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Columns

  • 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.

  • Explaining votes on gun control bills

    By State Sen. Jeanne Nicholson

  • Democrats prevail on two key issues

    When Democrats claimed control of both houses of the Colorado General Assembly in last November’s elections, there was little doubt that two priority issues would be enacted once the legislature convened. Just over halfway through the 120-day session, bills to establish civil unions and to allow illegal immigrants who matriculated at Colorado high schools to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in our state have passed.

  • Gun control’s unintended consequences

    As a student living on Chicago’s south side in the early 1990s, I understood that the beginning of spring brought not only warmer days, but the sound of gunfire at night. Sometimes it would be the single shot from a handgun, and occasionally it would be the “pop-pop-pop” of a semi-automatic weapon. 

     

  • Don’t make a stink — think pink

    During the first couple months of this year’s legislative session, I supported a bill on which the opponents didn’t feel at all constrained by either the truth or any kind of ethical behavior. And while my policy not to write about things I work on will spare you the details, it reminded me of a learning experience I had early in my career.

     

  • 9/11 changed more than we think

    My 10-year-old recently asked me what exactly happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Rather than try to explain it, I searched YouTube and found a video of a newscast that relayed in real time the violence of that awful morning.

  • Gun bills have high-power profile

    A month into the 2013 session of the Colorado General Assembly, majority Democrats announced their package of gun-control bills at a news conference at the state Capitol last week.

  • A hard look at school safety

    The shocking and senseless murder of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is a painful reminder that schools are not always the safe havens we expect them to be. The incident has caused us all to ask again, how can we improve school safety when resources are limited?

  • We’re Americans, not Dems and Republicans

    About a week after the November election, I sat down to lunch with two friends from my days in the legislature, one a former high-ranking AFL-CIO officer, and the other a conservative former state senator.