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Today's Opinions

  • Transportation proposal a good first step

    Not quite halfway through the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly, House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham, in conjunction with the Transportation Committee chairs -- Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush and Senator Randy Baumgardner -- have introduced the highest priority bill of the legislative session. Their proposal refers to a transportation plan that will, if voters approve it in November, make $3.5 billion available for transportation projects across Colorado over the next 20 years.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Trump’s ‘opinions’ are misinformed
    Editor:
    Jim Akin had an interesting take in his letter titled “Citizen Trump is nearly expressing his opinion.” I congratulate him for his creativity in coming up with a new term to compete with lies and alternative facts to describe Trump’s questionable utterances. 

  • T-wreck: a legacy from politicians past

    “Solid stone is just sand and water, baby.

    Sand and water, and a million years gone by.”

    — Beth Nielsen Chapman

    HIGH ABOVE THE STEGOSAURUS LOT — On a chilly and snowy Sunday, no birds of prey are visible from the raptor observation area along the trail, and no hikers or bikers pass by. To the south, clouds close in on the Rooney Valley, and throughout the gray landscape a sense of foreboding looms.

  • School board has 6 months to prove it’s up to the job

    With the new year, an election facing three members of the Jefferson County school board in November, and the failure of the bond and mill request in 2016, it’s time for the current board to take stock.

    This board, all five members, won their seats based on a call for increased transparency but has recently violated transparency principles in its handling of the employment of the current superintendent. It promised outreach to the community but received a resounding “you didn’t listen to us” message from citizens when the bond and mill went down.

  • Budget a key issue for lawmakers in 2017

    Day one! Today marks the opening of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly. For the next 120 days, legislators from throughout Colorado will be responsible for doing the people’s business.

  • Kept in the dark at light speed

    When my sister and I were young, we loved the 1960s space opera “Lost in Space.” And, without a doubt, our favorite episode involved various members of the wandering Robinson family silently disappearing from the Jupiter 2 one at a time, in apparent defiance of the laws of physics.

  • Thanks, Hank, for the memories

    Several years ago our newspapers were in need of a new publisher, and the mother ship in Kentucky sent word that the leading candidate would be arriving from Florida on an upcoming Sunday afternoon. However, it was with little regret — and virtually no fear for my job — that I told my out-of-state bosses I would have to meet Tim Zeman at a much later hour.

  • Remembering a real American hero

    Several weeks ago a group of World War II veterans quietly gathered in Atlanta for what in all likelihood would be their final reunion. All in their 90s, they were the last remnant of a group of American volunteers that secretly traveled overseas in 1941 to fly combat missions against a brutal Japanese offensive in Asia. Their heroic exploits earned them the nickname “Flying Tigers.” To this day the Chinese speak of them in reverent tones, and few Flying Tigers were more revered than the spirited squadron leader known as Scarsdale Jack.