Today's Opinions

  • An election post-mortem

    Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to digest election results, I find myself with observations about what we’ve seen and will see at all levels of government.

    On a federal level, I’m hopeful that now President Obama has won another term and will never run for re-election again, that we’ll find the necessary cooperation between the president and Congress to avert the fiscal cliff in the next few weeks and to address important issues more constructively going forward.

  • From insurrection, love for a new country

    “But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free —
    We love our land for what she is and what she is to be”
    — from “America For Me,” by Henry Van Dyke

    Poetry creates insurrection. When I created an assignment using poetry to teach grammar and communication, my ESL students marched off to the dean’s office to complain.
    “We signed up to study grammar, not poetry.”

  • Our Readers Write

    Thanks to retailers for supporting Raise the Woof! Gala
    I want to extend a HUGE thank-you to the numerous Evergreen retailers who gave so generously to support the Raise the Woof! Gala to benefit Foothills Animal Shelter.
    Your community spirit and support of the animals were both overwhelmingly positive and humbling. Our event raised $90,000! Thank you, Evergreen!
    PJ Jones
    2012 chair, Raise the Woof! Gala

  • Let’s hear it for law enforcement

    We all breathed a sigh of relief when the Westminster Police Department announced it had Jessica Ridgeway’s suspected killer in custody. But in the days following his capture, we are learning the extent to which this result was made possible by great police work.

  • 3A/3B critical to providing Jeffco kids the best education

    By Pam Linquist
    In November, Jefferson County voters have very important decisions to make. The outcome on ballot measures 3A and 3B will affect Jefferson County Public Schools forever, because if they fail, we all lose.
    Both sides have valid points regarding Jeffco’s education, but one side doesn’t solve our immediate need today.

  • Our Readers Write

    Anti-Obama letters were hypocritical and lacking facts

  • Ballot items: some good, some bad

    For as long as I can remember, the Colorado state personnel system has been characterized as being overly bureaucratic and restrictive. This year, we have a chance to do something about it.
    Based upon Tammany Hall-type scandals involving government employees around the country in the last half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, governments across the United States enacted merit-based personnel systems that made it all but impossible for politicians to reward their political allies with government jobs as rewards for their loyalties.

  • Our Readers Write

    Thanks to People Comforters
    I have to thank you for doing the story on the angels who are involved in People Comforters. As a recipient of one of their beautiful pieces of handiwork, I want to let them know how much the quilt we received means to us.