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Editorials

  • COURIER ENDORSEMENT: For Evergreen, Doyle is the right HD25 pick

    House District 25, with Evergreen and Conifer at its center, has long been distinguished by distinguished representatives at the state Capitol.

    From John Witwer to his son Rob, and to the current incumbent, Cheri Gerou, our district has enjoyed more than a decade of dedicated, thoughtful and reasoned representation in the state House.

    But while the Witwers and Gerou are Republicans, the Courier would like to strongly recommend that voters in the November election send Democrat Janet Doyle of Evergreen to the legislature.

  • Board majority must reveal vision

    Maybe they just got tired of being called the new conservative majority.

    How else can you explain school board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voting to pay, including performance incentives, new superintendent Daniel McMinimee almost 40 percent more than his predecessor and to give him a five-year contract despite the fact that he’s never been a superintendent before? The decision doesn’t meet any definition of conservative I’ve ever heard.

  • Inter-Canyon incumbents must be challenged

    Six hundred and forty-three thousand. That’s more than half a million.
    And those are more than enough reasons that two longtime incumbents on the board of the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District should be challenged aggressively in this May’s election.
    Zero is another number of note in this disturbing saga: That’s the number of non-incumbents who had filed to run, as of Tuesday, for the four board seats up for election.

  • Of mice, men and the end of the republic

    The flooding that hit Evergreen and parts of Jefferson and Clear Creek counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

  • District needs civility to bloom

    An early giant in the journalism trade was fond of saying that practically every political story boils down to two issues: conflict and cash.
    And while our members of Congress continue to clash over cash, the Jeffco school district is cramming our news columns with conflict, both ideological and, now, physical.
    The months-long controversy over the district’s plan to test the inBloom system for storing student information boiled over last week when shoving broke out between a resident and two district staff members at a school board meeting.

  • A hot issue, a cooler long-term fix

    Six years ago two members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board were recalled in an election that divided the community and left bad feelings all around. Their opponents charged that they were unresponsive to the community.
    Today, four members of the EFPD board face a recall election April 23, engineered by opponents of the district’s intention to construct a training building at Station 2 in Bergen Park. The board members’ detractors charge that they have been unresponsive to the community.