http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Remembering Columbine 18 years later http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/remembering-columbine-18-years-later <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-columbinememorial01-gc-042314_0.jpg" alt="Lynsey Humphries, a 2000 graduate of Columbine High School, lays flowers on the Columbine Memorial on April 19, 2014, at Clement Park." title="Lynsey Humphries, a 2000 graduate of Columbine High School, lays flowers on the Columbine Memorial on April 19, 2014, at Clement Park." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The phone rang at my one-bedroom apartment. It was my wife-to-be, even though at this point we weren&rsquo;t dating. I could hear the tremble in her voice. Tears trickled down her cheeks. The horror was all too real for her to bear.<br /> We were a world away it seemed, residing in Rock Hill, S.C. It was where we met, but, on this day &mdash; April 20, 1999 &mdash; we were more than a couple-to-be. We were a part of a much bigger being &mdash; a nation mourning the most horrific high school shooting that our country had ever witnessed.<br /> An injustice with superintendent hiring secrecy http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/injustice-superintendent-hiring-secrecy <p> I wonder if there&rsquo;s something in the water at the Jefferson County School Board headquarters that makes people averse to transparency and compliance with Colorado&rsquo;s Open Meetings Law. How else could you explain a Board of Education that came into office on the heels of a recall election where one of the biggest issues was lack of transparency, saying at a public board meeting that ensuring candidates to head the district can apply without fear that their names will become public is a high priority?<br /> The first hundred days of a Trump presidency http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/first-hundred-days-trump-presidency <p> The president is coming up on the 100th day of his term. Much is being made of this waypoint because of his many campaign promises. He ran on a change agenda and told his followers that he would act swiftly to make America great again. The inflation adjusted medium income in America has been basically flat since Ronald Reagan was in office. I think it is fair to say that President Trump was elected by many looking for positive change to their financial fortunes.<br /> Sears failed to keep up with the times http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/sears-failed-keep-times <p> In 1973, Sears was the premier retailer in the U.S. It scoffed at upstarts Kmart and Walmart, calling them discounters as opposed to what Sears men called legitimate retailers. The company&rsquo;s headquarters was housed on Chicago&rsquo;s westside in a very tough neighborhood.<br /> NREL is paving the way for research http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/nrel-paving-way-research <p> <strong>Greg Dobbs<br /> </strong></p> Our Readers Write http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-128 <p> <strong>Trump needs to &lsquo;drain the swamp&rsquo;<br /> Editor:</strong><br /> It appears that our national government resembles a bunch of naughty boys who absolutely cannot have anyone except another naughty boy/girl as president possessing all the power it represents. &nbsp;<br /> Closed dog park a victim of its success http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/closed-dog-park-victim-its-success <p> It never seemed like the rules were that important to a lot of people who used the Evergreen Bark Park. Dog waste was routinely left and not picked up.&nbsp; Some people put the waste into plastic bags and then left the bags on the ground. When the parking lots were full, people routinely parked along the street, often right next to no parking signs. Other people didn&rsquo;t use leashes when they took their dogs from their cars to the designated off-leash areas.<br /> America’s pastime with a hot dog to boot http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/america%E2%80%99s-pastime-hot-dog-boot <p> <strong>Greg Dobbs</strong></p>