http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Courage, grace and no self-promotion http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/courage-grace-and-no-self-promotion <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_16.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> Olli Maatta, a 20-year-old hockey player from Finland, was living the dream. A year ago, he broke into the Pittsburgh Penguins&rsquo; lineup as a teenager and became one of their regular defensemen, and he was widely recognized as being among the National Hockey League&rsquo;s top rookies.</p> An honor and privilege to serve Jeffco residents http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/honor-and-privilege-serve-jeffco-residents <p> <em><strong>By Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink</strong></em></p> <p> As my term in office approaches its final days, I&rsquo;m experiencing a great deal of personal reflection. I&rsquo;m sure everyone goes through a similar process of recounting how they reacted to a situation or event, sorting out in their mind if they could have done something different &mdash; while recalling the successes and failures along the way.</p> COURIER ENDORSEMENT: Foothills tax increase a worthy investment http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/courier-endorsement-foothills-tax-increase-worthy-investment <p> Whether playing ice hockey at The Edge, enjoying a sunny afternoon at Clement Park or attending a community gathering at The Peak, the lives of countless South Jeffco residents are touched on a regular basis by the Foothills Park and Rec District.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-106 <p> <strong>Council of Homeowners Organizations&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">supports Foothills&rsquo; mill-levy boost</span></strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> After review and discussion of the issue at our Oct. 1 meeting, the members of the Council of Homeowners Organizations for a Planned Environment have voted to support Foothills Park and Recreation District&rsquo;s mill-levy request in the upcoming election.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-106 <p> <strong>Council of Homeowners Organizations&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">supports Foothills&rsquo; mill-levy boost</span></strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> After review and discussion of the issue at our Oct. 1 meeting, the members of the Council of Homeowners Organizations for a Planned Environment have voted to support Foothills Park and Recreation District&rsquo;s mill-levy request in the upcoming election.</p> For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-students-pendulum-pits <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_15.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><blockquote type="cite"> <div> <em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;The history of liberty is the history of resistance.&rdquo;</span></em></div> </blockquote> <p> <strong>&mdash; Woodrow Wilson<br /> </strong></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.</span></p> For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-students-pendulum-pits <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_15.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><blockquote type="cite"> <div> <em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;The history of liberty is the history of resistance.&rdquo;</span></em></div> </blockquote> <p> <strong>&mdash; Woodrow Wilson<br /> </strong></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.</span></p> Chaos returns to Jeffco school board http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chaos-returns-jeffco-school-board <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_54.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.</p> <p> After the movie &ldquo;Jaws&rdquo; made people so afraid of shark attacks in 1975 that there was a demonstrated reduction of swimming in the ocean, the marketing people at Universal Studios came up with perhaps the most memorable tagline in move history when they introduced &ldquo;Jaws 2&rdquo; in 1978 with: &ldquo;Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.&rdquo;</p>