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Today's Opinions

  • Our Readers Write

    Short-term rentals benefit the area
    Editor:
    Yes, Hank Alderfer makes a great point in his column about the history of Evergreen with short-term rentals.
    Many areas are doing these short-term rentals very successfully: Salida, Durango, Leadville. They are carefully licensed, inspected and managed. They bring up to 8 percent of gross income in those areas. We could use that income to save our libraries and support our community.

  • K-12 funding needs a solution

    An odd convergence took place last Monday when oral arguments began in the case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado and supporters of Initiative 25 turned in nearly twice as many signatures to the secretary of state as are necessary to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

  • Our Readers Write

    Horse poop is also a problem
    Editor:
    It was curious to read about the problem of dog waste and wonder why there was no mention of horse waste. Shouldn’t “clean up after your animals” apply to horse owners too?

  • Jefferson County should reconstitute audit committee

    The Candid Curmudgeon

  • Words and dreams can set the caged bird free

    “There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow.”
    ­— Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables”

  • Ronald Reagan is not my hero

    Courier columnist Rob Witwer whet my appetite for a little repartee on politics with his recent comment that the next election cycle needs a leader like Ronald Reagan.
    Granola and soy milk spewed all over the breakfast table as I guffawed. Ronald Reagan? Really? Whose American hero is he?
    Reagan’s popularity soared when an insane would-be assassin with weak ties to Evergreen gunned him down. Some wish to credit Reagan with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but history favors Mikhail Gorbachev on that one.

  • Our Readers Write

    Hank lost his way on short-term rentals
    Editor:
    Hold on there, Hank. I love your column, your research is great, but have you lost your way on this subject? That was then; this is now. The majority of the houses were built as summer vacation homes. Our population mushroomed in the summer. It was a vacation, seasonal community. Short-term rentals were appropriate. Live and let live! But …

  • Hopefuls draw lines in the sand