en Of open meetings and closed governments <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> Say what you will about Littleton resident Carol Brzeczek &mdash; just say it in public.</p> State legislators are racing to the finish line <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> They&rsquo;re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.<br /> The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we&rsquo;ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.</p> Our Readers Write <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Common Core standards won&rsquo;t help our students</strong></span></span><br /> Editor:<br /> Common Core state standards: You either love them or hate them. Personally, I hate them.<br /> Our Readers Write <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Legislator&rsquo;s firearm leaves Capitol denizen feeling unsafe</strong></span></span><br /> Editor:<br /> Where I enter the Colorado Capitol, there&rsquo;s a &ldquo;No Firearms&rdquo; sign and a metal detector. But not for Rep. Jared Wright, who left his firearm unattended in a committee room on Feb. 6.<br /> Dueling views OK; actual duels are not <p> The recent party caucuses marked the beginning of the political season, which has its World Series in November. This may not be as exciting to most of us as opening day at Coors Field, but the first pitch has been thrown out for the political season.<br /> Access to information nurtures democracy <p> By Jeffrey A. Roberts<br /> &ldquo;Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.&rdquo;<br /> Louis Brandeis wrote these words a century ago, before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, to note the power of publicity as a cure for &ldquo;social and industrial diseases&rdquo; like the inequities fostered by the corporate monopolies of his time.<br /> Farewell to politics: The ‘fields’ beckon <p> <em>By Cheri Gerou</em></p> Our Readers Write <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Town hall was very informative</strong></span></span><br /> Editor:<br /> I just attended the town hall given by state House candidate Mary Parker and have to say I learned so much about the Colorado legislative process and a citizen&rsquo;s role in it.<br />