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Opinion

  • Working to be bipartisan
    Editor:
    Some questions have come to my mind and might have come to yours:  What does it mean to be a leader? A senator? A representative of the people? A  
    servant of the people? A caretaker for the people? A person in this world?
    Such questions have, I hope, occupied our senators and congressmen — and president — on more than a few occasions while in their elected positions. They would be large questions for anyone, but especially for the political leaders in our country.

  • Millions of Americans have Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on their minds as he again fights for his life. This time, he is battling a brain tumor. I admit that he is my favorite among modern-day politicians. He is a war hero, a maverick who is driven by his conscience, and a father figure who demonstrates exceptional character. You have to love his self-deprecating communication style.

  • I woke up Saturday morning to the news of the passing of Jim Vance. Who you may ask? Let me explain.
    Vance, for as long as I can remember, was the news anchor for NBC4, the local affiliate in Washington, D.C. The 75-year-old started at WRC-TV in 1969, two years before I was born. He was one of the first African-Americans to sit in the news anchor chair. No, he doesn’t have a nationally recognizable name like Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather or Peter Jennings, but he was a staple in Washington, D.C., television news.

  • EPRD’s mission is to improve the quality of life
    Editor:
    We at Evergreen Park & Recreation District were distressed to learn from a letter to the editor in the Canyon Courier on July 12, 2017, that the family of a disabled patron felt mistreated at one of our pools.

  • The people of Colorado would’ve been well served had Ed Perlmutter become our 43rd governor in 2019.
    Perlmutter, who served eight years as a state senator from Jefferson County, and who is now serving his sixth two-year term from the 7th Congressional District, announced last week that he was dropping his bid to become Colorado’s next governor. He leaves a crowded, and likely to get larger, field of both Democrats and Republicans who would like to succeed Governor John Hickenlooper.

  • Journalism, specifically journalists themselves, have taken it on the chin frequently in the past year and rightfully so.
    Bet you didn’t expect me — a journalist for more than 27 years — to say that, did you? But it’s true. We need to be held accountable for our reporting day in and day out. That’s what the public expects and deserves.

  • Joe Webb, Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party

  • In Washington, politics trumps people.The Congressional circus surrounding healthcare is about politics not any real desire to improve the delivery and cost of healthcare in America.

  • Get over it, Trump is our president
    Editor:
    Thanks for showing the Courier’s very liberal bias by publishing three extremely liberal letters in the June 28 Courier. By doing this, you incite further riot and more extreme letters. You can be more balanced by publishing some of each per edition.

  • Greg Dobbs

  • What if the debate over health insurance was about what we support instead of what we oppose? What if the discussion included all 535 members of Congress instead of just those who happen to belong to the party in power?
    As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ill-advised plan to ramrod overhaul of the Affordable Care Act through the Senate without allowing time to fully understand its ramifications failed last week, it is apparent the questions Congress is trying to answer are the wrong ones to ask.

  • Take a trip to the Wild Animal Sanctuary
    Editor:
    To delight children with seeing wild animals, I suggest skipping the circus and taking them to visit the rescued tigers and lions at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg. When they see a big lion lying on his back, paws dangling, sound asleep in the sun, they will understand that his life is immeasurably better than when he was traveling in a cage in a circus.  

  • Greg Dobbs

  • Putting in a good word for President Trump
    Editor:

  • Father’s Day has come and gone, but for 41 years it has never been the same.
    You see, since March 13, 1976, Father’s Day has taken on a completely different meaning for yours truly.  That was the day, as a 4-year-old boy, I was told that my father was no longer among the living. Tommy Hicks had passed away.

  • Memories rush back for veteran after honor flight
    Editor:

    As I watched the Memorial Day Concert every year, this one — May 28, 2017  — had more of an emotional effect than ever before. I had more memories of my tours in Korea and Vietnam as a young Marine now that I’m an older retired U.S. Marine.

  • John Newkirk

  • Sorry about the anti-semitism
    Editor:

    The Church of the Transfiguration wishes to extend its heartfelt condolences to the schoolchildren and their families affected by anti-Semitism in mountain area schools, as reported by the Canyon Courier.
    As Episcopalians and Christians, Judaism is our spiritual heritage. Our Lord was a Jew. We learned in a Seder led by Beth Evergreen’s Rabbi Jamie that we tell many of the same stories and we sing many of the same songs.

  • It’s awfully easy to criticize your political adversaries. It’s much harder to criticize your political allies. And when it comes to policy issues that is eminently reasonable. But when it comes to process and your allies violate the same important public policy principles you’ve lambasted your opponents for employing, there is an obligation to be consistent.