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Today's Opinions

  • More than a game, nothing less than life

    Few things are more important to our four newspapers than coverage of high school sports, and few journalists could have brought that coverage to our readers more completely or competently than Michael Hicks. But after five years, Michael is leaving his post as sports editor at Evergreen Newspapers for his next challenge at the Boulder Daily Camera, and that paper is beyond lucky to have him.

  • A painful lesson: Jeffco’s third rail

    I’ve been planning for weeks to offer my thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Jeffco school district. And I’ve also been procrastinating for weeks. Of late, our politically polarized school system has become the third rail of local politics — touch it, and you die.

    A phone call last week from a loyal reader stirred me from my inertia (some would say cowardice). The gentleman raised several good questions about our recent coverage and, as a result, helped me organize my own thoughts. He should call daily.

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    Shooting of bear cubs was an irresponsible act

    Editor:

  • Vote yes on tax increase for Jeffco library

    The last time the Jeffco Public Library saw a tax increase, the Internet was still a gleam in Al Gore’s eye. Nor had DVDs been invented. E-books? Forget it. “Portable” computers that didn’t result in a hernia? Surely you jest.

    In fact, the last time our library saw a boost in taxpayer support was some 29 years ago, and since then in Jefferson County, demand for services that the library offers has exploded:

    • The county’s population has grown by 130,000 people.

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    Shooting bear cubs in residential area was not responsible

    Editor:

    The man who shot the cubs should know better than to fire his gun in a neighborhood. Now these poor cubs are dead.

    I had a bear try to get into my garbage this morning. He was a very big boy. I just shined the flashlight on him and told him to move along, and he did.  

    This man should know better, living in Evergreen among wildlife, that you have to keep your garbage secure.

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    Thanks for help with Evergreen Kids Triathlon

    Editor:

    Thank you to Shana Peterson, Jamie Corbin and Kristina Halstead for your assistance setting up the Evergreen Kids Triathlon.

    Thanks, Denise, Cindy and the front-desk staff for running rosters, registering participants, answering questions, etc. It was very much appreciated.

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    People have spoken: Witt, Newkirk and Williams should be recalled

    Editor:

    I am an 81-year-old great-grandmother, and I have grandchildren attending Jefferson County schools. I do not like the waste of money that might be going to challenge the recall of the three Board of Education members. More than twice the required signatures were gathered, which shows the voters’ support for the recall.

  • Sanders, Trump are flashes in the pan

    Imagine the impact of a Bernie Sanders-versus-Donald Trump presidential election in 2016. Property values in Canada would likely skyrocket with the biggest exodus of Americans to Canada since the end of the draft.

    Fourteen months before the next presidential election, the biggest surprise has been the emergence of Sanders and Trump when conventional wisdom suggests that neither has any chance, or business, of becoming president of the United States. Their seeming viability results from completely different circumstances in our two major political parties.