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Today's Opinions

  • Non-stop race to November is upon us

    And then there were two. We’ve now narrowed the field from almost 30 people who filed paperwork with the secretary of state to run for governor as major party candidates to eight who qualified for primary ballots of the two major parties to the final nominees.  Colorado’s next governor will be either Democrat Jared Polis or Republican Walker Stapleton.

  • Our Readers Write

    Corporal punishment in schools must go  
    Editor:
    I am writing as a former school psychologist and grandmother of two children approaching school age. I would like very much to see Colorado join the list of 31 other states that have abolished corporal punishment in their public schools.
    Corporal punishment has been defined as “the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain so as to correct their misbehavior.”  

  • What’s wrong with our political system?

    I talk to lots of folks who express dismay that our political system is not working. Not only did we have two undesirable choices for president in 2016, but Congress has a 16 percent approval rating.
    Yet, over 90 percent of our representatives continue to be reelected. Research from the Pew Research Center shows that trust in government is at an all-time low, including during reconstruction after the Civil War. There has been a steady decline since a high just after 9/11.

  • Appreciation through reflection

    Although originally signed on July 2, 1776, our official date for celebrating our Declaration of Independence is today, July 4th. Unfortunately, for many, this is just a day off from work, a day to relax, maybe eat a couple of hot dogs, watch a few fireworks. There is little reflection on just what this day meant in 1776 and what this means today.

  • Our Readers Write

    Libertarian Party better for this country

    Editor:

    I read the letter to the editor “Supporting Neguse for Congress” and got immediately depressed. Since when, in America, do we run to “be” something instead of running “for” something?

    Since when, in America, is being a career politician “living the American dream?”

  • Casting votes with thought and foresight

    By Joe Webb, columnist

    Negative campaigning is one of the more unfortunate facts of politics. If you say that is true because negative campaigning is effective, then you’re engaging in shallow thinking.

    The real questions, in my mind, about negative campaigns are what gives rise to them, why they matter in the election of a public official and what their consequences are.

  • We must uphold our values, culture

    Parents are often told that among the most important things to observe and analyze are changes to their kids’ attitudes and activities and with whom they interact.

    It’s often found that when kids disassociate themselves from their longtime friends and positive influences and relationships, they become more vulnerable to negative influences that can make them more subject to destructive activities and harm.

  • Survey says: Jeffco community members, employees support direction and potential election questions

    Dr. Jason Glass