• 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.

  • To tax or not to tax … that is the question

    You may also have listened to the questions being asked of some of the Tea Party groups that are asking the government for tax-free status on the basis that they are primarily a public service organization, and not an organization dedicated to political purposes. My take is that they were asked mostly appropriate questions.

  • Time to address public-ed funding
  • Schools’ 2013-14 budget reflects good financial stewardship

    By Lesley Dahlkemper
    The voters of Jefferson County knew it was time to step up for the future of students when they gave a resounding “yes” to ballot measures 3A and 3B last November.
    Voters’ generosity ensured that Jeffco Schools would not have to make $45 million in reductions during the 2013-14 school year. These reductions would have resulted in the loss of 600 jobs and the elimination of important programs for our students.

  • Now liberals have their own Nixon

    If you took a social studies class in the past 30 years, there’s no way you could avoid knowing chapter and verse about McCarthyism, J. Edgar Hoover’s abuses at the FBI, and President Nixon’s “enemies list.”

  • Schools' 2013-14 budget reflects good financial stewardship

    By Lesley Dahlkemper

    School Board President

  • Tallying the 2013 legislative scorecard

    The Colorado legislature adjourned May 8 after completing the work of the first session of the 69th General Assembly. Highly contentious issues and partisan wrangling characterized the session. Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the governor’s office after a two-year period in which control of the legislature was split, as Republicans controlled the House in 2011 and 2012 by a narrow 33-32 margin.

  • Examining the illusion of safety (and its risks)

    Most Americans over the age of 40 grew up with an omnipresent fear of nuclear war. Fear might be too weak a word — terror is more like it.

  • Reporting, not endorsing, the news

    In Colorado and in South Jeffco, the social and political landscapes have seen significant changes over the last couple of years, and we all know that change can be difficult.
    But it can also be newsworthy.
    Our mission here at the Courier is to report that news as thoroughly and objectively as possible within the scope of our resources, and to reflect all aspects of the community we cover.