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


    The short answer:

    Our kids need quality educational facilities and resources.

    The long answer:

  • Why I’m running as an independent


    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


    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


    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


    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.

  • 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.

  • As we enter the holiday season, I’m thinking about a big do and a big don’t.

    The big do is Colorado Gives Day. In its five-year history, Colorado Gives has become the preferred way of making end-of-year charitable gifts for many people in our state. An initiative of the Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day is an easy way to make contributions to more than 1,800 of our state’s nonprofit organizations.

  • The results in Tuesday’s school board recall were not surprising, but the vote margins were stunning: Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams were recalled with about 64 percent of the votes in a county where registrations are evenly split among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

    The three conservatives, who claimed their seats in the 2013 off-year election, were trounced at the polls in another off-year that saw an impressive turnout fueled entirely by Jeffco’s school district drama.

  • I’ve been planning for weeks to offer my thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Jeffco school district. And I’ve also been procrastinating for weeks. Of late, our politically polarized school system has become the third rail of local politics — touch it, and you die.

    A phone call last week from a loyal reader stirred me from my inertia (some would say cowardice). The gentleman raised several good questions about our recent coverage and, as a result, helped me organize my own thoughts. He should call daily.

  • The last time the Jeffco Public Library saw a tax increase, the Internet was still a gleam in Al Gore’s eye. Nor had DVDs been invented. E-books? Forget it. “Portable” computers that didn’t result in a hernia? Surely you jest.

    In fact, the last time our library saw a boost in taxpayer support was some 29 years ago, and since then in Jefferson County, demand for services that the library offers has exploded:

    • The county’s population has grown by 130,000 people.