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Today's Opinions

  • Constitutional conundrum may await voters

    It may well be up to us.

    The odd constitutional provisions that will have the state of Colorado issuing refunds to taxpayers at the same time as cuts have to be made to a variety of government programs in 2016 have long been a source of consternation. Over the last year, a variety of things have been discussed.

  • Openness discussed behind closed doors

    Given the fact that a major theme of the coordinated campaign of all five members of the newly elected Jefferson County Board of Education was the lack of transparency their predecessors exhibited, it was more than a little disappointing when one of the first announced activities of the new board was to enter a secret session to discuss compliance with open-government requirements.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    El Rancho development not needed

    Editor:

    It was with much sadness that I read the report on the proposed massive developments at El Rancho. The comment from the chamber of commerce spokesperson was probably not meant to be sarcastic, but “this is just what Evergreen needs …” seemed much more accurate and valid when heard as such.

    Then again, the Courier included only cheerleading statements and supporters in the article without bothering to get local community sentiment.

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    Rosier, Szabo show little regard for voters’ wishes on library

    Editor:

    Ramsey Scott’s article about the special hearing regarding the library’s 2016 budget was genuinely upsetting.

    I am a former member of the library Board of Trustees; I worked day and night for the passage of 1A, the 1-mill property-tax increase for the libraries. The citizens spoke: They are willing to pay for better library service.

  • Residency requirement needed for officials

    It’s a little known fact that members of Congress don’t have to live in the districts from which they are elected. That’s not the case for school board members in Colorado.

    There was some question about the residency of candidate Regan Benson during the recent school board election in Jefferson County, but as it didn’t appear (or occur) that she would be a particularly viable candidate, the issue went away pretty quietly.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    New school board needs to focus on student achievement, quality of teaching

    Editor:

    As a parent of three students in Jefferson County, I am concerned after attending the first meeting with the five new Jeffco school board members (the “clean slate”).

  • Bike lanes: Too close for comfort?

    By Greg Dobbs

    This is about more striped bicycle lanes on our roads, which our Jefferson County commissioners approved late last month, and it isn’t only important if you ride a bike. If you drive a car, it’s about you, too.

  • A do and a don’t for the holiday season

    As we enter the holiday season, I’m thinking about a big do and a big don’t.

    The big do is Colorado Gives Day. In its five-year history, Colorado Gives has become the preferred way of making end-of-year charitable gifts for many people in our state. An initiative of the Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day is an easy way to make contributions to more than 1,800 of our state’s nonprofit organizations.