After almost four years of construction and several months of delays, the R Line — also referred to as the I-225 Rail or the Aurora Line — will bring 10.5 miles of new light rail to the city, spanning from the northern terminus at the Peoria Station to the current end of the line at Nine Mile. The R Line will continue west and south before finishing each route at the Lincoln Station in Lone Tree. PHOTO BY QUINCY SNOWDON/Aurora Sentinel

AURORA | The digital letters scrawled across the front of the light rail trains that have been coursing through Aurora in recent months will finally swap out that “test train” text for “Lincoln” or “Peoria” next week when the new R Line, a 22-mile stretch of light rail connecting Aurora to Denver International Airport and the […]

Samantha Westerdale helps Elias Rodriguez during Honors US History on Monday Feb. 13, 2017 at Rangeview High School.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

For science teacher Jennifer Nass-Fukai, she said there’s a lot the numbers don’t show. At Cherry Creek’s Overland High School, where 76 percent of the students aren’t white and more than half qualify for free and reduced lunch prices, there’s problems that predominantly white and wealthy school districts don’t face, she said.

FILE - This Sept. 24, 1997 file photo shows the table on which the convicted murderer Gary Lee Davis was executed in the Colorado State Penitentiary east of Canon City, Colo. Just three people sit on death row in Colorado. Even if Aurora theater mass shooter James Holmes, who was convicted on July 16, 2015, is sentenced to death, he could spend much of the rest of his life in prison awaiting execution. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

Colorado can no longer even get capital convictions. Even a case as repulsive as the Aurora theater shootings have been unable to persuade a jury to murder the convict for his horrific crime. The only thing that adds up from these cases is the massive bill taxpayers must pony up to prosecute a death penalty case, just to lose it. And even if there’s a win, the exorbitant expense of decades of appeals and special prison accommodations only compounds the folly

6TH DISTRICT Rep. Mike Coffman explains his votes on health care and federal spending to a group of voters at an assisted-living development in Highlands Ranch, Colo., on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.  (AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt)

We’ve all been sucking it up as we’ve suffered through the very real abuse inflicted by Republican health care legislation, Democratic health care legislation and entities that have wagged both those dogs for decades. Coffman and other congressmen can suck it up and show up at town meetings to get an earful, first-hand about how serious the health-care issue is, and how wrong they might be about how to change it