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Today's Opinions

  • Health-care spending means anemic K-12 funding

    A friend called the other day asking me to explain why funding for K-12 in this year’s state budget wasn’t larger? Also, was K-12 taking more than its “fair share” of Colorado tax dollars? I thought they were both good and important questions that perhaps deserved an answer to a larger audience.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    It should be legal to use rain barrels
    Editor:
    As a water conservationist and home gardener, I support the practice of capturing rainwater from my roof for use around our home, returning it to its natural sources in the ground. When I moved to Colorado a few years back, I was surprised and dismayed that the state does not allow rain barrels — something my home state of Texas proudly encouraged.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    It should be legal to use rain barrels
    Editor:
    As a water conservationist and home gardener, I support the practice of capturing rainwater from my roof for use around our home, returning it to its natural sources in the ground. When I moved to Colorado a few years back, I was surprised and dismayed that the state does not allow rain barrels — something my home state of Texas proudly encouraged.

  • Some testing needed for accountability
  • Hillary’s e-mail mess a public mistake

    So, why did she really do it? What was Hillary Clinton’s real reason for running her public e-mail through a private device and with a specially installed private server in her home while she was secretary of state?

    Public business is the public’s business. It shouldn’t matter whether someone uses and pays for a personal device; the public policy remains the same. If a record is made, kept or maintained for a public purpose, the public deserves access to that record unless there is a specifically delineated exemption provided for in the law.

  • Budget compromise a fiscal feat

    On Feb. 18, the Colorado Senate presented the House of Representatives with a take-it-or-kill-it ultimatum on a spending bill for the Department of Public Safety. The disagreement centered on whether more funds should be made available to process criminal background checks for gun permits. At that point, it looked like developing a state budget was going to be a very difficult task.

  • Vulcan spoke truth to his American fans

    When the original “Star Trek” debuted in September 1966, our nation was about to be torn apart by an unpopular war in Vietnam and by race riots at home. In the nearly half-century since, the science-fiction juggernaut spawned five additional television series and 12 movies on its way to becoming a cultural icon.

    At first, many assumed “Star Trek” to be an escapist space opera, but it didn’t take long for the writers to begin secreting much bigger issues into their scripts, from racism to war to civil rights.

  • Coffman deserves respect for service

    Mike Coffman, Colorado’s congressman from the 6th District, can be a bulldog.

    Once he latches onto something, he tends to hang on for dear life until the point he wants to make is clear or the issue he’s pursuing has come to some kind of resolution.