http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Infighting threatens funding for arts http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/infighting-threatens-funding-arts <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_55.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered!</p> <p> That should be the simple lesson for some grousing small arts organizations that have argued that the proposal to continue the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and shift modest revenues from large organizations to smaller ones doesn&rsquo;t give them enough.</p> Budget compromise a fiscal feat http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/budget-compromise-fiscal-feat <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-greg-c_5.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> On Feb. 18, the Colorado Senate presented the House of Representatives with a take-it-or-kill-it ultimatum on a spending bill for the Department of Public Safety. The disagreement centered on whether more funds should be made available to process criminal background checks for gun permits. At that point, it looked like developing a state budget was going to be a very difficult task.</p> Budget compromise a fiscal feat http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/budget-compromise-fiscal-feat <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-greg-c_5.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> On Feb. 18, the Colorado Senate presented the House of Representatives with a take-it-or-kill-it ultimatum on a spending bill for the Department of Public Safety. The disagreement centered on whether more funds should be made available to process criminal background checks for gun permits. At that point, it looked like developing a state budget was going to be a very difficult task.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-108 <p> <strong>County commissioners&rsquo; decision&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">questioned in Jared&rsquo;s rezoning</span></strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Jefferson County has a Planning Commission that responds to zoning issues presented in unincorporated areas of the county. That commission recently held hearings on a request by Jared&rsquo;s Garden Center to build an indoor volleyball facility and a pub on its property on West Bowles Avenue.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-108 <p> <strong>County commissioners&rsquo; decision&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">questioned in Jared&rsquo;s rezoning</span></strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Jefferson County has a Planning Commission that responds to zoning issues presented in unincorporated areas of the county. That commission recently held hearings on a request by Jared&rsquo;s Garden Center to build an indoor volleyball facility and a pub on its property on West Bowles Avenue.</p> Vulcan spoke truth to his American fans http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/vulcan-spoke-truth-his-american-fans <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_17.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> When the original &ldquo;Star Trek&rdquo; debuted in September 1966, our nation was about to be torn apart by an unpopular war in Vietnam and by race riots at home. In the nearly half-century since, the science-fiction juggernaut spawned five additional television series and 12 movies on its way to becoming a cultural icon.</p> <p> At first, many assumed &ldquo;Star Trek&rdquo; to be an escapist space opera, but it didn&rsquo;t take long for the writers to begin secreting much bigger issues into their scripts, from racism to war to civil rights.</p> Neville revolutionized prep sports coverage http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/neville-revolutionized-prep-sports-coverage <p> You know you&rsquo;ve reached a certain point in life when a longtime friend is recognized as a legend. And so it was for Laurie and me last week when we attended the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame induction dinner to see South Jeffco resident Marcia Neville be inducted.</p> 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>