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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Parking recreational vehicles — know the rules

    Curbside parking of recreational vehicles and trailers has posed a problem for some Jefferson County neighborhoods in the last several months. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for enforcing the parking ordinance. The ordinance does not prohibit the parking of recreational vehicles and trailers outright. It simply limits the amount of time such vehicles may be legally parked on the street to 28 days in a year’s time.

    Recreational vehicles and trailers

  • 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.

  • 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.”