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Columns

  • 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.

  • A beltway paved in bad intentions

    “Mr. Dillinger, why do you rob banks?”
    “Because, that is where the money is.”

    Robbing banks is one thing. But robbing senior citizens, the mentally ill and an organization that serves kids who have endured domestic violence and homelessness? Not even Jefferson County could rise to that level of Grinchliness during the holidays, right?

  • Is this an argument we need to have?

    How can we talk about the shootings in Connecticut — or Aurora or Columbine or Virginia Tech or an Oregon shopping mall or anywhere else — without getting into an argument?

  • Finding our way to actual solutions

    Readers might be wondering why this week’s Courier has no stories with local reaction to the massacre in Newtown, Conn. — and that’s a fair question.

  • Seceding from rational thought

    Just think of the opportunities secession will give to Coloradans from all walks of life. Once we rid ourselves of that evil scourge that’s haunted us since we became a state a tortuous 136 years ago, we can move on and meet our true destiny.

  • Pondering an election post-mortem

    Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to digest election results, I find myself with observations about what we’ve seen and will see at all levels of government.

  • Precautions against online child predation

    By Ted Mink

    Online child predators can interact with children through a variety of channels: computers, video games, handheld gaming devices and mobile phones. These tools make millions of people accessible at your child’s fingertips … and vice versa. Paradoxically, young people asserting their individuality online remain very vulnerable to predation. Their innocence, natural curiosity, desire for attention, ingrained trust in adults, and/or desire to rebel against their parents can lead them into the path of someone who could harm them.
     

  • Don’t let Laura Boggs bog us down

    It’s stupid to suggest that someone be shot because of how she does her job. It’s unfortunate when people in the public eye don’t consider the consequences of the words they choose to make a point. It’s just as unfortunate when stupid comments and unfortunate choices drag on and detract from the real and important work we need from our public officials.

  • Ballot items: some good, some bad

    For as long as I can remember, the Colorado state personnel system has been characterized as being overly bureaucratic and restrictive. This year, we have a chance to do something about it.