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Today's Opinions

  • Benefit exchange a healthy idea

    Editor’s note: This column was written before Rep. Stephens suggested an amendment to SB200 that Colorado’s health exchange law not take effect unless Colorado requests a waiver from the federal health care act. The suggested amendment is opposed by both Gov. Hickenlooper and Sen. Boyd and makes passage of the bill unlikely.

    It’s good that virtue is its own reward, as that may be all Betty Boyd and Amy Stephens get from sponsoring legislation to establish health benefit exchanges in Colorado.

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    Foothills must restore financial security
    Editor:

  • Kids’ sports should put fun first

    One of the best things about having four boys is the opportunity to get involved in youth sports, both as a parent and coach. Team sports was a big part of my life growing up, so it’s wonderful to see my own kids becoming part of something bigger than themselves. I can only hope that the lessons they learn stick with them as they stuck with me.

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    Filibusters hindering serious work in Senate
    Editor:

  • Timely action on school budget

    Facing severe budget problems if the legislature agrees to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget, the Jefferson County School District took a new and dramatic approach to cutting its budget. A budget summit with representatives of the Board of Education, the teachers union, the classified employees association, the administrators’ association and district leadership spent a weekend with a federal mediator and came up with a $40 million reduction plan that has pain for everyone.

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    State needs more revenue to avoid devastating cuts
    Editor:
    As a parent and taxpayer, I am saddened and outraged by the ill-advised path that we are on in the name of reducing spending.
    We are in a race to the bottom — to become last in the nation for education funding. Colorado is 48th in funding K-12 education, 49th in funding higher education, and we are falling faster every day.

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    Community sponsors needed for community event
    Editor:
    Thank you for helping us announce to the community the exciting return of the Red, White & You event to Clement Park on July 1.
    Because of the financial challenges that the Foothills Park & Recreation District has been facing since 2008 after a failed mill-levy election, the decision was made to cancel the event because the district could no longer afford to provide funding.

  • Tricky business for sports fans

    I remember being about 10 years old and coming home from the dentist with a sore tooth. Because I was hurting, my mom let me stay up to watch a Nuggets game on our tiny black-and-white TV.
    The early 1980s were good times for the Nuggets — I still remember guys like Alex English, Dan Issel and David Thompson giving the Lakers a run for their money, always coming up a little short but somehow never disappointing the little kid in Evergreen.