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Respecting Fellow Citizens Despite Ideological Differences

Engaging in reasonable political discussion should not require a commonly approved opinion. Too frequently, groups and individuals use shaming tactics to discredit and silence ideas in political discussion. Perhaps you have noticed these individuals; they come from all political affiliations and are most often heard on social media. The mantra of the shamer is “I […]

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Election Season Filled with Scandal

The moral of this election is don’t use email. Clinton’s email server has been a huge talking point this election, on grounds of cybersecurity and transparency. The FBI is correct in pointing out the “gross negligence” of a private server. The FBI found 113 emails containing classified information, of which 3 had classification markers, and […]

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Discussing the Impacts of Raising Minimum Wages Across the Nation

This year marks the first big election year I have participated in. My parents mailed in my ballot from Washington, and, along with voting for president for the first time, I also voted on key issues presented on the Washington ballot. For instance, Initiative 1433 proposed to raise the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 an […]

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Ballot Issue 3A, 3B: Increasing Funding for JeffCo Schools

Although Jefferson County is relatively wealthy, schools have disappointing academic statistics compared to national averages. Ballot issues 3A and 3B were added to the ballot by the local school board and are part of a process to improve the schools in the county. The city council has given its support to both bills, which put […]

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Proposition 106: Giving People the Freedom to Choose

Proposition 106 on the Colorado ballot would give terminally-ill patients the ability to self-administer medicine that would quickly end their life. Under the proposition, patients with less than six months to live would have the capability to take, in a lethal dosage, secobarbital – which is generally administered as a sleeping aid. Rivals to the […]