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Today's Opinions

  • End the uncertainty at Jeffco Schools

    The worst thing about the almost two years of turmoil that we’ve experienced in Jefferson County schools is that it’s been a continuing distraction from the school district’s most important responsibility — to educate the kids who live in this county. Anything that distracts teachers from focusing their energy on giving kids the best possible education is a major flaw that should be resolved as soon as possible.

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    Be an informed voter in recall election

    Editor:

    Marion and Jim Dries wrote in a recent letter that folks should seek the truth before voting in the school board recall election. A very good way to do that would be to check out two websites: freedomforeducation.com and jeffcoeducationtruth.com.

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    Safe storage, and where have the responsible gun owners gone?

  • Unlikely candidates gaining traction

    By Jim Rohrer/Columnist

    The political news is surprising as two unlikely candidates are soaring in the polls. Not many would expect a self-identified socialist to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, but U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining some traction. He trails her in a recent Iowa poll 52 percent to 33 percent. In New Hampshire, it’s 56 percent to 24 percent. No, he is not the front-runner, but his strong numbers are very surprising, and Clinton must be looking over her shoulder.

  • Infighting threatens funding for arts

    Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered!

    That should be the simple lesson for some grousing small arts organizations that have argued that the proposal to continue the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and shift modest revenues from large organizations to smaller ones doesn’t give them enough.

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    County commissioners’ decision questioned in Jared’s rezoning

    Editor:

    Jefferson County has a Planning Commission that responds to zoning issues presented in unincorporated areas of the county. That commission recently held hearings on a request by Jared’s Garden Center to build an indoor volleyball facility and a pub on its property on West Bowles Avenue.

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    County commissioners’ decision questioned in Jared’s rezoning

    Editor:

    Jefferson County has a Planning Commission that responds to zoning issues presented in unincorporated areas of the county. That commission recently held hearings on a request by Jared’s Garden Center to build an indoor volleyball facility and a pub on its property on West Bowles Avenue.

  • Budget compromise a fiscal feat

    On Feb. 18, the Colorado Senate presented the House of Representatives with a take-it-or-kill-it ultimatum on a spending bill for the Department of Public Safety. The disagreement centered on whether more funds should be made available to process criminal background checks for gun permits. At that point, it looked like developing a state budget was going to be a very difficult task.