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Opinion

  • Welcome to Belen

    We’re happy to welcome a new member to the MetroWest reporting team this week.

    She is Belen Ward. Though her main assignment is Fort Lupton, don’t be surprised to see her up and down the U.S. Highway 85 corridor.

  • In our recent travels, we got to see a few examples of what makes the area so special.

    They were for vastly different reasons, but each struck us in a positive way.

    The second annual Touch a Truck event at Brighton City Hall Aug. 25 was terrific. Lots of people milling around the yards and at Carmichael Park, all of whom had a chance to climb inside more trucks than you could imagine. Big trucks, little trucks, medium-sized trucks. Big helmets and small ones fit heads of all sizes.

  • We’re joining the Boston Globe and more than 100 other newspapers in Colorado and around the country today to protest President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.

    Journalists here in Brighton and across the country are your neighbors, your friends, maybe even your relatives. We work hard to bring you unbiased news about what’s going on and how it affects you.

  •  The Commonwealth Fund’s just-released 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performanceconfirmed what other recent studies have shown: Life expectancy in the United States is going down while it continues to go up in other developed countries. And rural areas seem to be disproportionately affected. 

  • Dear editor,

    Emergency sirens are considered an outside warning device and will warn citizens who are outside and away from notification devices, such as a TV or radio, of impending severe weather. 

    The sirens will not penetrate most homes or businesses built today, especially the basements. 

    Therefore, many citizens never hear the emergency notification sirens during severe weather. 

  • Dear Ask A Therapist,

    It’s a whole different ball game when my children get out of school for summer. We have lots of fun, but stress seems to bubble up. Please give me some parenting tips.

     

    Dear parent,

     

    Yes, school’s out for the summer! Mostly stress-free weeks, right? 

  • Dear Editor, 

    When people in eastern Colorado think of the University of Colorado, they often picture far off campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver or the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. But like objects in a car mirror, CU is closer than it appears.

  • The Brighton Standard Blade welcomes letters from any political candidate in a local or statewide race. 

    Letters must be 300 words or less.

     

    Dear editor, 

  • Editor’s note: Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed House Bill 1258 Monday, June 4.

     

    Dear editor,

    Allowing marijuana smoking or vaping any public place or workplace is the wrong direction for Colorado. No one should be forced to breathe smoke, whether it is from tobacco, marijuana, or vaping in public places or workplaces.

  •  Editor’s note: State legislators passed Senate Bill 223 recently, which reduces access to autopsy reports for juveniles. Newspaper personnel and other media organizations opposed the bill, which was requested by county coroners around the state. 

          The Colorado Press Association – a lobbying group for newspapers across the state, including MetroWest Newspapers – asked the governor to veto the bill in this letter:

     

  • Dear Ask A Therapist,

    How can I tell when anxiety and panic attacks are at concerning levels?

     

    Dear reader, 

    I can give you a quick view of what is good to know about anxiety and panic. Anxiety and panic attacks are disorders that can be treated effectively using psychotherapy or medications, or both, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Hallmarks of anxiety include excessive worry, feelings of dread and insomnia, to name a few.

  • I was at the Walmart store in Brighton on Wednesday May 2, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

    Normally, my shopping experience there is in the grocery department. On this day I was shopping for more. I had not yet become acquainted with the remodeled store lay-out. There were some items I was looking for. This meant quite a bit of walking. 

  •  Dear editor,

    Tax cuts are helping some businesses expand. They’re helping mine survive. 

    The recently passed federal tax cuts include much for businesses to like. A new 20 percent tax deduction, immediate expensing of capital investment, and lower across-the-board tax rates give some businesses the extra funds they need to expand, hire, and raise wages. 

  •  Dear editor,

    College is not always the right next step. That’s not something you probably hear often, and when you do, you might think, “it is if I want to make a living and become somebody!” 

  • I share the feelings of our country, which is deeply saddened by the recent shooting deaths of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and faculty in South Florida.

  • Dear editor:

    The Eagle View Adult Center held its 30th annual Spaghetti Luncheon on Saturday, March 3. The funds raised from the event benefit the many activities and programs for the older adults in our community.

    We raised over $2400 and served 307 meals. We are thrilled!!

  • Dear editor,

    The Good Luck 4-H club kicked off the new year with its annual Discovery Day on Jan. 27 at the Adams County Fairgrounds.  Discovery Day gives new and prospective 4-H members the opportunity to see the different projects that the Good Luck 4-H club has to offer.  

  • State trooper Jacob Cleveland

    Recently a vehicle drove off the road and into a stream in Jefferson County. Fortunately, the driver was not hurt, but during an investigation it was discovered the older driver was returning from the doctor’s office. 

  • Jim Rohrer

    Columnist

    The Constitution reserves the process for nominating presidential candidates to state and local governments, but it has largely been ceded to the political parties. I believe many voters think this nomination cycle is a mess. 

  • The Clean Power Plan, which requires utility companies to decrease carbon emissions by more than 30 percent by 2030, was federally passed in August. The implementation of the plan means a big shift in Colorado’s energy industry is needed and is already building momentum.