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Today's Opinions

  • Suddenly, our state is going to pot

    When Colorado voters passed Amendment 20 in 2000 to legalize the use of medical marijuana, it would have been hard to predict that the program would explode to such an extent in 2009 that Atlantic Monthly would use the term “ganjaprenuership” to explain what is going on here in its Aug. 26 issue.

  • A friendly letter to the commissioners

    Dear Jeffco commissioners:

    I hadn’t heard from you recently, so I wanted to write and see how things were going. Our attorney was on the phone the other day, and he also asked after the three of you.

    Specifically, we’re wondering about the letter we sent you on Monday, July 27 — the one pointing out that your discussion of public business via e-mail was a clear violation of Colorado law.

  • Thanks for your service, Senator Gibbs

    Last week brought news that state Sen. Dan Gibbs, who represents much of western Jefferson County, is retiring. I’d like to thank him for his service.

  • Lutheran, Good Samaritan medical centers should not become Catholic-controlled

    We represent our community’s citizens who strongly oppose the impending transfer of management control of Exempla Lutheran and Good Samaritan medical centers to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.

    This means that control over our two Colorado-built and -funded hospitals — whose assets total $300 million to $500 million — will be transferred to the Kansas-based organization. We believe that ownership of these assets could later be transferred to SCLHS.

  • Eminent domain: an imminent rip-off

    Commissioner Kevin McCasky’s “controlled” discussion of the proposed Northwest Parkway (to connect C-470 with E-470) at the Lake House town hall meeting on Nov. 2 raises the question of whether building the Northwest Parkway with private funds depends on the government’s use of eminent domain.

  • When it comes to race, fear is a common enemy

    “My friends have come to me unsought. The great God gave them to me.”

    — Emerson, from his essay “Friendship”

  • Senior moments highlight birthday week

    I’ve had my share of senior moments the last week, more of them unforgettable than forgetful.

    No single piece of mail can more brutally deliver mortality’s sharp stick in the eye than the dreaded AARP membership packet, and my own little reminder of the five-decade milestone came when seniors and their concerns were uppermost on my mind.

  • Wasting away before a proverbial full plate

    It’s ironic, isn’t it? Here we have access to more information than at any time in history, yet more than ever it seems we prefer to get our information from just the handful of sources reflecting only our own world views.

    My friends on the left visit websites like Daily Kos, Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo. They listen to 760 AM on the radio and watch MSNBC.

    On the conservative side, we read posts on Town Hall, Drudge Report and National Review Online. We listen to 710 AM and tune into Fox News in the evening.