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Today's Opinions

  • A primer on pre-primary politics

    With precinct caucuses now in the books, the 2010 election season is officially under way. Caucuses are an important first step in the nominating process, through which each major party selects its nominees for the general election this fall. 

    With the exception of presidential nominations, there isn’t much public attention given to the way parties pick their candidates. It’s as though each November we’re presented with a ballot listing a Democrat, a Republican and perhaps one or more third-party candidates, with the winner assuming public office.

  • Painting a clear picture of Center for the Arts

    With so much misinformation swirling about town, it is time to set the record straight with the facts about the Center for the Arts Evergreen and our collaboration with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Balancing the information budget

    Dominick Paoloni will be giving President Obama a bit more time to actualize his campaign promises. He’s disappointed about what hasn’t been delivered yet — the public option, a return of civil liberties repressed during the Bush regime, and troops out of Iraq. With his expertise in finances, this Lookout Mountain resident is thinking (and that’s refreshing) about why Obama has moved so far to the right of moderate.

  • Competition surfaces at the caucuses

    Leave it to voters to prove that they have something to say about elections!

  • Some colorful NFL commentary

    The great New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell has an unfailing ability to find interesting things to write about. In his recent collection of essays titled “What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures,” he explains what makes some topics so interesting. “Curiosity about the interior life of other people’s day-to-day work is one of the most fundamental of human impulses,” he writes.

    We are relational beings, and we’re interested in how others live their lives.

  • Legislature focusing on finances

    This week marks the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day 2010 session. The state’s fiscal woes have dominated the session to this point. The legislature has adopted a package of bills that raised revenues by eliminating a variety of tax exemptions as well as approving a 32-bill package that reduced spending by state agencies for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

  • Lasting lessons in true heroism

    Last week’s shootings at Deer Creek Middle School were an awful reminder of the events at Columbine and Platte Canyon. Yet in the midst of our concern for the two wounded students, there was also cause to celebrate the heroic actions of Dr. David Benke, a math teacher whose split-second decision to tackle the shooter undoubtedly saved lives.

  • For victims, a prison of the heart

    Victims have a champion in Evergreen resident Ann Jaramillo. Inspired by personal tragedy in 1989, Ann has helped pave the way to victim rights for the five out of six people predicted to be involved in a violent crime.