Today's Opinions

  • Making waves with freedom and faith

    Two great and fearsome “tidal waves” have claimed the spotlight on the international stage lately, and for good reason. In addition to the earthquake and tsumani that shook Japan, there are the ongoing seismic quakes of social revolution that continue to sweep over the Middle East and Africa. From Tunisia, where President Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali was ousted after 23 years in power, the ripples have turned to waves in Yemen, in Jordan and Syria, in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, and, of course, Egypt.  

  • Some thoughts on wildfire season

    In more than 30 years, it’s hard to remember wildfire season starting so early. The combination of dry fuels and high winds has led to a dangerous situation. This year, especially, it’s worth being extra vigilant.
    Without human intervention, healthy forests burn. It’s a natural process. The seeds of some types of trees even need fire to germinate. But since people have moved into the foothills, a longstanding policy of fire suppression has interrupted this natural burning process, leading to greater accumulation of fuels and therefore greater fire hazard.

  • The Candid Curmudgeon

    This column merely offers a gentle reminder to the EPRD board, new executive director Scott Robson, and especially GreenPlay LLC, the consulting firm that is preparing a new master plan for the district.

  • Benefit exchange a healthy idea

    Editor’s note: This column was written before Rep. Stephens suggested an amendment to SB200 that Colorado’s health exchange law not take effect unless Colorado requests a waiver from the federal health care act. The suggested amendment is opposed by both Gov. Hickenlooper and Sen. Boyd and makes passage of the bill unlikely.

    It’s good that virtue is its own reward, as that may be all Betty Boyd and Amy Stephens get from sponsoring legislation to establish health benefit exchanges in Colorado.

  • Our Readers Write

    Residents should make donations to keep outdoor lab schools open
    I just read in the electronic Courier that among the other cuts proposed by Jeffco schools is the possibility of closing the two outdoor labs — Windy Peak and Mount Evans. I think that would be a tragedy for the school system.

  • Kids’ sports should put fun first

    One of the best things about having four boys is the opportunity to get involved in youth sports, both as a parent and coach. Team sports was a big part of my life growing up, so it’s wonderful to see my own kids becoming part of something bigger than themselves. I can only hope that the lessons they learn stick with them as they stuck with me.

  • A forgotten war drags on in Iraq

    Eight years later, it was an altered scene at Evergreen’s downtown traffic light, where 15 people gathered to remember the ongoing war in Iraq. Although we were standing on the same bridge, we felt distant from those driving by. Now most of them are on their cell phones. The mood as indicated by friendly waves, while mostly apathetic, continues to tally overwhelmingly in favor of ending this long and fruitless war. There were the usual one or two head shakes.

  • District takes timely action on school budget

    Facing severe budget problems if the legislature agrees to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget, the Jefferson County School District took a new and dramatic approach to cutting its budget. A budget summit with representatives of the Board of Education, the teachers union, the classified employees association, the administrators’ association and district leadership spent a weekend with a federal mediator and came up with a $40 million reduction plan that has pain for everyone.