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Opinion

  • So, why did she really do it? What was Hillary Clinton’s real reason for running her public e-mail through a private device and with a specially installed private server in her home while she was secretary of state?

    Public business is the public’s business. It shouldn’t matter whether someone uses and pays for a personal device; the public policy remains the same. If a record is made, kept or maintained for a public purpose, the public deserves access to that record unless there is a specifically delineated exemption provided for in the law.

  • When the original “Star Trek” debuted in September 1966, our nation was about to be torn apart by an unpopular war in Vietnam and by race riots at home. In the nearly half-century since, the science-fiction juggernaut spawned five additional television series and 12 movies on its way to becoming a cultural icon.

    At first, many assumed “Star Trek” to be an escapist space opera, but it didn’t take long for the writers to begin secreting much bigger issues into their scripts, from racism to war to civil rights.

  • Mike Coffman, Colorado’s congressman from the 6th District, can be a bulldog.

    Once he latches onto something, he tends to hang on for dear life until the point he wants to make is clear or the issue he’s pursuing has come to some kind of resolution.

  • You know you’ve reached a certain point in life when a longtime friend is recognized as a legend. And so it was for Laurie and me last week when we attended the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame induction dinner to see South Jeffco resident Marcia Neville be inducted.

  • The Evergreen Fire Protection District has decided to impose a $500 fee on out-of-district residents who are at fault in auto accidents where EFPD responds. It is a terrible decision that should be revoked.

  • By Evergreen resident Peter Link

    Kevin Trenberth and I have known each other for about seven years. We disagree on global warming. We met again at the Foothills World Affairs Council meeting on Nov. 16, and though we shook hands in greeting, I was dismayed by his introduction of politics into his presentation, for which he used comic slides.

  • Thirty-five years ago, my husband, Phil, and I spent our honeymoon in England, Europe and Greece. Besides a celebration of our marriage, it was a genealogy trip. Phil has been tracing family history for more than 40 years. He loves it! That’s how I know Phil and I are 14th cousins, which explains the twitch that both of our children have … just kidding — about the twitch, I mean.

  • For the first time in 10 years, Colorado is generating enough tax revenue that the spending limitations in the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights are set to kick in next year. It’s estimated that the state will collect $137 million more than it is allowed to spend under TABOR. There is also about $30 million in marijuana tax revenue that the state cannot spend without voter approval.

    The legislature has several options to address the surplus and has used each of them in the six times TABOR has required action since it was passed by voters in 1992.

  • In what was arguably the best election night for Republicans since 1994, Colorado’s reputation as a very purple state has remained intact.

    Republicans made huge gains across the country. They picked up at least seven seats, including Colorado’s, in the U.S. Senate to take control of that body. They increased their majority in the U.S. House by at least 10 seats. They won several governor races, and Republican governors will now be in place in 31 states. They achieved significant gains in state legislatures around the country.

  • Six former HD25 legislators endorse Keyser

    Editor:

    As residents of House District 25 and as current and former members of the Colorado House of Representatives and Colorado Senate, we are writing to add our voices to the growing number of people in our community who are proudly supporting Jon Keyser for Colorado state representative.

  • Early in the afternoon of the first Monday in October (the day the Supreme Court convenes each year for its new term), I got an e-mail from House Speaker Mark Ferrandino titled “Love Wins.” It announced that the Supreme Court had declined to hear any of the marriage equality cases from various courts of appeals and that Attorney General John Suthers had announced he would take steps to clear the way for gay marriage in Colorado.

  • Out of life¹s worst moments can come life¹s best lessons.

    I’ve seen that at every natural disaster I’ve ever covered, where someone who just lost virtually every personal possession short of the shirt off his back still can manage to voice some variation of, “At least my family is safe, and that’s really all that matters.”

    Well, I just saw that spirit in spades at the restaurant across from Evergreen Lake called Willow Creek. The couple who own it, Kristopher and Curtis Lincoln, lost their daughter more than a decade ago.

  • “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson

    I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • And then there were four.

    While a lot of attention was focused on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s work to successfully negotiate an agreement to spare us from four competing ballot initiatives on fracking, four other ballot initiatives have made their way onto our November ballot.

    The topics range from personhood to gambling to open meetings to food labeling. In a somewhat refreshing twist, two of the four proposals are initiated laws instead of amendments to our state constitution.

  • Ride’s male-female ratio shows need to get more women involved

    Editor:

    My legs are sore, my mind is clear and my heart is happy. … I again finished the Triple Bypass, riding through 120 miles of our beautiful Colorado mountains!

  • Editor’s note: This column is the fourth installment in a five-part series that looks at the divisiveness in the U.S. Congress and offers possible solutions.

    The conventional wisdom, especially among Republicans, is that the news operations at the major networks favor the Democrats. It’s subtle, they say, but the stories they cover and the questions they ask show their left leaning. You might remember that Katie Couric ambushed Sarah Palin asking a trick question: “What publications do your read?”

  • Thanks for memorial bench

    Editor:

    A beautiful memorial bench in honor of Laurie Roe now sits in downtown Evergreen right outside Bear Creek Hair. Thanks to all those who generously donated money and time to make this a reality.

    Special thanks to the Ross Lewis Trust, Jake and Mary Jacobs, Terri and Gary Carroll, and Don and Michelle Beaglehole. The remaining funds from the memorial account will be donated to the Elks Lodge. We hope everyone will stop by, sit on the bench and enjoy the beautiful garden.

  • When metro area voters were being asked to extend the sales tax that had been established to build Coors Field in 1998 so a new football stadium could be built to replace aging Mile High Stadium for the Broncos, the polling showed something fascinating. One of the biggest obstacles to passage of the proposal was voters’ personal animosity toward Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

  • Thanks to the deputies who apprehended carjacking suspect

    Editor:

    I just want to say thank you to the Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies who apprehended and subdued a heavily armed carjacking suspect last week on Interstate 70.

    As the video shows, deputies risked their own safety for the sake of their fellow citizens. I’m sure you guys would say you were just doing your jobs, but that doesn’t make this community any less grateful. Thank you again.

    Rob Witwer, Genesee