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Columns

  • Time for Jeffco citizens to step up

    After his defeat in California’s 1962 gubernatorial election, Richard Nixon famously said to reporters: “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”
    As county commissioner Kevin McCasky leaves office to become president of the Jefferson Economic Council, we here at Evergreen Newspapers will miss getting our own kicks from the target-rich environment he has provided.
    Over his years as a commissioner, McCasky has graced our pages for:

  • Icy winters devastate flocks of tiny birds

    Reprinted from Feb. 21, 2007

    It was late afternoon when I first noticed fog drifting through the valley between Bear Mountain and Stanley Mountain. When a front sags down out of Canada on the plains, it often brings with it an upslope condition, which causes either snow or fog. In this case, the cold front turned the warm air into fog.

  • Separate library district not needed

    By the Jeffco Board of Commissioners
    The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is extremely proud of the Jefferson County Public Library. We believe our libraries are among the County’s greatest assets. We are grateful to the citizens who serve as trustees, foundation members and Friends of the Library, as well as the many volunteers and the talented staff.

  • Political reporting’s voice of reason

    Last week, KUSA’s Adam Schrager bid farewell to Colorado and Channel 9, where he has been a reporter since 1999. He will be missed.
    Adam, a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, has been in the business almost 20 years, winning the recognition of his peers with almost a dozen Emmy Awards.

  • Jeffco school board wasting money and time

    By Mike Arnold

  • Entrepreneurs are the real American heroes

    By Russ Campbell

  • Schools right to face cold, hard reality

    Sometimes you know that you just can’t win.
    I had a lot of empathy for school administrators across the Front Range last week when they had to make decisions about whether schools should be open during the frigid temperatures. All the school districts in the area closed schools Tuesday, and only Denver opened its schools Wednesday.

  • For the love of Fair Trade products

    My dad used to bring my mother, sister and me a little something on Valentine’s Day, not my brother. Love in the ’50s was a bit stilted, but Steve’s exclusion did make me feel a bit special about being a girl.

  • Don’t raise pay; trim session

    Campaigning door to door yields some interesting conversations. One day, as I was walking up to a house, I heard a voice from the back of the garage yell, “Who are you and what do you want?”
    “My name is Rob Witwer, and I’m your state representative,” I replied. “I’m running for re-election.”
    “Oh yeah?” the voice snarled, this time with more of a bite. “How much money do you guys make?”
    “About $30,000 a year,” I said.

  • Common sense has fallen down the rabbit hole

    There is a mental health crisis in this country, but politics isn’t going to address it. No system of financial management, be it insurance, single payer, Medicare or Medicaid, by itself, will make Americans cognitively healthier.