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Columns

  • Government transparency not negotiable

    Recently I was reading a book to my kids about the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787 when a remarkable fact jumped out: The delegates conducted their work in absolute secrecy. This was one of the only ground rules of the convention, and not until James Madison’s death in 1840 did his notes reveal the content of many discussions that took place.
    It’s very possible the Constitution — and this nation itself — would not exist as we know it had the deliberations been subject to public scrutiny.

  • No, Virginia, there is no transparency in Jeffco

    “This is a quarter of a billion dollars in stimulus we can’t pass up,” exalted County Commissioner Kevin McCasky in a story last week. “It’s going to be a great Christmas.”
    Commissioner McCasky clearly has caught the holiday spirit and envisions a joyous Noel at the Taj Mahal. In fact, he’s even provided the snow job.

  • Self-reliance is the key to Evergreen’s future

    By Russ Campbell

  • Furry friends leave paw prints on our hearts

    It’s the little things in life that are important. And for a little girl in Conifer, a small thing has left her life, and she’s pretty sad about it.
    Garlands the hamster, voted Conifer’s first unofficial mayor in 2009, passed away in November. Garlands was 3 years old.
    Garlands’ owner and human companion, Phoebe McKeown, 8, said she misses her furry friend.
    “I’ve been sad for a little bit,” Phoebe said.

  • Legends of the fall at EHS

    Every so often, the stars align and an organization has a dream year. This fall at Evergreen High School was one of those seasons for extracurricular activities.

  • Holiday’s true meaning not measured in sales 

    In the classic cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown writes a letter to Santa as his sister, Sally, dictates. “Please note the size and color of each item,” she says, “and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: Just send money. How about tens and twenties?” Rolling his eyes in disgust, Charlie Brown laments the commercialism that has crept into Christmas.

  • EPRD choice is key to our future

    By Linda Kirkpatrick

  • Flying by the seat of TSA junk

    By now you’ve probably read or heard a story about the invasive policies of the TSA. Here’s another example of manipulation by the financial elite. Struggling to understand how the minds of these afflicted affluenzas work, I am wont to admit their incredible success. The entire country has been brought to its underwear by the likes of Michael Chernoff, George Soros and many other CEOs and lobbyists.

  • State’s budget writers in bind

    2011 will be one tough year for legislative budget writers in Colorado. To begin, they will face one of the toughest budget years in our state’s history. Add to that the fact that split control of the legislature means the Joint Budget Committee will be made up of three Republicans and three Democrats. And if that’s not enough of a challenge, the six members of the JBC will have three cumulative years of experience on the budget panel.

  • Wildlife management fosters healthier herds

    By Kristine Newkirk

    In response to those who see no harm in what they view as idyllic, grazing elk pacifically eating their mums, I say it is time to recognize the very real harm we are inflicting on the elk population in our area if we take no action to manage the herds. The ecology in Evergreen is out of balance. Closer human and herd interaction is creating a breeding ground for aggressive elk behavior that puts people in harm’s way. The health of the elk population is also at risk as larger herds become more susceptible to the spread of disease.