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Today's Opinions

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Be an informed voter in recall election

    Editor:

    Marion and Jim Dries wrote in a recent letter that folks should seek the truth before voting in the school board recall election. A very good way to do that would be to check out two websites: freedomforeducation.com and jeffcoeducationtruth.com.

  • End the uncertainty at Jeffco Schools

    The worst thing about the almost two years of turmoil that we’ve experienced in Jefferson County schools is that it’s been a continuing distraction from the school district’s most important responsibility — to educate the kids who live in this county. Anything that distracts teachers from focusing their energy on giving kids the best possible education is a major flaw that should be resolved as soon as possible.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    School board recall is really about control by teachers union

    Editor:

    The discussion of the three school board recall petitions in the Times illustrates the stated reasons for the recall but makes no reference to the real reason, which can be stated in a few words: Not controlled by teachers union. This simpler wording on the petitions and ballots might not have impressed the secretary of state or voters, but would have the virtue of honesty.

  • Summer a time to revel in reading

    For our youths in the foothills, summer brings a freedom from school schedules for three brief months — you can read what you WANT to read. I was always excited about the first book of the summer — my choice. I love books. I love the feel of their weight, the smell and the look. To me, they represent a new beginning, hidden knowledge and the best of humanity. This may seem a bit romantic but … so be it — it’s summer!

  • Unlikely candidates gaining traction

    The political news is surprising as two unlikely candidates are soaring in the polls. Not many would expect a self-identified socialist to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, but U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining some traction. He trails her in a recent Iowa poll 52 percent to 33 percent. In New Hampshire, it’s 56 percent to 24 percent. No, he is not the front-runner, but his strong numbers are very surprising, and Clinton must be looking over her shoulder.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Recall elections waste money, diminish importance of regular elections

    Editor:

    Not long ago we had a recall election for the Evergreen Fire Protection District board over a capital improvements decision. Now, another disaffected group of citizens is asking for a recall election to be held to remove the conservative bloc on the Jeffco school board. In both cases, the primary issues are associated with policy decisions, not malfeasance in office.

  • When picking a hometown, schools matter

    These life events just keep marching on. Our baby turns 21 next week.

    Since we moved to Evergreen almost 18 years ago, we’ve been through a lot of milestones. Two kids started school. Three kids completed elementary school, middle school and high school. Three kids had bat-mitzvahs. I turned 40 … and then 50 … and then more. (Luckily my wife is ageless and avoided these milestones.) We celebrated a silver wedding anniversary. Two kids graduated from college, one cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Keep your distance from the elk

    Editor:

    On June 15, a YouTube video was posted of an elk chasing a man and his dog while he was running around Evergreen Lake. Locals in Evergreen are accustomed to being around elk. We see them often. They are peaceful animals. We all coexist together. That is, when we keep our distance.