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Columns

  • Foothills seeking input on land sale proposal

    By Ron Hopp

  • Info wars: The empire strikes back

    A short time ago in a county very, very nearby, a group of small weekly newspapers launched an investigation into a land deal that the Jeffco empire presented as a routine open-space purchase.

  • Election pivotal for school district

    When Laura Boggs was elected to the Jefferson County Board of Education two years ago, it caught a lot of people by surprise. It looked like incumbent Sue Marinelli was headed for re-election in an uncontested race until Boggs pulled and returned candidate papers just before the deadline. Running under the radar, Boggs upset the incumbent and has been a controversial and polarizing member of the school board in her first two years.

  • Are colleges spending funds wisely?

    If you watched a recent college football game between the universities of Utah and Southern California, you couldn’t have missed a somewhat strange interlude when the announcers rattled off statistics about the amount of money PAC 12 universities are spending on stadiums.

  • Losing a library is a bad idea

    “The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    — Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    Novelist Kurt Vonnegut considered almost nothing to be sacred — except libraries. He viewed them as a place to go when you are bereft, lost, lonely, a place which offers the sort of sustenance that calories alone can’t provide.

  • League of Women Voters celebrates anniversary of women’s suffrage

    Women celebrated 91 years of voting on Aug. 26, which marks the 91st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the right to vote to all American women.

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Boulder ballot misses the point

    On Nov. 1, 2011, municipalities across Colorado will conduct elections. Voters in those cities and towns will be picking mayors and members of their city councils. They will decide on tax questions and other issues concerning how their cities will operate.
    And then there is Boulder.

  • K-12 funding needs a solution

    An odd convergence took place last Monday when oral arguments began in the case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado and supporters of Initiative 25 turned in nearly twice as many signatures to the secretary of state as are necessary to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

  • The time has come for leadership

    Last week, I sat down for coffee with a recent college graduate. The young man, whom I’ll call “K,” worked his way through ROTC, took a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army, and now serves in an Army engineer company.
    K is the son of immigrants, a first-generation American. He’s a student of American history, especially the founding era. And he understands as well as anyone I know the principles that animate the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. What’s more, he believes in those principles to the core of his being.