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Today's Opinions

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Our Readers Write

    Don’t take our dedicated EMTs for granted
    Editor:
    On July 4, 2011, I suffered a near-fatal fall down a steep flight of stairs, resulting in eight broken ribs (many with multiple breaks) and a lacerated spleen. The Evergreen paramedics and EMTs saved my life. Due to their prompt response and phenomenal care on site and during my transport to St. Anthony’s trauma center, I am now recovering quite well.

  • Our fire chief deserved better

    Evergreen’s fire chief was essentially fired last spring, and taxpaying residents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District still don’t know why.

  • Our Readers Write

    Evergreen Jazz Festival a true tribute to this uniquely American genre
    Editor:

  • Boulder ballot misses the point

    On Nov. 1, 2011, municipalities across Colorado will conduct elections. Voters in those cities and towns will be picking mayors and members of their city councils. They will decide on tax questions and other issues concerning how their cities will operate.
    And then there is Boulder.

  • The answer is business, not politics

    In an oft-quoted line, President Calvin Coolidge famously declared in 1925 that “the chief business of the American people is business.”
    Some have accused Coolidge of suggesting here that commerce is the highest moral aspiration of the American people, but he’d be the first to disagree. “We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things that we want much more,” he said in the same speech. “We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization.”

  • School fees: an expensive lesson

    Sticker shock.
    That the best way to describe the look on my face as I stared at the computer screen last week, looking at the $929 I was about to pay for my two daughters to go to Evergreen High School this year.
    I was so amazed at the figure, I actually got out a calculator, thinking maybe the computer had added incorrectly.
    It hadn’t.
    Last year, I paid somewhere around $700 for both girls, and I was a little shocked then, too.

  • 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.