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Today's Opinions

  • State’s budget writers in bind

    2011 will be one tough year for legislative budget writers in Colorado. To begin, they will face one of the toughest budget years in our state’s history. Add to that the fact that split control of the legislature means the Joint Budget Committee will be made up of three Republicans and three Democrats. And if that’s not enough of a challenge, the six members of the JBC will have three cumulative years of experience on the budget panel.

  • Our Readers Write

    Foothills district can’t afford raises for managers
    Editor:
    Foothills Park and Recreation District’s 2011 budget proposal is seeking a $225,000 increase in compensation for employees at the same time that it is planning cuts of $150,000 from the previous year’s expenditures. How does this make sense?

  • Reserve deputies serve and protect

    For much of its 150-year history, the Sheriff’s Office has relied on volunteer deputies — the reserves — to assist with public safety assignments throughout Jefferson County. These state-certified law enforcement officers are essential to our agency’s mission, and soon we’ll be looking to add a few new faces to their ranks. Do you have what it takes?
     
    Who are the reserves?

  • Excessive growth boosts fire danger

    By Mike Coffman

  • Political ads dwelled on negative

    If you’ve seen the political advertising that has now mercifully ended with the culmination of this year’s election cycle, you could easily be left with the belief that anyone who runs for political office in Colorado is an immoral opportunist seeking to destroy life as we know it.

  • Our Readers Write

    Foothills workers should share burden
    Editor:
    Foothills Park and Recreation District’s 2011 budget proposal is seeking a $225,000 increase in compensation for employees at the same time that is it planning cuts of $150,000 from the previous year’s expenditures. How does this make sense?

  • Brits show the way on spending

    Recently, a coalition government in the United Kingdom made its long-anticipated announcement about $128 billion in government spending cuts. It’s aggressive and audacious — and certainly more ambitious than anything being done on this side of the pond.

  • Our Readers Write

    Library board offers reasons for budget decisions
    Editor:
    The Jeffco Library Board of Trustees would like to point out key issues that informed our decision to decline the county’s recent budget proposal (see “Library board appointments held up by commissioners,” Columbine Courier, Oct. 12). We applaud the county’s desire to keep libraries open on Mondays, but we have the following concerns: