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Today's Opinions

  • An important lesson on the road of life

    By John Newkirk 

    As a boy I used to pass time on the school bus by counting street signs bearing names of classmates or family friends: Norman Lane. Willa Way. Lemasters Drive. Julie Lane. Granzella Road. Herzman Drive. What a novelty, I thought, to live in a community where roads are named after residents who are still living.

  • Pass the crow: Predictions didn’t fly

    Anybody know where a guy can buy some crow meat? And while we’re at it, do any of you have a good crow recipe?

    I confidently wrote last year that while Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns for president were showing signs of success, they couldn’t last. I asserted that Trump’s success was nothing more than the result of the outrageousness of his comments, and that Sanders’ appeal had more to do with an enthusiasm gap for Hillary Clinton than for any real support for him.

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    Library says thanks for additional funds

    Editor:

    As property tax notices begin to arrive, we want to say “Thanks!”

  • Fear and loathing on local campaign trail

    If all politics is local, a phrase coined by former House speaker Tip O’Neill, then Colorado’s U.S. Senate race has come home to roost in the coverage areas of our three Jeffco newspapers.

    No less than three of the current 12 Republican candidates for the seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet hail from Jefferson County, and that trio’s political careers have been covered closely by our papers.

  • Constitutional conundrum may await voters

    It may well be up to us.

    The odd constitutional provisions that will have the state of Colorado issuing refunds to taxpayers at the same time as cuts have to be made to a variety of government programs in 2016 have long been a source of consternation. Over the last year, a variety of things have been discussed.

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    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.

  • Residency requirement needed for officials

    It’s a little known fact that members of Congress don’t have to live in the districts from which they are elected. That’s not the case for school board members in Colorado.

    There was some question about the residency of candidate Regan Benson during the recent school board election in Jefferson County, but as it didn’t appear (or occur) that she would be a particularly viable candidate, the issue went away pretty quietly.