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Columns

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson 

     

     I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • Listen to a story about a man named Jed

    “Follow him to hell!”

    One of the more memorable things from my four springs as a student at Colorado State University was the annual pilgrimage to Fort Collins by a street preacher named Jed. Jed would place himself on the wall between the Social Sciences Building and the library and, at the top of his lungs, harangue any student in earshot about the terrible choices we were all making and the inevitable consequences of our transgressions.

  • COMMUNITY VOICES: Is Littleton getting bigger in all the wrong ways?

    By Betty Harris

    Does Littleton have an inferiority complex, or is that complex merely a reflection of some of the members of the city council? What is the purpose of spending $50,000 on a new logo and slogan when the council continues to complain about lack of revenue? Will a logo and slogan draw in more people? Will they pull in more customers and more revenue when masses of people have moved to shopping online because it is easier?

  • Board, teachers must be reasonable

     Impasse!

    It’s a word that hardly sounds positive when it comes to a negotiation. And yet, it is what the teachers union declared last week before walking out on negotiations for a new contract with the Jefferson County Board of Education.

    Not to be the eternal optimist, but designation of an impasse may be just what the doctor ordered, as it will lead to designation of a mediator between two groups that seem to have little trust for each other in a possible standoff where there’s plenty of blame to go around.

  • COMMUNITY VOICES: Impending changes at Chatfield cause concern

    By state Sen. Andy Kerr

    To residents of state Senate District 22 and others:

  • Of open meetings and closed governments

    Say what you will about Littleton resident Carol Brzeczek — just say it in public.

  • State legislators are racing to the finish line

    They’re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.
    The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we’ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.

  • Dueling views OK; actual duels are not

    The recent party caucuses marked the beginning of the political season, which has its World Series in November. This may not be as exciting to most of us as opening day at Coors Field, but the first pitch has been thrown out for the political season.

  • Farewell to politics: The ‘fields’ beckon

    By Cheri Gerou

  • Access to information nurtures democracy

    By Jeffrey A. Roberts
    “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
    Louis Brandeis wrote these words a century ago, before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, to note the power of publicity as a cure for “social and industrial diseases” like the inequities fostered by the corporate monopolies of his time.