Today's Opinions

  • Pondering an election post-mortem

    Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to digest election results, I find myself with observations about what we’ve seen and will see at all levels of government.

  • Precautions against online child predation

    By Ted Mink

    Online child predators can interact with children through a variety of channels: computers, video games, handheld gaming devices and mobile phones. These tools make millions of people accessible at your child’s fingertips … and vice versa. Paradoxically, young people asserting their individuality online remain very vulnerable to predation. Their innocence, natural curiosity, desire for attention, ingrained trust in adults, and/or desire to rebel against their parents can lead them into the path of someone who could harm them.

  • Don’t let Laura Boggs bog us down

    It’s stupid to suggest that someone be shot because of how she does her job. It’s unfortunate when people in the public eye don’t consider the consequences of the words they choose to make a point. It’s just as unfortunate when stupid comments and unfortunate choices drag on and detract from the real and important work we need from our public officials.

  • Our Readers Write

    Reasons to vote no on 3A and 3B

  • Our Readers Write

    Failure of 3A/3B will mean significant cuts
    Members of the Jeffco school board who referred the $39 million 3A mill and $99 million 3B bond to voters did exactly what the Colorado Constitution requires: They placed the funding decision for the quality of Jeffco schools in the hands of Jeffco citizens.  
    If voters do not pass the mill, the district will cut jobs and programs at all levels to balance its budget, including:

  • Ballot items: some good, some bad

    For as long as I can remember, the Colorado state personnel system has been characterized as being overly bureaucratic and restrictive. This year, we have a chance to do something about it.

  • Our Readers Write

    Closing Rooney Road slash facililty makes no sense
    I’m especially concerned about the closing down of the Rooney Road slash facilty. I understand the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office position, but from a big-picture perspective, it’s so counterintuitive!

  • Amendment 64 is wrong for Colorado

    By Sheriff Ted Mink