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Today's Opinions

  • Ellie’s legacy: Pay it forward, or pay it back

    Out of life¹s worst moments can come life¹s best lessons.

    I’ve seen that at every natural disaster I’ve ever covered, where someone who just lost virtually every personal possession short of the shirt off his back still can manage to voice some variation of, “At least my family is safe, and that’s really all that matters.”

    Well, I just saw that spirit in spades at the restaurant across from Evergreen Lake called Willow Creek. The couple who own it, Kristopher and Curtis Lincoln, lost their daughter more than a decade ago.

  • Gay marriage arrives quietly, but appropriately

    Early in the afternoon of the first Monday in October (the day the Supreme Court convenes each year for its new term), I got an e-mail from House Speaker Mark Ferrandino titled “Love Wins.” It announced that the Supreme Court had declined to hear any of the marriage equality cases from various courts of appeals and that Attorney General John Suthers had announced he would take steps to clear the way for gay marriage in Colorado.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Nicholson would continue to serve state Senate District 16 well

    Editor:

    I read and was surprised at the responses by one of the candidates for Senate District 16 seat, both by the intensity and nature of the responses.  

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson

    I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson

    I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Doyle is best choice in HD25 to guide decisions on K-12 education

    Editor:

    Having served on the Jefferson County school board, we know firsthand the importance of collaboration — not only at the school board level but just as importantly at the state level. Decisions made by the Colorado legislature affect our children, our teachers and our public schools daily. A few examples of legislative action that affects our schools:

  • Colorado voters face 4 ballot proposals

    And then there were four.

    While a lot of attention was focused on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s work to successfully negotiate an agreement to spare us from four competing ballot initiatives on fracking, four other ballot initiatives have made their way onto our November ballot.

    The topics range from personhood to gambling to open meetings to food labeling. In a somewhat refreshing twist, two of the four proposals are initiated laws instead of amendments to our state constitution.

  • The media: part of today’s great divide

    Editor’s note: This column is the fourth installment in a five-part series that looks at the divisiveness in the U.S. Congress and offers possible solutions.

    The conventional wisdom, especially among Republicans, is that the news operations at the major networks favor the Democrats. It’s subtle, they say, but the stories they cover and the questions they ask show their left leaning. You might remember that Katie Couric ambushed Sarah Palin asking a trick question: “What publications do your read?”