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Columns

  • On Syria, I’ll trust the experts

    When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his country’s citizens, killing more than 1,400 people, including defenseless children, he crossed a line for most Americans. While there is still much consternation over whether a military response is appropriate and, if so, how we limit our exposure and don’t get sucked into another seemingly endless intervention, there seems to be some consensus that the act of gassing innocents in Syria deserves a response.

  • InBloom concerns need attention

    By Paula Noonan
    Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson is traveling across the county to discuss various Jeffco education initiatives. One program, a large information technology pilot project called inBloom, will collect, store and distribute personal student data on off-site Amazon “cloud” servers managed by non-district employees.
    Information will include, at least, student ID number, name, address, test scores, demographic information, grades, assessments and some medical  information.

  • The secessionists have seceded from reality

    After spending two months trying to come up with a single argument that there is any reason for 10 counties in northeast Colorado to form the state of Northern Colorado, I’ve come up with a reason. It’s not particularly compelling, but it’s something. They’ve already got their state university. The university in Greeley is called the University of Northern Colorado.

  • State Fair shapes the future of agriculture

    By John Salazar
    Later this month, Coloradans from across the state will converge on Pueblo for the 141st Colorado State Fair. While the event promises a top-notch carnival, national recording artists and entertainment galore, don’t forget the true mission of the fair is based on agriculture and education.

  • In NYC, politics takes turn for the bizarre

    During the 1983 session of the Colorado General Assembly, state Rep. Arie Taylor of Denver introduced legislation to prohibit a person from holding more than one elected office at the same time. She was unhappy that Bob Crider was simultaneously serving on both the Denver City Council and the Denver Board of Education. The bill easily passed its first committee vote and appeared headed for passage in the House of Representatives when a freshman legislator from northwest Colorado, Dave Wattenberg, got up to speak.

  • CDOT launches Share the Road, Friend campaign

    In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on Colorado roads, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a statewide public awareness campaign that encourages everyone to uphold their mutual responsibility to share the road.
    Since 2002, Colorado has seen pedestrian fatalities increase by 9.8 percent and bicyclist deaths grow by 44 percent. More recently, Colorado experienced a 66 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities and a 63 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities from 2011 to 2012.

  • Learn how to thwart cyber crime

    If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past 40 years of fighting crime, it’s that you need to be smarter than the crooks. Lately they’ve found a new place to prowl — online.

  • Looking at 2014 congressional races

    What a difference a congressional election cycle can make! Two years ago, before the congressional district boundaries had even been finalized, Democratic candidates were off and running in the 2012 elections for three of the four congressional seats Republicans held in Colorado. Only Doug Lamborn, from the reliably Republican 5th Congressional District that is dominated by Colorado Springs, didn’t have an announced challenger.

  • Once again, Abe Lincoln nails it

    Oh, to be transported back to a more innocent time, just a few weeks ago, when the greatest problem with the exercise of federal power seemed (merely) to be the Internal Revenue Service’s selective targeting of a handful of political organizations. Compared to what we’ve learned since, the IRS scandal seems a passing trifle.

  • Motorcycles have limits — know them

    By Sheriff Ted Mink
    When you earn your motorcycle endorsement, the letter “M” is stamped on your driver’s license right next to height, as if “motorcycle” was just another part of your physical characteristics, or maybe a mental condition. You see, cars deceive us into thinking we’re safe and in control. The air-conditioning fans murmur a sense of tranquility. Motorcycles tell us we are small and exposed, and probably moving too fast for our own good, but that’s no reason not to enjoy every minute of the ride.