Today's Opinions

  • Our Readers Write

    Everett needs to remain true to principles, do the right thing by voters


    For those who voted for state Rep. Justin Everett, the Columbine Courier’s Jan. 22 article “Everett hitting the ground running …” was a disturbing picture of what happens to elected representatives who can lose their way after they get into office. 

  • Our Readers Write

    School board member apologizes for not handling traffic ticket
    As a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education, I believe in lessons — for our students and for myself. In the past week, I learned important lessons about taking care of my personal business.

  • A hard look at school safety

    The shocking and senseless murder of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is a painful reminder that schools are not always the safe havens we expect them to be. The incident has caused us all to ask again, how can we improve school safety when resources are limited?

  • Our Readers Write

    More guns mean more violence
    To: NRA members and other gun enthusiasts:
    What part of these equations do you not understand? More guns mean more violence and death! Unrestricted access to guns means more violence, not less. Forty percent of gun sales in America have no background checks; 30,000 people are killed with guns in America each year, far more than any other “civilized” country in the world.

  • We’re Americans, not Dems and Republicans

    About a week after the November election, I sat down to lunch with two friends from my days in the legislature, one a former high-ranking AFL-CIO officer, and the other a conservative former state senator.

  • A beltway paved in bad intentions

    “Mr. Dillinger, why do you rob banks?”
    “Because, that is where the money is.”

    Robbing banks is one thing. But robbing senior citizens, the mentally ill and an organization that serves kids who have endured domestic violence and homelessness? Not even Jefferson County could rise to that level of Grinchliness during the holidays, right?

  • Is this an argument we need to have?

    How can we talk about the shootings in Connecticut — or Aurora or Columbine or Virginia Tech or an Oregon shopping mall or anywhere else — without getting into an argument?

  • Finding our way to actual solutions

    Readers might be wondering why this week’s Courier has no stories with local reaction to the massacre in Newtown, Conn. — and that’s a fair question.