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Columns

  • Webb: Thanks to all candidates for running

    The political cycle never seems to end for the ordinary voter. While the 2018 cycle will close on Nov. 6, the 2019-20 cycle will immediately begin on Nov. 7.  
    Speculation about Democratic challengers to President Trump will begin in earnest while Sen. Gardner’s reelection prospects will be analyzed. Here are a few observations about the end of the 2018 cycle that will hopefully start Jefferson County out better for the next cycle.

  • Newkirk: Another billion-dollar beast

    It’s ballot season in the Rockies and — once again — the push is on for higher taxes.
    Among the larger requests are several initiatives to get more money into the public school system: a $1.6 billion statewide tax increase (Amendment 73) along with two local measures (5A and 5B) that come with $1 billion in taxpayer repayment obligations.

  • We need divisiveness

    The recent Brett Kavanaugh circus has, in my opinion, drastically and negatively moved our political dialogue/process. We have been led by malicious, character-assassinating politicians into a dark place from which I seriously doubt that we will safely emerge in the near future.  
    We are now in a time and place where the new rules of political engagement are being written as we speak. Suffice it to say that we are now in the age of the Politics of Personal Destruction.

  • Ballot initiatives don’t deserve our support

    Two ballot initiatives that we’ll see on this year’s ballot are proof positive that people from a variety of political perspectives are more than capable of coming up with remarkably bad ideas.
    Opponents of fracking and people who want to restrict governments’ ability to take actions that restrict use of private property in any way — groups that you would be hard pressed to put in common — both have initiatives on the ballot that are much too extreme and should be defeated.

  • The need for air

    Steve Posner

  • Understanding today’s globalists

    The Supreme Court’s nomination process, if nothing else, has proven that the Progressive Democratic Party, under the leadership of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, is one organized and effective party of the opposition.  

  • Make informed choices this November

    Linda Rockwell

  • A vote for Stapleton would pay dividends

    Joe Webb

  • Doyle: Time for elected officials to work together

    My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful vacation.  Our time away was made all the more enjoyable because we were untouched by the daily onslaught of national political news about the outrage du jour and, closer to home on the state and local fronts, the avalanche of political mailers, radio talk show rants and television commercials.  

  • Amendments have my vote; what about yours?

    It takes at least two-thirds of the members of both the House of Representatives and Senate to refer proposed constitutional amendments from Colorado’s legislature to its people.  
    In addition to those super majority votes, all of the proposals are subject to a public hearing with testimony from interested members of the public and debate with two votes on the floor of both the House and Senate. With all of those criteria, it’s usually a safe bet that amendments referred by the legislature deserve support.