https://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Rohrer: Term limits versus gerrymandering https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/rohrer-term-limits-versus-gerrymandering <p> The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives election resulted in control moving from Republicans to Democrats despite a furious &ldquo;save the House&rdquo; effort by Republicans.</p> <p> Some are calling it a blue wave, yet even in this year of change, 91 percent of incumbents were re-elected. One hundred seventy-six Democrats ran for re-election and 99 percent, or 174, won. Two hundred two Republicans ran and 85 percent, or 171, won. There were 33 incumbents who didn&rsquo;t seek re-election and those seats resulted in a net gain of five seats for Democrats.</p> Our Readers Write https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/our-readers-write-294 <p> <strong>Thanks from Evergreen Music Festival organizer</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Many thanks for your article &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a Perfect Day&rsquo;&rdquo;about the Fourth of July Evergreen Music Festival!&nbsp;We&rsquo;re grateful to our 25 wonderful community sponsors plus our performers, volunteers, staff, children&rsquo;s artists and food trucks &mdash; they all contributed to our success.</p> Romberg: Replacing Columbine is not the answer https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/romberg-replacing-columbine-not-answer <p> Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass has suggested that the district consider razing Columbine High School and replacing it with a new Columbine. He cites the ongoing attention the school receives from people who are drawn there because of its history as the sight of the first significant school shooting in 1999 as a concern for school safety.</p> Our Readers Write https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/our-readers-write-293 <p> <strong>Friends of Evergreen Dog Park continue to look for space</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Friends of Evergreen Dog Park would like to respond to Rhea Slowik&rsquo;s July 2 letter to the editor.&nbsp;First and foremost, FEDP&rsquo;s goal is to advocate for and create a dog park in Evergreen that is a&nbsp;national model of community-based stewardship: one that provides the best possible off-leash environment, while protecting the natural resources of that area.</p> Romberg: Support for Proposition CC https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/romberg-support-proposition-cc <p> The various plots around TABOR continued to thicken last week as the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the amendment could be repealed in a single up or down vote and June revenue estimates suggested that state refunds would be much more significant than earlier believed.</p> <p> After the various landmines that TABOR author Douglas Bruce had imbedded in the amendment became obvious after TABOR passed in 1992, the legislature referred a constitutional amendment to Colorado voters limiting future constitutional amendments to a single subject.</p> Rohrer: 007 https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/rohrer-007 <p> It&rsquo;s the season for commencement addresses. I ran across this one given by Pierce Brosnan, also known as James Bond. Something about his ideas seemed to resonate. Here is part of what he told graduating Dickinson College students:</p> Our Readers Write https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/our-readers-write-292 <p> <strong>Evergreen doesn&rsquo;t need a dog park</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Once again the Evergreen community has been deliberately kept in the dark by Jefferson County Open Space Director Tom Hoby and Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe with private meetings being held since February 2019 to plot with the Friends of Evergreen Dog Park to place a park on private land.</p> Doyle: Endless election cycle https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/doyle-endless-election-cycle <p> Within months of the start of the most recent session of the Colorado State Legislature, four representatives and two senators became the targets of recall efforts. This may cause you to wonder what crimes these people committed to merit such a drastic response after just a few months of service at our state Capitol.</p> <p> The answer is none. There is absolutely no requirement for a targeted official to have committed any type of criminal offense, financial fraud, been deemed corrupt or incapable of doing their job to be subjected to a recall.</p>