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Today's Opinions

  • Time for a lesson in conciliation

    The results in Tuesday’s school board recall were not surprising, but the vote margins were stunning: Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams were recalled with about 64 percent of the votes in a county where registrations are evenly split among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

    The three conservatives, who claimed their seats in the 2013 off-year election, were trounced at the polls in another off-year that saw an impressive turnout fueled entirely by Jeffco’s school district drama.

  • A painful lesson: Jeffco’s third rail

    I’ve been planning for weeks to offer my thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Jeffco school district. And I’ve also been procrastinating for weeks. Of late, our politically polarized school system has become the third rail of local politics — touch it, and you die.

    A phone call last week from a loyal reader stirred me from my inertia (some would say cowardice). The gentleman raised several good questions about our recent coverage and, as a result, helped me organize my own thoughts. He should call daily.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Previous board’s approach to accountability panel flawed

    Editor:

    I applied for the Jeffco school district’s accountability committee. On Oct. 23, I received an e-mail thanking me for the application and saying the board had appointed members on Oct. 15.  

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    Rosier wrong about source of terrorism

    Editor:

    In order to fight terrorism effectively, you must first understand it. Don Rosier displayed ignorance of the terrorist problem in his statement that “Iran is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world,” in the article announcing his U.S. Senate bid.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Library trustees say thanks for tax boost

    Editor:

    As trustees for the Jeffco Public Library, we were thrilled with the recent positive election outcome. It’s gratifying and humbling to see the value county residents place on libraries and the trust you place in us.

    Your support of 1A will enable us to:

    • Expand library hours.

    • Provide more books and materials.

    • Update technology.

    • Repair and refurbish buildings.

    • Stabilize library finances.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Charter schools deserve equal funding levels

    Editor:

    I am so thrilled that the current Jeffco school board majority voted to approve equal funding for charter schools.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Support for charter schools a wise move

    Editor:

    My career in Jeffco, which began in 1961 at Mountain View Elementary School, included the old Prospect Valley, old North Lakewood, Lumberg, Foster, Vanderhoof, Devinny, Bear Creek, Kendrick Lakes, Green Mountain, Dennison, and concluded in a formal sense in August 1996 when I retired from D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Support for the slate of five board hopefuls

    Editor:

    As an educator for the past 37 years, the local and national agendas that surround our school environments are near and dear to my heart. Thus, I feel compelled to convey the importance of the Jefferson County school board election.