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Opinion

  • I can pinpoint the date like it was yesterday. In actuality, it was May 1. That was the day that e-mails started to sprinkle in to my inbox with comments, letters to the editors and columns. It was the day that Jeffco Public Schools announced Dr. Jason E. Glass as its one and only finalist for its superintendent position.
    That’s when the floodgates opened.

  • Million dollar superintendent
    Editor:

  • The disrespect shown by some Notre Dame students to their commencement speaker — Vice President Mike Pence — is not an isolated incident. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a non-profit group founded in 1999 that focuses on civil liberties in academia in the United States.

  • Greg Dobbs

  • Ryan Alsup, it’s probably pretty safe to say, had the best view, both in the classroom and on the playing surface, when it came to Evergreen High School’s student-athletes in 2016-17. And what a joy it was to watch.

  • Hiring of Jeffco superintendent
    Editor:

    In a recent Courier column, John Newkirk, one of the former Jeffco school board members, recently recalled by 65 percent of the voters, made inaccurate comparisons with former and current school boards regarding the hiring of the county’s superintendent.

  • Highly respected Evergreen based airline consultant Mike Boyd told our Rotary Club that we should not anticipate the airline industry improving its customer service. Boyd pointed out that the airlines have rationalized the routes resulting in full airplanes all the time. Therefore, he explained, there is no incentive for airlines to improve customer service. He’s right as domestic airline  ravel has become similar to riding a bus. Perhaps airlines will soon sell tickets in which passengers stand in the aisle hanging onto a strap.

  • After a flurry of activity in the waning days of the session, the accomplishments of the 2017 Colorado legislature may well be the most productive with a split legislature in the history of our state.

  • 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