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Opinion

  • John Newkirk

  • Donald Trump should not have been able to nominate a Supreme Court justice in the opening days of his presidency. It was unconscionable that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues didn’t give Merrick Garland a hearing where he would have proven that he was imminently qualified to serve on the high court and earned confirmation.

  • Greg Dobbs

  • Jim Rohrer

    I hate to say it, but all the discussion about repealing and replacing Obamacare is like rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Insurance premiums are just following the costs generated by the way healthcare is practiced in this country. So whether we replace the act or leave it as is until we change the way medicine is practiced in America the costs will be high.

  • Not quite halfway through the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly, House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham, in conjunction with the Transportation Committee chairs -- Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush and Senator Randy Baumgardner -- have introduced the highest priority bill of the legislative session. Their proposal refers to a transportation plan that will, if voters approve it in November, make $3.5 billion available for transportation projects across Colorado over the next 20 years.

  • By Jim Rohrer
    For the Courier

  • I’ve seen a man standing on the Genessee bridge over I-70 waving an American flag during morning rush hour several times over the last couple of months. At first I assumed he was a Donald Trump supporter celebrating the election of our new president. Other days, I wondered if he was expressing support for our country in response to concerns about things the new president had done. It then occurred to me that his display of patriotism could be driven by general support of our country, having nothing to do with current events.

  • Schools’ spokeswoman is poorly spoken

    Editor:

  • The trouble with Trump: People believe him

    Editor:

    Unless something truly amazing happens to prevent it, in a very few days the worst possible candidate will take the oath of office as president of the united states. Note the small-case letters:  D.T. will not dignify the office, and the united states — surprise — isn’t so united.

  • “Solid stone is just sand and water, baby.

    Sand and water, and a million years gone by.”

    — Beth Nielsen Chapman

    HIGH ABOVE THE STEGOSAURUS LOT — On a chilly and snowy Sunday, no birds of prey are visible from the raptor observation area along the trail, and no hikers or bikers pass by. To the south, clouds close in on the Rooney Valley, and throughout the gray landscape a sense of foreboding looms.

  • With the new year, an election facing three members of the Jefferson County school board in November, and the failure of the bond and mill request in 2016, it’s time for the current board to take stock.

    This board, all five members, won their seats based on a call for increased transparency but has recently violated transparency principles in its handling of the employment of the current superintendent. It promised outreach to the community but received a resounding “you didn’t listen to us” message from citizens when the bond and mill went down.

  • Day one! Today marks the opening of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly. For the next 120 days, legislators from throughout Colorado will be responsible for doing the people’s business.

  • When my sister and I were young, we loved the 1960s space opera “Lost in Space.” And, without a doubt, our favorite episode involved various members of the wandering Robinson family silently disappearing from the Jupiter 2 one at a time, in apparent defiance of the laws of physics.

    In fact, every member of the crew vanished until just two remained — and their low-tech solution as the ship careened through the galaxy at light speed was to tie themselves together with a length of rope. Then, one turned a corner, and the rope went slack.

  • Several weeks ago a group of World War II veterans quietly gathered in Atlanta for what in all likelihood would be their final reunion. All in their 90s, they were the last remnant of a group of American volunteers that secretly traveled overseas in 1941 to fly combat missions against a brutal Japanese offensive in Asia. Their heroic exploits earned them the nickname “Flying Tigers.” To this day the Chinese speak of them in reverent tones, and few Flying Tigers were more revered than the spirited squadron leader known as Scarsdale Jack.

  • Thoughts on the election

    Editor:

    We are writing on Wednesday, Nov. 9. We are very happy. The candidate we supported for almost two years is now president-elect. We are part of the “common folk.” We knew people wanted a better economy, more opportunities, not more elitism, not more racism or gender bias.

  • In the wake of last week’s earth-shattering national election with implications that will likely take years to completely understand, Colorado’s reputation as one of the nation’s most purple states was reinforced.

  • Vote no on 3A, 3B

    Editor:

    At least once every four years on average, our school board asks for more money. The exception was the school board that was recently recalled. They were doing all they promised.

    They had planned budgeting for a new school and other needs deemed necessary to our school system — all this without floating a bond and without asking for a tax increase. How did they do it? By studying the budget and making good decisions, so they could do all that was necessary.

  • Vote for Pete Weir, a DA with integrity, compassion

    Editor:

    It is both my privilege and honor to support Pete Weir for re-election as Jeffco’s district attorney. I first met Pete in the darkest days following Jessica Ridgeway’s kidnapping and homicide, and I witnessed first hand Pete’s leadership and compassion, as well as his unwavering resolve in the pursuit of justice for Jessica.

  • Why does Jeffco Public Schools need 3A and 3B?

    Editor:

    The short answer:

    Our kids need quality educational facilities and resources.

    The long answer: