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Today's Opinions

  • Our Readers Write

    Library seeks help from Jeffco residents
    To Jefferson County residents:
    Recently, Jefferson County Public Library announced a change to its 2012 hours of operation in response to budget challenges. These are tough times for the library!

  • For Coloradans, a day for giving

    Now that we’re into the holiday season and near the end of the year, many Coloradans are preparing to make a large part of their charitable gifts for 2011. For the second year in a row, we have the opportunity to make many of those gifts through Colorado Gives Day.

  • An alma mater in disgrace

    I spent four of the best years of my life at Penn State University.

  • Our Readers Write

    Clean energy creates jobs
    Editor:
    Clean energy is the best way to create jobs we need, and we need jobs now. Clean energy, like solar power, is already putting people to work — there are more than 5,500 solar companies employing more than 100,000 Americans in regions throughout the country — and the industry is one of the few American industries that is actually growing.

  • Let’s cut first, then tax later

    Last week, Colorado voters roundly rejected a slate of proposed tax increases. The largest of these, Proposition 103, would have raised state income taxes from the current 4.63 percent to 5 percent for five years. Had it passed, the state legislature would have decided how to spend the proceeds on education.
    Voters said “no” by nearly a two-to-one margin.

  • Our Readers Write

    Library board expresses regret for possible open-meetings violations
    Editor:
    In a recent Columbine Courier article by Emile Hallez and Doug Bell, the story pointed out that the Jeffco Library Board of Trustees may have made mistakes in invoking executive sessions to discuss the potential recruitment of a new executive director.

  • Kopp to be missed as statesman, leader

    Recently, Mike Kopp stepped down from the state Senate seat he had held since first being elected in 2006. With his departure, Jefferson County loses a statesman.
    Serving in the legislature while maintaining a “day job” is tough enough for any father. But for Mike, it had become impossible. Three months ago, Mike’s wife and best friend, Kimberly, lost her three-year battle with cancer. Without regret or second thoughts, Mike decided that his four school-age kids needed more of his time.

  • Tough choices demand experience, knowledge

    Anyone who listens to Denver talk radio has heard that our two Jeffco school board races represent an apocalyptic face-off between radical union-backed leftists and far-right free-market fanatics who will stop at nothing to reduce district spending.

    At the final election forum Oct. 18 in Evergreen, the candidates sounded more like a gaggle of elderly British ladies disagreeing about whether the shade of the curtains matched the colors in the divan.