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Today's Opinions

  • Home rule could give Jeffco residents stronger voice

    Jefferson County has the largest unincorporated urban area in the United States; the area known as “South Jeffco” alone contains more than 100,000 residents. If it were to incorporate as a city, it would be among the largest cities in the state.

    When the Colorado Constitution was enacted in 1876, such an urbanized unincorporated area was never imagined. Consequently, the structure of county government in our state makes it difficult for counties to enact ordinances to regulate graffiti and other urban problems.

  • Our future: the journalism of hope

    “For suddenly he was thinking … that if he was not a writer, he was not real, that he did not exist.”

    — Robert Penn Warren, in “Flood”

    As Coloradans listen to the echoes of a great voice gone suddenly silent, the words of Robert Penn Warren ring quietly and persistently for me in the void.

  • Coffman puts ideology before economic recovery

    Editor:

    After a decade of choosing to be represented by Tom Tancredo, the most rabid hate-monger in the U.S. government since Joe McCarthy, Congressional District 6 seems determined to continue to embarrass itself and injure the nation by choosing as its congressional delegate the ethically and intellectually challenged partisan hack Mike Coffman.

  • In tough times, newspaper and readers can help each other

    We’ve been hearing every day for months now about the bad economy. Every night we go home to the news of more layoffs and cutbacks. We have all been impacted in some way. I know the Courier has. We have reduced staffing through attrition; as employees have resigned for different opportunities, we have restructured and asked our current employees to take on additional duties.

  • Go behind scenes in Citizens’ Academy

    Have you ever wondered how an investigation really unfolds? How forensics experts analyze a crime scene?  How an officer identifies a drunken driver?

    The 11-week Citizens’ Academy is a free program offered by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to county residents. It is your behind-the-scenes tour through virtually every aspect of our criminal justice system. Participants learn in a classroom setting one night per week, with plenty of interactive activities throughout.

    Following are some of the many class topics.

  • CoHOPE voting structure is no longer fair

    I want to respond to the recent article published in the Courier on Feb. 11, “HOA threatens to pull out of CoHOPE, form another coalition.”

  • Careful: COBRA coverage can bite you

    It has happened. You were or are going to be laid off. Your soon-to-be-last employer has informed you that you can select COBRA and pay the full 100 percent (plus 2 percent administration) of the premium. You think, “Great, I am covered.”

    However, you find out 45 to 60 days later that your premium is two or three times higher than what you previously contributed. The latter is the norm. I have seen singles and families with $600 and $1,200 monthly premiums, respectively. There go your layoff-package dollars.

  • Has America vanquished racism?

    By Hannah Hayes

    There’s no doubt Jan. 20, 2009, ushered in a color change. Still, racial bigotry is a stubborn, often deeply entrenched characteristic. It’s been only three weeks since the inauguration, three months since the election, and a new president couldn’t possibly jar that manner of thinking loose in such a short time. Could he?