http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Two lifesaving acronyms: CPR, AED http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/two-lifesaving-acronyms-cpr-aed <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_21.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> An important lesson on the road of life http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/important-lesson-road-life <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/opin-bus-030916.jpg" alt="John Newkirk’s daughter Amanda exits a Jeffco school bus." title="John Newkirk’s daughter Amanda exits a Jeffco school bus." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> <strong><em>By John Newkirk&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p> 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.</p> Pass the crow: Predictions didn’t fly http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/pass-crow-predictions-didn%E2%80%99t-fly <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_59.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> Anybody know where a guy can buy some crow meat? And while we&rsquo;re at it, do any of you have a good crow recipe?</p> <p> I confidently wrote last year that while Donald Trump&rsquo;s and Bernie Sanders&rsquo; campaigns for president were showing signs of success, they couldn&rsquo;t last. I asserted that Trump&rsquo;s success was nothing more than the result of the outrageousness of his comments, and that Sanders&rsquo; appeal had more to do with an enthusiasm gap for Hillary Clinton than for any real support for him.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-118 <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> <strong>Library says thanks for additional funds</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> Editor:</p> <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> As property tax notices begin to arrive, we want to say &ldquo;Thanks!&rdquo;</p> Fear and loathing on local campaign trail http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/fear-and-loathing-local-campaign-trail <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_20.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> If all politics is local, a phrase coined by former House speaker Tip O&rsquo;Neill, then Colorado&rsquo;s U.S. Senate race has come home to roost in the coverage areas of our three Jeffco newspapers.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s political careers have been covered closely by our papers.</p> Constitutional conundrum may await voters http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/constitutional-conundrum-may-await-voters <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_58.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> It may well be up to us.</p> <p> 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.</p> Residency requirement needed for officials http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/residency-requirement-needed-officials <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_57.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s a little known fact that members of Congress don&rsquo;t have to live in the districts from which they are elected. That&rsquo;s not the case for school board members in Colorado.</p> <p> There was some question about the residency of candidate Regan Benson during the recent school board election in Jefferson County, but as it didn&rsquo;t appear (or occur) that she would be a particularly viable candidate, the issue went away pretty quietly.</p> A do and a don’t for the holiday season http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/do-and-don%E2%80%99t-holiday-season <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_56.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> As we enter the holiday season, I&rsquo;m thinking about a big do and a big don&rsquo;t.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s nonprofit organizations.</p>