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Opinion

  • 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:

  • Why I’m running as an independent

    Editor:

    Two years ago, my neighbor told me she admired me and appreciated all my hard work running for the state legislature, but she would never vote for a Democrat. At that moment, I knew I was in trouble.

  • Predicting the presidential election outcome seems to be like trying to predict next month’s weather … with so many unknowns, flipping a coin might be the best process.

    I found a university professor named Allen Lichtman who seemed to have a great fact-based, history-authenticated methodology for predicting the next president. I was really buying into his prediction, which, by the way, was that Trump will win. Then, he finished with a disclaimer saying that because Trump is Trump, his methodology might not work.

  • Upon resigning from the Friars Club, Groucho Marx famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” That reasoning seems to be consistent with two ballot measures before us this fall concerning primary elections.

  • Don’t support moving sixth-graders to middle school

    Editor:

    Not only will this move cost taxpayers $70 million, but research consistently shows that sixth-graders’ performance does not improve when moved to middle school. Sixth-graders will lose an entire year of literacy programs. Furthermore, sixth-graders in middle schools have more disciplinary actions; again, this is not good for students.

  • Read petitions carefully before signing

    Editor:

    My home is in Morrison. I absolutely love living here and greatly appreciate the amazing views, the teeming wildlife and the beautiful open spaces. I was born and raised here on the Front Range, and feel very fortunate to be able to call Colorado my home. I would guess that you feel just as fortunate and, like me, feel very protective of our wonderful community.

  • The political conventions are over. The final television images showed convention workers popping the red, white and blue balloons and sweeping them away. The candidates nominated in Cleveland and Philadelphia are the most unpopular in modern times, and perhaps in the history of our country.

  • For many years prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I was an active and vocal proponent of universal health care. It always seemed to me that socializing our health risks worked better when everyone was part of the pool. I supported requirements at both the state and federal levels for people to have health insurance.

  • A half century ago in rural Pennsylvania, a woman named Clem spent her mornings immersed in the pungent smell of chlorine and the ornery noise of youngsters wakened too early.

    Part drill instructor and part den mother, Clem preached water safety with the fervor of a country minister, and over the years she taught thousands of young charges how to swim. For the older students, the ones earning their lifeguard certification, this also meant a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Library says thanks for additional funds

    Editor:

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

  • 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.

  • 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.