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Today's Opinions

  • 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?”

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Recall elections waste money, diminish importance of regular elections

    Editor:

    Not long ago we had a recall election for the Evergreen Fire Protection District board over a capital improvements decision. Now, another disaffected group of citizens is asking for a recall election to be held to remove the conservative bloc on the Jeffco school board. In both cases, the primary issues are associated with policy decisions, not malfeasance in office.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Keep your distance from the elk

    Editor:

    On June 15, a YouTube video was posted of an elk chasing a man and his dog while he was running around Evergreen Lake. Locals in Evergreen are accustomed to being around elk. We see them often. They are peaceful animals. We all coexist together. That is, when we keep our distance.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Speeding on Brook Forest Road endangers residents, motorists

    Editor:

    I am 11 years old, and I have seen at least seven crashes on Brook Forest Road. I am sick and tired of people flying up the road and sounding as loud as a race car.

    Too many people have learned the hard way going too fast. A lot of the stories are dreadful, and I heard that one person even died. The others have had a lot of luck. I was shocked to see one live to see another day.