http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Sanders, Trump are flashes in the pan http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sanders-trump-are-flashes-pan <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_94.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Imagine the impact of a Bernie Sanders-versus-Donald Trump presidential election in 2016. Property values in Canada would likely skyrocket with the biggest exodus of Americans to Canada since the end of the draft.</p> <p> Fourteen months before the next presidential election, the biggest surprise has been the emergence of Sanders and Trump when conventional wisdom suggests that neither has any chance, or business, of becoming president of the United States. Their seeming viability results from completely different circumstances in our two major political parties.</p> End the uncertainty at Jeffco Schools http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/end-uncertainty-jeffco-schools <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_93.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The worst thing about the almost two years of turmoil that we&rsquo;ve experienced in Jefferson County schools is that it&rsquo;s been a continuing distraction from the school district&rsquo;s most important responsibility &mdash; to educate the kids who live in this county. Anything that distracts teachers from focusing their energy on giving kids the best possible education is a major flaw that should be resolved as soon as possible.</p> Summer a time to revel in reading http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/summer-time-revel-reading <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gerou-cheri_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> For our youths in the foothills, summer brings a freedom from school schedules for three brief months &mdash; you can read what you WANT to read. I was always excited about the first book of the summer &mdash; my choice. I love books. I love the feel of their weight, the smell and the look.&nbsp;To me, they represent a new beginning, hidden knowledge and the best of humanity.&nbsp;This may seem a bit romantic but &hellip; so be it &mdash; it&rsquo;s summer!</p> Unlikely candidates gaining traction http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/unlikely-candidates-gaining-traction <p> The political news is surprising as two unlikely candidates are soaring in the polls. Not many would expect a self-identified socialist to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, but U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining some traction. He trails her in a recent Iowa poll 52 percent to 33 percent. In New Hampshire, it&rsquo;s 56 percent to 24 percent. No, he is not the front-runner, but his strong numbers are very surprising, and Clinton must be looking over her shoulder.</p> When picking a hometown, schools matter http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/when-picking-hometown-schools-matter <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_92.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> These life events just keep marching on. Our baby turns 21 next week.</p> <p> Since we moved to Evergreen almost 18 years ago, we&rsquo;ve been through a lot of milestones. Two kids started school. Three kids completed elementary school, middle school and high school. Three kids had bat-mitzvahs. I turned 40 &hellip; and then 50 &hellip; and then more. (Luckily my wife is ageless and avoided these milestones.) We celebrated a silver wedding anniversary. Two kids graduated from college, one cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.</p> Primary system disenfranchises voters http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/primary-system-disenfranchises-voters <p> At Jeffco Schools, real-life civics lessons http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/jeffco-schools-real-life-civics-lessons <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_91.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Jefferson County students got a real-life lesson in civil disobedience last September when school board member Julie Williams suggested that a curriculum review committee be established that would, among other things, look into Advance Placement U.S. history classes with direction that &ldquo;materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.&rdquo;</p> Infighting threatens funding for arts http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/infighting-threatens-funding-arts <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_90.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered!</p> <p> That should be the simple lesson for some grousing small arts organizations that have argued that the proposal to continue the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and shift modest revenues from large organizations to smaller ones doesn&rsquo;t give them enough.</p>