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Opinion

  • Ecstatic about Dr. Glass as superintendent finalist
    Editor:

  • Ron Mitchell
    President, Jefferson County Board of Education

    The Jeffco Board of Education is very proud of the achievements gained this year to make Jeffco Schools one of the best in the nation. Our students and staff have demonstrated tremendous accomplishments in arts, sports and academics.

  • Greg Dobbs

    A really bad guy might be coming to the White House. President Donald Trump late last month invited his Filipino counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, to pay a visit.

    Duterte is the tough-talking tyrant who actually encouraged the “slaughter” by his own police of drug suspects — not just dealers, but even users. They’re called “extrajudicial killings.” That means no arrest, no trial, no jury, no conviction. Just death. An estimated 7,000 so far.

  • Thanks to Mountain Area Earth Day Fair Committee
    Editor:

    The 28th Annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair had a good turnout for a somewhat snowy, unsettled Saturday, April 22, at the Evergreen Lake House. April weather can be unpredictable, and this annual event has been snowed-out in past years. With several other area activities going on, this was the prime event for parents with kids.

  • John Newkirk

  • There are times when a government legitimately has just one finalist when hiring a chief executive. Here is a good example.

  • Jackie Ikola

  • Greg Dobbs

  • Jim Rohrer

  • I wonder if there’s something in the water at the Jefferson County School Board headquarters that makes people averse to transparency and compliance with Colorado’s Open Meetings Law. How else could you explain a Board of Education that came into office on the heels of a recall election where one of the biggest issues was lack of transparency, saying at a public board meeting that ensuring candidates to head the district can apply without fear that their names will become public is a high priority?

  • The phone rang at my one-bedroom apartment. It was my wife-to-be, even though at this point we weren’t dating. I could hear the tremble in her voice. Tears trickled down her cheeks. The horror was all too real for her to bear.
    We were a world away it seemed, residing in Rock Hill, S.C. It was where we met, but, on this day — April 20, 1999 — we were more than a couple-to-be. We were a part of a much bigger being — a nation mourning the most horrific high school shooting that our country had ever witnessed.

  • Greg Dobbs

  • In 1973, Sears was the premier retailer in the U.S. It scoffed at upstarts Kmart and Walmart, calling them discounters as opposed to what Sears men called legitimate retailers. The company’s headquarters was housed on Chicago’s westside in a very tough neighborhood.

  • Dr. Brenda Krage, Platte Canyon Schools Superintendent

  • Greg Dobbs

  • It never seemed like the rules were that important to a lot of people who used the Evergreen Bark Park. Dog waste was routinely left and not picked up.  Some people put the waste into plastic bags and then left the bags on the ground. When the parking lots were full, people routinely parked along the street, often right next to no parking signs. Other people didn’t use leashes when they took their dogs from their cars to the designated off-leash areas.

  • No more prescribed burns
    Editor:

    Regarding the five-year anniversary article on the Lower North Fork Fire: Nothing pro or con on prescribed burns was said. In my opinion, there ought to be a law against prescribed burns.
    Three people would still be alive and 23 houses still lived in off Kuehster Road near Conifer. I have lived down on Foxton Road for the past 50-plus years, building our home in 1964.
    Down with prescribed burns forever!
    Harlen Jim Helker
    Conifer

  • If you have been in a Sears store in the last few years, you could tell that the end was near for the 130-year-old retail giant.
    The saying “all good things come to an end” also applies to iconic companies. I remember my first day working for Sears starting as a trainee. I had resigned my commission as an Air Force officer to begin a retail career. I was certain I was doing the right thing.

  • John Newkirk

  • Donald Trump should not have been able to nominate a Supreme Court justice in the opening days of his presidency. It was unconscionable that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues didn’t give Merrick Garland a hearing where he would have proven that he was imminently qualified to serve on the high court and earned confirmation.