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Columns

  • Community Voices: Support Evergreen Rec District’s 6C, 6D

    Excellent parks and recreation opportunities support wellness and community cohesion. Ours, managed on our behalf by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, have flourished over time, but they have not kept pace with community needs.

    Who says so? You did, in five years of community polling. And then confirmed by a 38-member Citizen Task Force comprised of business and civic leaders, HOAs, seniors, and other stakeholders who helped shape Measures 6C and 6D.

  • Newkirk: Another billion-dollar beast

    It’s ballot season in the Rockies and — once again — the push is on for higher taxes.

    Among the larger requests are several initiatives to get more money into the public school system: a $1.6 billion statewide tax increase (Amendment 73) along with two local measures (5A and 5B) that come with $1 billion in taxpayer repayment obligations.

  • Doyle: Time for elected officials to work together

    My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful vacation. Our time away was made all the more enjoyable because we were untouched by the daily onslaught of national political news about the outrage du jour and, closer to home on the state and local fronts, the avalanche of political mailers, radio talk show rants and television commercials.

  • Community Voices: Clear Creek schools need voters’ help this election

    By Peter Monson and Phil Buckland

    There are two Clear Creek School District initiatives before the voters this November: 1) No. 4A, a mill levy override to increase employee pay; and 2), No. 4B, a short-term bond initiative to address critical infrastructure needs at every building in the district.

    Both initiatives are timed in such a way that they will not result in any increase in property taxes to taxpayers over current rates. We urge Clear Creek voters to support both of them.

  • Community Voices: How much is enough: recreation facilities in Evergreen

    By Kit Darrow

    Regarding ballot issues 6C and 6D, the Aug. 29, 2018, issue of the Canyon Courier offers a quote from an Evergreen Park & Recreation board member: “It’s up to folks who are supportive … to mobilize and get the word out.” The purpose of this column is to provide information to voters who have yet to decide on this issue.

  • Romberg: Looking at transportation, education ballot issues

    Most people who analyze the ways we spend public money in Colorado conclude that education and transportation are underfunded in our state. As we prepare to vote the ballots that will arrive in this week’s mail, we will see multiple and differing proposals to address the shortfalls.

  • Posner: There are no good excuses

    Ballots were mailed out on Monday. When yours arrives, it will be the most important piece of mail in your mailbox.

    This year’s midterm election carries enormous political stakes. But the vast majority of eligible voters will likely ignore their ballots and not bother to vote. Voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the Census Bureau first began tracking it in 1978. And only 23.1 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds voted.

  • Hicks: Our loss is Washington’s gain

    If you know Sal Christ, you know she’s not one to toot her own horn. She’s never been one who has wanted to be in the spotlight. But there comes a time when someone should take notice of what others have accomplished, and that’s the point of this column.

    A veteran journalist, Sal is leaving Evergreen Newspapers this week for a nine-month fellowship program with the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. Yes, Ms. Christ is going to Washington, and we here couldn’t be more happier for her.

  • We need divisiveness

    The recent Brett Kavanaugh circus has, in my opinion, drastically and negatively moved our political dialogue/process. We have been led by malicious, character-assassinating politicians into a dark place from which I seriously doubt that we will safely emerge in the near future.  
    We are now in a time and place where the new rules of political engagement are being written as we speak. Suffice it to say that we are now in the age of the Politics of Personal Destruction.

  • Ballot initiatives don’t deserve our support

    Two ballot initiatives that we’ll see on this year’s ballot are proof positive that people from a variety of political perspectives are more than capable of coming up with remarkably bad ideas.
    Opponents of fracking and people who want to restrict governments’ ability to take actions that restrict use of private property in any way — groups that you would be hard pressed to put in common — both have initiatives on the ballot that are much too extreme and should be defeated.