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Today's Opinions

  • Protecting our most vulnerable kids

    Our children can often bear the brunt during tough economic times. Moms or dads may be out of work. Money is tight. Stress due to financial pressures mounts. The chances of children in at-risk families being victimized tend to increase.

    In Colorado each year, more than 50,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are filed and more than 11,000 children enter foster care. In 2009, Jefferson County ranked fifth in the state for the number of abuse and neglect filings. Although that ranking is down a notch from the previous year, the ranking is both alarming and unacceptable.

  • Tebow a role model? You bet

    In 1983, the Baltimore Colts selected John Elway with the first pick in that year’s NFL draft. Elway had no interest in playing for the Colts, and said he would play professional baseball if they took him. So the Colts traded Elway to the Broncos for two players and a first-round pick in the 1984 draft. The rest is history.

    Since then, Broncos drafts have been pretty ordinary. No big headlines, no huge stories. 

    Until this year.

  • Making a case for full disclosure

    Sometimes the story isn’t as big a deal as the story about the story. How much different would United States history look if, the day after the Watergate break-in, President Nixon had said, “Campaigns make people do crazy things,” instead of getting involved in the cover-up that led to his resignation?

    While there is little doubt there is nothing in Scott McInnis’ tax returns or John Hickenlooper’s charitable contributions that rise to the level of Watergate, the principle is the same. The longer questions persist, the bigger the story gets.

  • Lessons in government spending

    Two weeks ago, my kids returned home from school with new backpacks. The green bags — which more resembled re-usable grocery totes — touted the U.S. census, proclaiming “Be counted” in several languages, with a backdrop of multi-colored hands. 

  • Big surprises in Colorado Senate contest

    Before Coloradans went to their precinct caucuses last month, it looked like U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and former lieutenant governor Jane Norton were on their way to meeting in a combative and expensive race for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat. What a difference a month makes!

  • A republic, if you can keep it

    As the Constitutional Convention wrapped up in September 1786, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him, “Well, doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?”

    “A republic,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”

  • A primer on pre-primary politics

    With precinct caucuses now in the books, the 2010 election season is officially under way. Caucuses are an important first step in the nominating process, through which each major party selects its nominees for the general election this fall. 

    With the exception of presidential nominations, there isn’t much public attention given to the way parties pick their candidates. It’s as though each November we’re presented with a ballot listing a Democrat, a Republican and perhaps one or more third-party candidates, with the winner assuming public office.

  • Make a safety plan for your family

    In the last few years in Jefferson County, we’ve seen emergencies ranging from wildfires to paralyzing blizzards to a school shooting. Events like these can plunge families into chaos, panic and confusion. 

    Having an emergency plan ahead of time can help you communicate with, reconnect with, and protect your family. Every situation is different, but if you prepare for a wide range of possibilities, you’ll be better equipped to deal with a crisis.