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Today's Opinions

  • Our Readers Write

    Facts about schools troubling
    Editor:
    The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Jefferson County Schools is out and is available for community review at www.JeffcoPublicSchools.org.
    Here are a few quotes taken straight from this report:
    • As enrollment declines, some variable costs are avoided (approximately 40 percent).

  • Can Hick make civility stick?

    The tenor and tone of the beginning of the administration of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the first session of the 68th Colorado General Assembly have been decidedly positive and should give Colorado citizens a good feeling about how business will be conducted over the next couple of years.

  • Our Readers Write

    On the other side of history
    Editor:

  • Our Readers Write

    Where is the leadership?
    Editor:

  • Legislature gets down to work

    Your Colorado legislature convenes today for the first regular session of the 68th General Assembly. Legislators will join new Gov. John Hickenlooper to do the public’s business and must complete their work by May 11 to comply with the 120 days voters have provided them to do their work.

  • Our Readers Write

    Attacks on Boggs were unfair
    Editor:
    Silly me. Last night I went to the monthly public meeting of the Jeffco R-1 School Board expecting to hear of, and be heard on, district budget matters.
    Instead, what I encountered was a three-pronged, well-orchestrated attack on board member Laura Boggs.

  • School choice is civil rights issue

    By Mike Coffman
    The film “Waiting for Superman,” directed by Davis Guggenheim and produced by Lesley Chilcott, is a documentary that analyzes the failures of American public education by following several students through the system. The documentary is a clear indictment of many of our nation’s urban public schools, which are labeled in the film as “dropout factories” because, on average, 40 percent of their students fail to graduate.

  • Government transparency not negotiable

    Recently I was reading a book to my kids about the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787 when a remarkable fact jumped out: The delegates conducted their work in absolute secrecy. This was one of the only ground rules of the convention, and not until James Madison’s death in 1840 did his notes reveal the content of many discussions that took place.
    It’s very possible the Constitution — and this nation itself — would not exist as we know it had the deliberations been subject to public scrutiny.