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Today's Opinions

  • Presidential race may affect house: Republicans root for Hillary

    This year’s presidential race is shaping up to be the most interesting and unpredictable in decades. Six months ago, conventional wisdom held that John McCain was finished and Hillary Clinton was heading for a coronation in Denver. So much for conventional wisdom.

    State legislators, like most Americans, are also watching the presidential race — but their interest also happens to be personal. Whom the parties nominate will have significant down-ticket effects, meaning that close state legislative races may turn on national trends.

  • Caucuses ignited county's political passions

    It’s a little too early in this election year to declare democracy the big winner in 2008, but early returns are certainly encouraging.

    The stunning turnout by Democrats at Jeffco’s party caucuses Feb. 5 — 10 times the turnout during the last presidential campaign in 2004 — is an indication that long-apathetic voters are beginning to dip their toes in the puddles of populism that have somehow survived the last eight years.

    And in many precincts, the puddles overflowed.

  • In dog years, it was a life well lived

    “I am a clock without hands

    I’m walking through the midnights

    Counting all the moments

    Of the loves I’ve left behind.”

    — Nanci Griffith,

    “A Clock Without Hands”

  • CAFE standards paving way to a better world?

    Hannah Hayes

    The survival of our planet depends upon a large-scale shift in consciousness. Increasing the number of miles per gallon a car is required to achieve isn’t going to create enough change. If you are not already embracing a responsible 21st-century lifestyle, the journey might be uncomfortable at first, but it’s absolutely necessary. Reversing global warming and gearing up for sustainability requires steering outside of those double yellow lines and parking in an entirely new spot.

  • Controversies detract from business at hand

    The first three weeks of the 2008 legislative session have been anything but dull. Of course, the vast majority of press coverage has focused on newly minted state Rep. Doug Bruce, R-Colorado Springs, author of the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR amendment).

  • U.S. health care: Best in the world, or sick?

    Hannah Hayes

    Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Single-payer universal health care is the best way to dig out of the corporate mess we have now. Taking the profit out of health care will bring the greatest benefit to the largest number of citizens, and allow the U.S. a path to regain dignity in another area where we slip and slide so badly.

  • Does the death penalty prevent crime?

    Hannah Hayes

  • Do the dinosaurs still have a mission?

    I was a teenage dinosaur.

    Actually, I was in my early 20s when an old-school managing editor by the name of Gale Baldwin told me I’d just become the editor of a weekly section that would target readers in the 6-to-11 age bracket.