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Opinion

  • You have to wonder if the two new members of the Jefferson County Board of Education go to bed each night thinking, “Be careful what you wish for …”

  • Another season, another scandal. This time, a minor car accident in Florida gave rise to a story that culminated in Tiger Woods issuing a public statement confessing to “transgressions.”

    In what appears to be a semi-annual ritual, the press is having a field day with the foibles of another celebrity. Talk shows talk. Experts offer opinions. Eyebrows are raised. Heads move gravely from side to side.

    Are we the better for it?

  • With recent news of libraries closing, hours being cut and services being reduced around the Denver area and the nation, it’s important not to lose sight of the growing need for library services in the community.

  • When Colorado voters passed Amendment 20 in 2000 to legalize the use of medical marijuana, it would have been hard to predict that the program would explode to such an extent in 2009 that Atlantic Monthly would use the term “ganjaprenuership” to explain what is going on here in its Aug. 26 issue.

  • Dear Jeffco commissioners:

    I hadn’t heard from you recently, so I wanted to write and see how things were going. Our attorney was on the phone the other day, and he also asked after the three of you.

    Specifically, we’re wondering about the letter we sent you on Monday, July 27 — the one pointing out that your discussion of public business via e-mail was a clear violation of Colorado law.

  • Last week brought news that state Sen. Dan Gibbs, who represents much of western Jefferson County, is retiring. I’d like to thank him for his service.

  • We represent our community’s citizens who strongly oppose the impending transfer of management control of Exempla Lutheran and Good Samaritan medical centers to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.

    This means that control over our two Colorado-built and -funded hospitals — whose assets total $300 million to $500 million — will be transferred to the Kansas-based organization. We believe that ownership of these assets could later be transferred to SCLHS.

  • Commissioner Kevin McCasky’s “controlled” discussion of the proposed Northwest Parkway (to connect C-470 with E-470) at the Lake House town hall meeting on Nov. 2 raises the question of whether building the Northwest Parkway with private funds depends on the government’s use of eminent domain.

  • “My friends have come to me unsought. The great God gave them to me.”

    — Emerson, from his essay “Friendship”

  • I’ve had my share of senior moments the last week, more of them unforgettable than forgetful.

    No single piece of mail can more brutally deliver mortality’s sharp stick in the eye than the dreaded AARP membership packet, and my own little reminder of the five-decade milestone came when seniors and their concerns were uppermost on my mind.

  • It’s ironic, isn’t it? Here we have access to more information than at any time in history, yet more than ever it seems we prefer to get our information from just the handful of sources reflecting only our own world views.

    My friends on the left visit websites like Daily Kos, Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo. They listen to 760 AM on the radio and watch MSNBC.

    On the conservative side, we read posts on Town Hall, Drudge Report and National Review Online. We listen to 710 AM and tune into Fox News in the evening.

  • In an effort to maximize efficient use of facilities and save money, the Jefferson County Board of Education has convened a 30-member community committee to review its facilities. Forty-five options to adjust how different buildings are used have been developed, and four community meetings are scheduled over the next week to solicit public input on possible changes.

  • I was on a flight back to Denver when the pilot came on the speaker with an announcement. 

    “For those of you following the ‘balloon boy’ story,” he said, “I’ve got great news — they found him in the garage, safe and sound.”

    There was some scattered applause and a little excited conversation. 

  • The bloom of term limits in Colorado seems to be off the rose.

  • Hannah Hayes

    When Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who directed the Manhattan Project, witnessed the first atomic explosion, he quoted a line from the Bhagavad-Gita, “I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds.” The military smiled, and the rest of us started worrying.

  • By Hannah Hayes

    Evergreen Peace has the October display “Water Wars” at the Evergreen Public Library. Water issues have already caused numerous political and economic battles. Conflicts loom large as global-warming signals, such as melting polar ice caps, heightened hurricane activity and harsher drought and flood cycles, make water increasingly precious.

  • Emily’s List, an organization that was formed to support the election of pro-choice Democratic women, is named based upon what has become an increasingly true idiom of political campaigns. Emily stands for “Early money is like yeast.” Candidates’ ability to raise funds in the early stages of campaigns has something to do with how they will use that money in their campaigns, but has much more do to with how their campaigns are viewed by others.

  • While it took everyone by surprise — like a natural disaster — after my initial bewilderment, I decided to take stock of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Barack Obama. I am a legal immigrant to America, 10 years, silent lips, turning always the other cheek, giving always the second coat, observing always the laws of both my country of adoption and origin.

  • This month, Jefferson County residents will receive mail ballots for the “odd year” election. Among other questions, we will be asked whether to extend term limits for certain county officers and the district attorney, not the county commissioners.

    These will be presented as two separate ballot questions. In both cases, a “yes” vote would extend limits from two consecutive four-year terms to three consecutive four-year terms.

    I plan to vote “yes” on both.

  • By Hannah Hayes