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Today's Opinions

  • Our Readers Write

    Kaiser Permanente closure is disturbing
    Editor:
    My blood is boiling! The recent announcement that Kaiser is closing its Evergreen office is disturbing on many levels.
    Why was the news announced in our local paper before patients were notified? I received an automated phone call on Friday, Dec. 7, and a letter on Saturday the 8th AFTER the news was published in the Courier.
    Patients were not even given the courtesy of a full 30 days of the change. I notice this happened after open enrollment ended. Is that a coincidence?

  • Posner: Of snowballs and bad law

    Last time, we spoke about bedrock constitutional principles we can’t do without.
    This time, in honor of the 12 days of Christmas, and the eight days of Hanukkah, and the old jelly-belly “ho-ho-ho!,” let’s have a laugh at some Colorado laws we can easily do without.
    This column is in honor of Dane Best, a 9-year-old in Severance, Colo., who recently persuaded the
    town council to overturn
    a town law prohibiting snowball fights.

  • Riddell: ‘Screwtape politics’

    Perhaps you’ve heard of the recent surreptitious discovery of a heretofore top-secret code book. The booklet apparently has been widely circulated among Progressive Democratic Party operatives and is rather explicit in its guidelines for use. This information was forwarded to me by a former card-carrying member of the book’s Pocket Progressive Democrats. This fellow is now hiding out in a box of uncounted ballots somewhere in the swamps of Florida.

  • Glass: 5A, 5B will bring a positive impact to Jeffco schools

    Dr. Jason Glass

    The results of the 2018 election have finally been certified and they mean improved opportunities for students, better pay for our educators and staff, and improved buildings in Jeffco.
    During this election cycle, I talked extensively with people in our community about their choices on the ballot.
    With ballot questions 5A and 5B as local measures and Amendment 73 at the state level, voters in Jeffco had important and meaningful options to consider.

  • Riddell: Politics and the judicial system

    Many of us like to take comfort in the illusion that we are all equal in the eyes of the law. We like to think that the law is simply a matter of white or black, a clarity of justifiable correctness.
    Yet we see daily that its application results in varying shades of oftentimes confusing and confounding grayness. Have you ever wondered what affects the degree of shading?

  • Posner: Holiday healing

    Steve Posner

  • Our Readers Write

    Learning about the United States
    Editor:
    The fourth-grade at Aviston Elementary, located in southern Illinois, is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources, and highlights found in each region. The kids in the class think it would be fun to receive postcards, souvenirs, resources, or any information about out great country from each of the 50 states.
    We hope that people who read this letter will be interested in mailing our class items pertaining to their state.

  • Romberg: Giving season can be a taxing situation

    As we near the end of 2018 and many people make their end-of-the-year charitable gifts, it will be interesting to see how our new tax laws impact charitable contributions in Colorado and across the country.
    Under the new law, the standard deduction has increased to $12,000 from $6,350 for individuals and to $24,000 from $12,700 for married couples. This change means that the number of people who will take the standard deduction will increase significantly.