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Today's Opinions

  • Doyle: Being a courteous trail user

    I’ve seen the first daffodils and crocus popping up with splashes of color here and there. Spring has finally arrived!

    We all know that means the trails throughout our community will see an increasing number of bikers, hikers, runners, horseback riders and their four-legged companions, including a few llamas. Now is a good time to remember how important it is to be kind to our beautiful mountain environment and to other trail users.

  • Rohrer: Truth and the internet

    I decided to get to the root cause of the Colorado Rockies’ poor start. Armed with a Google search that revealed all the relevant statistics, I was able to become an instant expert.

    I thought about sending a helpful note to the owners, but then I realized that knowing who wasn’t hitting didn’t make me an expert. There are many within the organization who know the players’ capabilities well and have already determined the root causes for the extended slump. I felt a little foolish for my impulse to help.

  • Romberg: We deserve better

    In the last month Colorado’s two largest public universities have chosen new presidents. While it appears that Joyce McConnell, provost for the University of West Virginia, and Mark Kennedy, president of the University of North Dakota, are more than qualified to serve at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, both schools continued their histories of ignoring the sunshine law and insulting Colorado taxpayers. They did so by blatantly snubbing their noses at the intent of the law that the public know who are finalists for these kinds of jobs.

  • Community voice: Informing the next generation

    Last month, at the state Capitol I heard testimony regarding HB19-1032, “The Youth Wellness Act.” The bill’s stated goal is to provide age-appropriate, culturally-sensitive, inclusive, positive (not punitive) and comprehensive educational resources to public schools that choose to offer sex education.

  • Rohrer: Listening to each other

    In his inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.” Yet, we are quite divided. We focus on what divides us rather than the things we agree on. We consider our political opponents to be enemies. We see our side as driven by virtue, while those Americans who see things differently are ruining the country. How did this happen? Consider the following:

  • Our Readers Write

    People Comforters received Individual of the Year award

    Editor:

    The article in the April 3 issue about the sheriff’s awards, authored by Deborah Swearingen, neglected to mention that Juel De Cicco, director of People Comforters of Evergreen, was awarded Individual of the Year by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Rohrer: America is looking for a little respect

    I laughed out loud when I read that a man leading the Alaskan dogsled Iditarod race had his dogs stop pulling after he spoke harshly to one of them. Although he had a significant lead, he lost it because the dogs were upset enough by the man’s actions to refuse to pull the sled. Disrespect one dog and you disrespect all of them.

  • Romberg: More civility and respect needed

    There’s always a tension between the majority and minority in legislative bodies and the minority has limited tools. At the federal level, the fact that most actions of the United States Senate can be stopped unless 60 percent of senators agree for them to move forward is an important tool for incremental change.