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Columns

  • Of mice, men and the end of the republic

    The flooding that hit Evergreen and parts of Jefferson and Clear Creek counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

  • Make your voice heard in school board election

    Here we go again! There are three seats up for grabs on the Jefferson County Board of Education, and as was the case two years ago when the other two seats on the board were filled, no incumbents are running for re-election. And as also was the case the last time we elected school board members in Jefferson County, there are stark differences between the candidates.

  • District needs civility to bloom

    An early giant in the journalism trade was fond of saying that practically every political story boils down to two issues: conflict and cash.
    And while our members of Congress continue to clash over cash, the Jeffco school district is cramming our news columns with conflict, both ideological and, now, physical.
    The months-long controversy over the district’s plan to test the inBloom system for storing student information boiled over last week when shoving broke out between a resident and two district staff members at a school board meeting.

  • The best of us, the worst of us

    In the wake of the catastrophic destruction and loss of property and life caused by the floods that ravaged our state earlier this month, many things come to mind. It reminds us of several things, including the ominous power of nature, our capacity to endure difficult situations, and how the inherent good and evil of people to either reach out and help those in need or to take advantage of a terrible situation show that disasters bring out both the best and the worst in people.

  • 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.

  • Board majority must reveal vision

    Maybe they just got tired of being called the new conservative majority.

  • A bad ending; positive steps needed

    You had to know it wouldn’t end well. And it didn’t!

  • Congress needs to hear citizens’ voices

    By Jim Rohrer
    Is there anyone who is not fed up with Congress? We have a government shutdown, and a more serious crisis looms if Congress doesn’t come to some agreement about extending the debt limit.

  • Our Readers Write

    Lamontagne the right choice for Jeffco school board
    Editor:
    I attended the Jeffco school board candidate forum in Evergreen to get a better feel for the qualifications and opinions of the candidates with regard to the issues our county is facing. District 2 candidate Jeff Lamontagne demonstrated that he would bring a balanced voice and a long-term, solutions-oriented commitment to the Jeffco school board.

  • Scooters, pocket bikes, mo-peds, etc.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has noted a wave of community questions, concerns and confusion as electric- and gas-powered scooters have increased in popularity. Often called “go-peds” or “razor scooters,” these vehicles look more like small motorcycles than simple scooters.