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Today's Opinions

  • End the uncertainty at Jeffco Schools

    The worst thing about the almost two years of turmoil that we’ve experienced in Jefferson County schools is that it’s been a continuing distraction from the school district’s most important responsibility — to educate the kids who live in this county. Anything that distracts teachers from focusing their energy on giving kids the best possible education is a major flaw that should be resolved as soon as possible.

  • Summer a time to revel in reading

    For our youths in the foothills, summer brings a freedom from school schedules for three brief months — you can read what you WANT to read. I was always excited about the first book of the summer — my choice. I love books. I love the feel of their weight, the smell and the look. To me, they represent a new beginning, hidden knowledge and the best of humanity. This may seem a bit romantic but … so be it — it’s summer!

  • Unlikely candidates gaining traction

    The political news is surprising as two unlikely candidates are soaring in the polls. Not many would expect a self-identified socialist to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, but U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining some traction. He trails her in a recent Iowa poll 52 percent to 33 percent. In New Hampshire, it’s 56 percent to 24 percent. No, he is not the front-runner, but his strong numbers are very surprising, and Clinton must be looking over her shoulder.

  • When picking a hometown, schools matter

    These life events just keep marching on. Our baby turns 21 next week.

    Since we moved to Evergreen almost 18 years ago, we’ve been through a lot of milestones. Two kids started school. Three kids completed elementary school, middle school and high school. Three kids had bat-mitzvahs. I turned 40 … and then 50 … and then more. (Luckily my wife is ageless and avoided these milestones.) We celebrated a silver wedding anniversary. Two kids graduated from college, one cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Primary system disenfranchises voters
  • 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.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    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.

  • 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”).