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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

     

  • Some competition at the caucuses

    Leave it to voters to prove that they have something to say about elections!

  • Legislature focusing on finances

    This week marks the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day 2010 session. The state’s fiscal woes have dominated the session to this point. The legislature has adopted a package of bills that raised revenues by eliminating a variety of tax exemptions as well as approving a 32-bill package that reduced spending by state agencies for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

  • Budget woes to dominate whole session

    This week marks the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day 2010 session. The state’s fiscal woes have dominated the session to this point. The legislature has adopted a package of bills that raised revenues by eliminating a variety of tax exemptions as well as approving a 32-bill package that reduced spending by state agencies for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

  • Lasting lessons in true heroism

    Last week’s shootings at Deer Creek Middle School were an awful reminder of the events at Columbine and Platte Canyon. Yet in the midst of our concern for the two wounded students, there was also cause to celebrate the heroic actions of Dr. David Benke, a math teacher whose split-second decision to tackle the shooter undoubtedly saved lives. Popular culture provides ubiquitous references of heroism — “Guitar Hero,” sports heroes and mythical superheroes come to mind.

  • Our Readers Write

    Mr. Biggs is not family friendly

    Editor’s note: The following letter was originally submitted to the Jefferson County Liquor Licensing Authority.

    I am writing to express my concern about the presence of the Mr. Biggs establishment in my neighborhood.

    A few years ago, my husband and I took our then 3-year-old there for an afternoon of fun. I believe the business was “Fat City” then. We had a nice time and felt safe and comfortable there.