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Opinion

  •  Beware, the Unintended Consequences. In a complex society, there are rules, laws and norms that most people follow. When you interact with fellow citizens, we generally understand how we are going to conduct business and personal interactions. When the rules change, the norms change, and thus the interactions are changed. Such is the tragic case of Senate Bill 176, signed into law in the 2011 session. Democrats Sen. Morgan Carroll and our Rep. Claire Levy introduced this bill.

  • Some years ago, having served on the VALE (victims’ assistance league) board, I became aware of CASA and the fine job it was doing advocating for our children in the 5th Judicial District.   

    Recently, when our daughter Genevieve became a CASA board member, she asked me to attend an informational meeting about the role of CASA in our area. 

  • Future historians and generations will likely look back at 2013, indeed to the years roughly correlated to President Obama’s tenure, as a defining moment and era in American history. Will it be on a par with the Progressive Period of the early 20th century, dominated by Teddy Roosevelt, that witnessed the creation of the Food and Drug Administration, enactment of child labor laws, and other social gains, and that of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that saw the birth of Social Security?

  • Vox

    ThinkFirst was the brainchild
    of community groups
    Editor:
    On Feb. 21, members of the community gave teens a dose of safety and prevention. A program called ThinkFirst was provided by the Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, but only the help of many community groups and individuals could ensure the success of the program to prevent brain injury.

  •  Today at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Committee) Conference, Ronald Reagan emerged as strong as ever to address the issues we face in 2013. Wishful thinking, but what if Reagan were to address conservatives today? There is no doubt that CPAC is Reagan-oriented. It hands out Reagan posters to its attendees and espouses the views of Reagan in many ways. 

  • Vox

    Recall proponents’ analysis 

    of response times is not accurate

    To residents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District:

    The release of the “call for service response times” analysis by the group recalling the sitting Evergreen Fire Protection District board has resulted in quite a few community questions. I would like to explain Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s position on this. In brief, the data that were released are not accurate due to a misunderstanding of industry standards.

  • Last Tuesday, the Colorado House voted to approve civil unions for same-sex couples. On Wednesday, the picture on the front page of the Denver Post showed speaker Mark Ferrandino kissing his partner. Like the photo of the gay couple kissing after one’s return from Iraq, it is iconic.

  • Vox

    Bipartisan effort needed to find ways to reduce gun violence

    Editor:

  • Wikipedia, the source of all worthless knowledge, defines WWRD (What Would Reagan Do) as “a phrase that has become popular primarily among conservatives and Republicans in the United States. Its usage reflects a belief in former United States President Ronald Reagan as a model conservative leader.” You can tell that the person who posted that definition certainly has a bias … about conservatives and about the “belief” that Ronald Reagan is a “model conservative leader.” Well, he isn’t. 

  • When we read, we usually pay little attention to the words writers use to convey their points. The same is true when it comes to political dialogue in which terms are bandied about that subtly obscure ultimate reality.

    A case in point is the so-called sequester, a Damocles sword the president and Congress had created to force them to work collaboratively on getting a handle on the annual federal deficit and the national debt. A Damocles sword suggests a pending doom of death, that if one does not take a certain action, an unfortunate outcome will occur. 

  • It’s been more than the usual fascination digesting feedback on recent columns, reflections that have ranged from “Huh?” to “You lost me,” so not so disparate reactions. That’s good. I’m learning to revel in un-clarity. 

  • It seems inconceivable that scammers would target current and former military service members who most deserve our respect and appreciation. Surely, as decent Americans, we all hope that no one even thinks about ripping off elderly and disabled veterans. In some cases, we would be wrong. 

  • Recently at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, I toured Air Force One Tail No. 27000, which is a Boeing 707 that was in service during Reagan’s presidency. It was a fascinating tour in that it was a humble jet with four seats across separated by an aisle. 

    The media seating area was the last part of the jet in the very back. I was reminded of Reagan’s policy to make the media pay “full fare plus one dollar” for every seat. 

  •  As a student living on Chicago’s south side in the early 1990s, I understood that the beginning of spring brought not only warmer days, but the sound of gunfire at night. Sometimes it would be the single shot from a handgun, and occasionally it would be the “pop-pop-pop” of a semi-automatic weapon. 

  •  Sorry, Todd Helton. You acted unwisely when you drove your vehicle while under the influence and will need to pay the consequences, which you will do most willingly. 

    That makes you human. 

    Thank you, though, for accepting responsibility rather than copping a superstar attitude like so many others in America’s pantheon of gods, heroes and lovable monsters.

  •  “Where my people lack vision, they perish” is a proverb from the Old Testament. How true for a political party as well.

    Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in beautiful Simi Valley, Calif. For me, this has been a few years in the planning. As you know, I admire Reagan for all he did for America. But, what did he really do for us? For you ’60s music fans, remember that “Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man; that he didn’t, didn’t already have.” 

  • Vox

    Second Amendment should be repealed or modified

    Editor:

    The gun control debate is missing the one most important fact: Repeal or modification of the Second Amendment is what is needed.

  • The president gave his State of the Union address last week. As a good citizen, I suppose I should’ve watched, but I couldn’t find the time. Actually, I could’ve, but I chose not to.

    The next day’s headline blared something about if he wants to secure his legacy, he needs to act quickly. I thought about that and wondered whether Abraham Lincoln fretted about his legacy.