http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en 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> 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>