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Today's Opinions

  • Our Readers Write

    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.

  • Our Readers Write

    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.

  • Our Readers Write

    It really is time to step up
    In his recent column “Time for Jeffco citizens to step up,” editor Doug Bell is correct to ignore the advice of those who tell him to relax, that he should just accept the back-room, back-scratching deals that appear to be the norm in Jefferson County. I hope he always ignores this advice. Change will come only when enough people step up, take a stand, and demand much higher levels of integrity and genuine transparency from the leaders we elect to public office.

  • Session has a long way to go

    Saturday will mark the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day session. As expected, budget issues have dominated the first half of the session. Beyond that, the tenor of the session has been decidedly contradictory.

  • Our Readers Write

    All Ken-Caryl homeowners should be considered
    Editor:
    Certain Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association board members, Open Space committee members and members of the secretive Trails Club want to expand and re-route our private trails at the expense of all homeowners. This will entail substantial additional cost and create an influx of non-Ken-Caryl trail users. A very few want to spend the dues of the majority for their own narcissistic purposes — a classic case of the “tail wagging the dog.”

  • Don’t blame Hick — thank him

    Gov. John Hickenlooper is taking plenty of heat for his recentl announced budget, which includes massive cuts to state spending. Truth be told, he didn’t have much of a choice. If anything, we ought to commend his honesty in proposing a budget that reflects Colorado’s financial condition.

  • Our Readers Write

    Who deserves blame and shame?
    Editor,
    I am disappointed to read letters like Cal Johnston’s published in the Feb. 2 Columbine Courier concerning the Tucson tragedy (“Venomous rantings have consequences”). Was it coincidental that Mr. Johnson attacked a list of conservatives “for helping to create a climate of hatred toward government, government officials and politicians of opposing views in the U.S.”? Not likely. Was it politically convenient? You bet.