• Marge Baker

    Guest Column


    A poll conducted late last year found that more than 7 in 10 voters think our election system is “biased in favor of the candidate with the most money.”

  • On several occasions in the column, I’ve referred to my rather dull military experience. In the early 1960s, every American male had what was called a “military obligation.” On your 18th birthday, you were expected to register for the draft. And, if you were not considered ineligible, for any number of reasons, you could either enlist or wait to be drafted.

    When the draft was ended, and that “military obligation” along with it, many people thought our military might dwindle to perhaps a handful of malcontents and unhappy losers.

  • Jill Richardson

    Guest Column


    As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.

    Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.

  • Take an otherwise awful story about a guy failing in business, romance and family matters, and cast Kevin Costner. Make it a sports movie, because he’s good at those. Plaster it with enough logos and stars to turn it into a massive advertisement for the National Football League. Then sit back and let everything work its way out.


  • Lindy Schultz

    Guest Column


    Let’s say you suspect a young person may be experiencing a mental-health crisis. You know you want to help … but you may not feel confident or equipped to open the conversation. Perhaps you waiver, thinking, “What if I say the wrong thing?  I could make the situation worse.”  

  • Rep. Mike Coffman

    It is not a well-known fact that the fastest-growing segment of organized crime, as well as the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, is sex trafficking. And while many believe this is only an international problem that pervades third-world countries, the unfortunate reality is that sex trafficking also occurs here in the United States.



    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist


    The 2015 Chrysler 200 really starts in two places: on fingertips reaching from the driver’s seat and, perhaps more importantly, a blank sheet of paper.

    Both are big starts and are huge leaps for Chrysler, who hasn’t had an attractive mid-size sedan since the last time we could understand Bob Dylan. 

  • Editor:

    Stuart Sanderson, Colorado Mining Association’s President, filed a motion for a rehearing of Ballot Initiative #75 (The Colorado Community Rights Amendment). This motion attempts to prevent signature gathering and, if the required number of signatures are gathered, a statewide vote.  Brownstein Hyatt Farber Screck LLC. Is representing Sanderson. 

  • Editor:

    Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Lochbuie election. I learned a lot about politics. This is the first time I’ve run in an election.

    I will do a better job with the next election. It was a good election this time around. I hope the future is good for all the candidates who won and for Lochbuie.


    Martha Bradfield



  • Editor:

    I want to extend a sincere thank you to the citizens of Lochbuie for putting their trust in me and electing me to the Board of Trustees for Lochbuie. 

    As per my pledges during

    the campaign, I will do my best to open up the Town meetings, business, and planning to you, the citizens of Lochbuie.

  • Editor:

    We would like to express our appreciation to the Brighton Fire Protection District and all volunteers who came to assist my mom in the house fire last month on North 12th Court, and also the two young ladies and their father who heard my mother’s calls for help and came to her rescue.

    We would love to thank you in person, please contact the Brighton Blade so we can get exchange information and thank you personally. Thank you so much.

    Roselyn Perreira and Rose Gerk

  • Monday evening, April 14, will be the first Seder of the Jewish holiday of Passover. I am surprised how few Christians realize that The Last Supper was a Passover Seder.

    In the Gospels The Last Supper is referred to as The Feast of the Unleven Bread, or as we Jews call it, matzot. 

    When I was a youngster in school, Christian kids would want us to explain Passover to them. I would simply say, “Go see The Ten Commandments.” 

  • Lost in the rush of everything happening last week was the sad ending of a chapter in the history of the Brighton Banner, our competition for the past few years.

    Credit goes to Mark Humbert and Allison Lockwood and their crew of writers for keeping it going as long as they did and for keeping it as local as they did.


  • Editor:

    The guest editorial on the Keystone XL pipeline is way off base.

  • Dear Editor,

  • Editor:

    I am so tired of Mr. Jacobson’s propaganda and defense of Republicans. They are for the rich and privileged and do not care about average Americans or the poor.

  • Journalists love a good story, but I’ll be happy just the same if I never have to write another column and oil and gas regulations in Brighton.

    I also have to assume city staff and council members will be happy to move beyond the mess we’ve witnessed the past few weeks (Note: this column is going to press just hours before council was expected to rescind the moratorium on applications).


  •  Lu Nelsen

    Center for Rural Affairs


    The wind energy industry has been a big boost to communities across the country, providing a new income source to farmers and ranchers that host projects, reinvigorating small communities by providing new economic opportunities and funding for fire and police departments, schools, infrastructure, and other public services.

  • Emily Schwartz Greco
    & William A. Collins


    It’s hard to get your mind wrapped around Russia’s annexation of Crimea and seizure of Ukrainian military bases there. It was — and many Ukrainians say still is — part of a neighboring sovereign country until mid-March.

    And it seemed like Europe had transcended that kind of old-school warmongering.

  • Ryan Alexander

    Guest Column


    No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, they can’t make highway funding magically appear. But that doesn’t stop them fiddling and flailing as they burn through the Highway Trust Fund.