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Opinion

  • Deteriorating bridges across the state, congestion that robs us of time, declining gas taxes because cars are more efficient, and an economy on the fritz. What’s a state to do? If Gov. Bill Ritter, state Sen. Dan Gibbs and state Rep. Joe Rice have their way, we’ll go faster.

  • To kick off 2009, we put together a quiz based on citizen questions and some crime/quality-of-life problems we encounter regularly in Jeffco. We invite you to take the quiz and see if you know the best way to handle the following scenarios.

    Q: You want to teach your young child to stay away from adults who could harm him or her. What’s a good phrase to help them remember?

    a. “Trust no one”

    b. “Say no to strangers”

    c. “Check first before you go anywhere with anyone”

    ANSWER: C

  • Recently, the long-rumored demise of the Rocky Mountain News took another step toward reality. Announcing the paper is up for sale, the E.W. Scripps Co. signaled what may be the end an institution that has been part of Colorado for nearly 150 years.

    The news hit me harder than I expected. For all the other sources of information out there, and there are many, I just can’t imagine life without the Rocky. It’s been a part of my day since I learned to read.

  • The 2008 presidential election created four vacancies in the U.S. Senate: Barack Obama and Joe Biden left open seats in Illinois and Delaware; the new secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, opened up a spot in New York; and of course, Sen. Ken Salazar was nominated as secretary of the interior, paving the way for Gov. Bill Ritter to appoint Michael Bennet, former head of the Denver Public Schools.

  • As we enter 2009, all eyes are focused on the economy. Families and businesses are looking for ways to save money and to be more efficient in these challenging days.

    During these times it is important for our state leaders, as well, to demonstrate the prudent leadership that reflects our priorities. One of the ways of doing this is to limit the 2009 Legislative session to 90 days.

  • By Kelly Weist

    Leftists all agree that one of the first things the president-elect needs to “change” is the situation at Guantanamo Bay. At least, that’s what they thought prior to the election.

  • Several years ago, I heard former Governor Dick Lamm say that the biggest policy challenge of the 21st Century would be sustainability. At the time, I thought he was speaking primarily about environmental issues, but recent events suggest the word encompasses even more than that.

    Of course, environmental sustainability remains a significant issue. As third-world countries catch up to industrialized nations, the problems connected with resource consumption and pollution will continue to grow.  

  • By Hannah B. Hayes:

  • By Hannah Hayes

    A yard sign lives on in my neighborhood. It’s been up since 2001, proclaiming “United We Stand.” Passers-by can’t help but puzzle the sign’s meaning at the end of 2008. The owner’s pride exudes from the entire property, but the sign reeks of the prejudice of these last eight years.

  • Too much ink has been spilled analyzing the presidential election, so I’ll keep this part of my column brief. Folks were ready for change — and after eight years of George Bush’s rudderless big government-ism, I can’t say I blame them. Republicans across the nation took a hit, and rightfully so.

    But what happened at the local level defied expectations, and was in many ways a setback for Democrats too.

  • Hannah Hayes

    It’s Thanksgiving and an appropriate time to reflect on giving and receiving. A day, a season, perhaps an even longer time to trade in negative dialogue and give it up for someone who has contributed so much to our lives and to many others’ as well. This year I’ve chosen to write about Gloria Steinem. She appeared in our area a couple of times during the election cycle and I felt lucky to be able to hear this icon speak in person at the Lake House.

  • The things we, the people of Colorado, do to our state constitution are pretty remarkable. Most informed voters know and understand how the conflicting provisions of TABOR, which restricts government collections and expenditures; Amendment 23, which mandates increased spending for K-12 education regardless of the condition of the state treasury or impact on other state programs; and the Gallagher amendment, which creates ever disparate property tax treatment of residential and commercial property ties elected officials’ hands and makes it difficult to deliver government services.

  • Hannah Hayes

    This little piggy went to the free market; after all, we were told to shop. Unfortunately some shopped “on the margin,” meaning there was no inherent value in the paper they were purchasing. Who can blame the Chinese for trying to cash out if they started to feel insecure about the lack of backing on their loans?

  • Colorado is now a one-party state. The election of 2008 definitively put Democrats in the driver’s seat at both the state and federal levels.

    In addition to their control of the state House, state Senate and governor’s mansion, this year Democrats added wins in the U.S. Senate race (Mark Udall) and 4th Congressional District (Betsy Markey). Of Colorado’s nine seats in the U.S. House and Senate, only Congressman Doug Lamborn and Congressman-elect Mike Coffman have “R”s next to their names.

  • It’s been an interesting few years as it relates to general consensus about when to put school mill levy overrides and bond issues on ballots. Historically, lower voter turnout benefited these questions because teachers and parents were the more motivated voters. When those motivated supporters made up the largest possible percentage of the vote, the measures stood the best chances of winning.

  • After expressions of unhappiness from all corners of Jefferson County about school starting Aug. 12 this year, the school district has come up with a calendar for next year that extends summer for two more weeks and meets almost all of the desires expressed by students, parents and teachers.

  • Writing before the election results are final, I have no idea of the outcome of the presidential race. So from behind a veil of ignorance, this column is an expression of support and good wishes to the newly elected president — whoever he is.

  • When witnesses testified about being in untenable situations before legislative committees on which Cliff Bryan served in the mid-’80s, the folksy appliance salesman-turned-state representative from Loveland often said, “It seems like we’ve put these people between the fire hydrant and the dog.”

  • When witnesses testified about being in untenable situations before legislative committees on which Cliff Bryan served in the mid-’80s, the folksy appliance salesman-turned-state representative from Loveland often said, “It seems like we’ve put these people between the fire hydrant and the dog.”

    Colorado voters find themselves in the dog’s direct line of fire this fall as unnecessary and competing citizen initiatives have found their way onto our ballot.

  • Hannah Hayes