Editorials

EDITORIAL: Stop open-carry craziness in Aurora before someone gets hurt, not after

EDITORIAL: Stop open-carry craziness in Aurora before someone gets hurt, not after

This isn’t Mayberry. Police have a responsibility to investigate every episode of someone carrying a gun in public, even if it’s the same person out for their daily tease

EDITORIAL: Only local oversight can end statewide fracking war

EDITORIAL: Only local oversight can end statewide fracking war

The state must allow local jurisdictions the power to modify state setback requirements on a case-by-case basis

EDITORIAL: Where there’s pot smoke, there’s a neighborhood fire that needs to be prevented

EDITORIAL: Where there’s pot smoke, there’s a neighborhood fire that needs to be prevented

Where this is going to get dicey in Aurora is in apartment, condo and townhouse complexes. Homeowner associations governing these communities can and should regulate drunken behavior in common areas, but they can’t and shouldn’t restrict residents from consuming legal alcoholic beverages

EDITORIAL: Colorado can end cop impersonation danger by banning unmarked cars for traffic enforcement

EDITORIAL: Colorado can end cop impersonation danger by banning unmarked cars for traffic enforcement

Police will never voluntarily quit using the cars for traffic enforcement, educating the public and ending the problem immediately. For the sake of the public, the ban on unmarked-car traffic enforcement needs to be statewide, and it needs to be heavily publicized

EDITORIAL: Two years after Aurora theater shooting and no sign of stemming gun violence plague

EDITORIAL: Two years after Aurora theater shooting and no sign of stemming gun violence plague

So which of the 58 million Americans with psychiatric symptoms very much like the growing list of mass shooters do we lock up? And where?

EDITORIAL: Next police chief must advocate a force empowered to solve problems instead of ushering them into jails and courtrooms

EDITORIAL: Next police chief must advocate a force empowered to solve problems instead of ushering them into jails and courtrooms

Sheriff David Welcher said it best: Aurora needs a chief dedicated to problem-oriented policing, a model where police officers also take on the role of social workers, and one that encourages non-punitive solutions instead of jail time

EDITORIAL: Boulder clerk’s gay-marriage defiance works against, not for, a righteous cause

EDITORIAL: Boulder clerk’s gay-marriage defiance works against, not for, a righteous cause

Hall’s defiance of the ban is no different than that of a group of rogue, Republican sheriffs who refuse to enforce or even acknowledge gun-control measures approved by state lawmakers two years ago

EDITORIAL: Ending Adams County jail-bed cap is good news for Aurora, but only if it really happens

EDITORIAL: Ending Adams County jail-bed cap is good news for Aurora, but only if it really happens

City lawmakers and local voters all across Adams County now need to press Republican Michael McIntosh and Democrat Rick Reigenborn for details of how they would end the cap

EDITORIAL: State AG Suthers should back off shameful push against gay marriage

EDITORIAL: State AG Suthers should back off shameful push against gay marriage

All the arguments fail. All of them. Rather than pander to a shrinking minority of stubborn Colorado residents unable to let go of their own irrational and unconstitutional biases, Suthers and the state should concede the inevitable loss of the argument and the case

EDITORIAL: End teacher tenure and class warfare

EDITORIAL: End teacher tenure and class warfare

If the state wants better results in the classroom, it has to pay for them. And if teachers want better pay, it will mean more accountability, transparency and almost certainly, the end of long summer vacations that could be spent on evaluations, testing themselves for competency in the subjects they teach and honing their subject and teaching skills.