Today's Opinions

  • Get ready for a wild ride, Colorado

    Just 52 weeks from now, we’ll decide who’ll succeed John Hickenlooper as Colorado’s governor. All indications are we’re in for a wild ride.
       At the end of October, 26 active candidates were listed as gubernatorial candidates on the Secretary of State’s website. And shortly after a poll suggested former Congressman Tom Tancredo would run best among Republican candidates, he jumped into the race as well.

  • Our Readers Write

    Time for NEW voices on Jeffco school board

  • Pragmatism or ideology … an election choice
  • Wildfire victims ponder the question

    Where do we even start?
    For people in Northern California right now who’ve been sifting through the ashes of their lives that’s what they’ve got to be asking: Where do we start? How do we begin to rebuild? When will we ever again feel normal? And our question here in the high country of Colorado is will we ever have to ask something similar ourselves?

  • Our Readers Write

    Misleading election information, again
    This past week, I received promotional material about the upcoming school board elections and why I should vote for the three incumbents. I found the brochure full of misleading information. First, the current board claims they are “making sure our graduates are ready for college.” Last year, graduation rates in Jeffco dropped vs. prior year. Per the 2016 ACT scores, seven out of 10 11th-graders failed to meet college and career benchmarks. 

  • Pursuit of goodness or greatness?

    Isn’t it odd how sometimes several ideas come into our heads that support each other. I don’t know how that happens, but my pastor may have a theory. It occurred to me that when this happens, perhaps I should write down the ideas and share them.
    Last week at Rotary, we were reminded how a businessman, Herbert J. Taylor, transformed a failing business into a successful one by implementing four principles and making them the guiding values of the business. They are now called the Rotary Four-Way Test: Of all the things we think, say and do

  • Stealey left his mark on political landscape

    We lost a giant of Colorado politics earlier this month with the passing of Wally Stealey. I was privileged to know and work with (and against) him for the better part of 30 years. He graciously was a mentor to me and then even more graciously allowed our relationship to transition into that of friends and colleagues as I got older and more experienced.

  • Our Readers Write

    Could we be the next California?
    Could we be next?  Another California?  They cloud-seed, too.
    I have written for years about the cloud-seeding program. My well is basically dry. A new well a 1,000 feet away from my property was drilled this summer; they went down a 1,000 feet and got a gallon a minute. The farmers and ranchers east of the Continental Divide no longer have snow cover in the winter to protect their crops.