’s fourth largest county. A three-member Board of County Commissioners, who are elected at large, governs it. Large portions of the more densely populated areas of the county exist in unincorporated areas that receive urban services directly from county government.

  • We got elk — and a whole lot more

    By Greg Dobbs
    Over the weekend I found myself bad-mouthing elk. I was shuttling some out-of-town artists to their cars at the end of Center for the Arts Evergreen’s annual Winterfest at Evergreen High School, and we had to stop for a herd of 100 or more elk meandering across the parking lot, as if they owned the place. The nerve of those elk!

  • Start fixing, just like Evergreen

    By Jim Rohrer

    So the beat goes on in Washington. Lawmakers and the White House continue to haggle. Now the main topic is the health-care website, but that’s just the latest thing to demonstrate that no one is thinking solutions. It seems more fun to bash the other party and blame them for all of what’s wrong.

  • Details on pet licensing in Jefferson County

    Residents of unincorporated Jefferson County have been required to license their dogs since 1994. In 2007, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Westminster and Arvada joined the county’s licensing program, and residents in those cities have been required to license their canines ever since.

  • Wild turkeys are thankful they’re not extinct

    While we have many things to be thankful for, I think the wild turkeys must be thankful for being alive because these big, beautiful, wild birds came very close to extinction.

     

    This great American bird was fairly common over much of America and was taken to Europe in the early 16th century where it was domesticated and became a very popular dish. In America, it was also very popular, but there were no domestic turkeys to buy at the market.

  • Blue jays joining Steller’s jays at area feeders

    Several readers of this column have called me during the last month to tell me they have had a “real honest-to-goodness Eastern blue jay” at their feeders. This is an exciting event, which seems to be occurring with more regularity each fall. They stay for a day or two and then usually disappear. This bold, sassy blue jay has apparently worked its way west along the water courses over the past many years.

  • Make your voice heard in school board election

    Here we go again! There are three seats up for grabs on the Jefferson County Board of Education, and as was the case two years ago when the other two seats on the board were filled, no incumbents are running for re-election. And as also was the case the last time we elected school board members in Jefferson County, there are stark differences between the candidates.

  • Tax measures on ballot merit yes vote

    Colorado voters are faced with two tax questions on this November’s ballot. One will impose sales and excise taxes on our newly legalized recreational marijuana industry, and the other will increase our state income tax to provide additional revenues for preschool through 12th-grade education. They both deserve our support.