http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Parties leave us with post-convention hangover http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/parties-leave-us-post-convention-hangover <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rohrer-jim.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> The political conventions are over. The final television images showed convention workers popping the red, white and blue balloons and sweeping them away. The candidates nominated in Cleveland and Philadelphia are the most unpopular in modern times, and perhaps in the history of our country.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-120 <p> <strong>Don&rsquo;t support moving&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">sixth-graders to middle school</span></strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Not only will this move cost taxpayers $70 million, but research consistently shows that sixth-graders&rsquo; performance does not improve when moved to middle school. Sixth-graders will lose an entire year of literacy programs. Furthermore, sixth-graders in middle schools have more disciplinary actions; again, this is not good for students.</p> Our Readers Write http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-119 <p> <strong>Read petitions carefully before signing</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> My home is in Morrison. I absolutely love living here and greatly appreciate the amazing views, the teeming wildlife and the beautiful open spaces. I was born and raised here on the Front Range, and feel very fortunate to be able to call Colorado my home. I would guess that you feel just as fortunate and, like me, feel very protective of our wonderful community.</p> Health should not be a political football http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/health-should-not-be-political-football <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-greg-c_7.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> For many years prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I was an active and vocal proponent of universal health care. It always seemed to me that socializing our health risks worked better when everyone was part of the pool. I supported requirements at both the state and federal levels for people to have health insurance.</p> 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>