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Today's Opinions

  • Losing a library is a bad idea

    “The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    — Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    Novelist Kurt Vonnegut considered almost nothing to be sacred — except libraries. He viewed them as a place to go when you are bereft, lost, lonely, a place which offers the sort of sustenance that calories alone can’t provide.

  • League of Women Voters celebrates anniversary of women’s suffrage

    Women celebrated 91 years of voting on Aug. 26, which marks the 91st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the right to vote to all American women.

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Our Readers Write

    A bridge too useless
    Editor:
    If you want to know what a “bridge to nowhere” looks like, we now have one! It is at the corner of Wadsworth and Bowles. It allows people in one shopping center to walk to another shopping center. So how many people want to do that? Did our all-knowing government do a survey to establish the “need”? Was that a “porkbarrel” project brought to us by one of our representatives or senators?

  • Boulder ballot misses the point

    On Nov. 1, 2011, municipalities across Colorado will conduct elections. Voters in those cities and towns will be picking mayors and members of their city councils. They will decide on tax questions and other issues concerning how their cities will operate.
    And then there is Boulder.

  • Our Readers Write

    A ‘Colossus’ waste of money
    Editor:
    I know it is the wrong word, but it is so appropriate that I just had to use it. Doesn’t it remind you of a giant marble statue used to deify some ancient ruler? Well, that is what the crosswalk at Wadsworth and Bowles is: a $3.5 million waste of taxpayer money.

  • K-12 funding needs a solution

    An odd convergence took place last Monday when oral arguments began in the case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado and supporters of Initiative 25 turned in nearly twice as many signatures to the secretary of state as are necessary to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

  • Our Readers Write

    Who are the suckers?
    Editor:
    I feel compelled to respond to a couple of letters that referred to me by name. One writer, in reference my objection to raising taxes, said: “There is not just a lack of compassion going on here; we’re being played for suckers, too.” In fact, just the opposite is the case. It is those politicians who promise us that more government spending will improve our lives who are playing us for suckers.