https://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Hicks: Our loss is Washington’s gain https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/hicks-our-loss-washington%E2%80%99s-gain <p> If you know Sal Christ, you know she&rsquo;s not one to toot her own horn. She&rsquo;s never been one who has wanted to be in the spotlight. But there comes a time when someone should take notice of what others have accomplished, and that&rsquo;s the point of this column.</p> <p> A veteran journalist, Sal is leaving Evergreen Newspapers this week for a nine-month fellowship program with the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. Yes, Ms. Christ is going to Washington, and we here couldn&rsquo;t be happier for her.</p> Posner: There are no good excuses https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/posner-there-are-no-good-excuses <p> <strong><em>By Steve Posner<br /> </em></strong></p> <p> Ballots were mailed out on Monday. When yours arrives, it will be the most important piece of mail in your mailbox.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s midterm election carries enormous political stakes. But the vast majority of eligible voters will likely ignore their ballots and not bother to vote. Voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the Census Bureau first began tracking it in 1978. And only 23.1 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds voted.</p> Our Readers Write https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-163 <p> <strong>Jeffco Schools 5A/5B helps provide security</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Never again in our district &mdash; not on our watch. These are words to live by when it comes to safety and security in Jeffco Schools, and one of the many &nbsp;reasons I support Jeffco Schools 5A and 5B.</p> <p> The mill levy override and bond will fund important security improvements in our schools. Funds from 5A will allow Jeffco to put more campus supervisors in middle schools, and more security personnel and School Resource Officers at all school levels.</p> We need divisiveness https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/we-need-divisiveness <p> 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. &nbsp;<br /> 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.<br /> Ballot initiatives don’t deserve our support https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/ballot-initiatives-don%E2%80%99t-deserve-our-support <p> Two ballot initiatives that we&rsquo;ll see on this year&rsquo;s ballot are proof positive that people from a variety of political perspectives are more than capable of coming up with remarkably bad ideas.<br /> Opponents of fracking and people who want to restrict governments&rsquo; ability to take actions that restrict use of private property in any way &mdash; groups that you would be hard pressed to put in common &mdash; both have initiatives on the ballot that are much too extreme and should be defeated.<br /> Our Readers Write https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/our-readers-write-162 <p> <strong>Support public education by voting for Amendment 73, 5A/B</strong><br /> Editor:<br /> As a former financial analyst, business executive, and public school teacher and principal, I am blessed with multiple perspectives on school funding. &nbsp;<br /> Before us are Colorado Amendment 73 and Jeffco Ballot Questions 5A and 5B, which are asking for more funding for public schools.<br /> Make informed choices this November https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/make-informed-choices-november <p> <strong>Linda Rockwell<br /> </strong></p> A vote for Stapleton would pay dividends https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/vote-stapleton-would-pay-dividends <p> <strong>Joe Webb<br /> </strong></p>