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The Longmont Leader accepts letters to the editor and op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Publication will be at the discretion of the editor and published opinions do not represent the views of The Longmont Leader or its staff. To submit a contribution, email info@longmontleader.com.
Community column: Why is Longmont art important?

Community column: Why is Longmont art important?

"Though I am not a purveyor of magic potions that are going to make your life suddenly full of meaning, I think we all could use a little more local art in our lives. Who am I to suggest this? I am a local artist, working out of a studio downtown, who is tired of hearing 'I had no idea any of this was down here' every time someone stops in … and I’ll bet you’ve never heard of me." 
Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

"In this time of hyper-partisanship, HB21-1139 makes a good parable about participatory democracy. It is a matter that can be discussed by a diverse group civilly, and on which people can question each other without rancor and even change their minds. It’s a good reminder that we don’t have all the answers."
Commentary: Going forth with standardized tests may cause more problems than it solves

Commentary: Going forth with standardized tests may cause more problems than it solves

"In our view, as education researchers who specialize in science education, the learning sciences and educational assessment, we see an abundance of reasons to let states off the hook for testing this year."
Letter to the editor: Story wrongly implied council concerns about school resource officers

Letter to the editor: Story wrongly implied council concerns about school resource officers

"I have no fears that officers are targeting children of color. Among my constituents are parents who passionately support the program as well as parents who feel their children are not treated fairly.  My motivation was to give them a chance to speak, and to make sure that Longmont has a policy of continuous improvement in fulfilling this critically important duty."
Letter to the editor: Judy Lubow — The time is right for public banking in Colorado

Letter to the editor: Judy Lubow — The time is right for public banking in Colorado

"There are many laudable characteristics of a public bank, which should help Colorado’s economy. "
Guest column: Capitol Letters — Flurry of bills introduced in Legislature's opening week

Guest column: Capitol Letters — Flurry of bills introduced in Legislature's opening week

With 221 new bills (and more to come) there should be something for everyone. But today let’s look at some bills that could be especially meaningful to Longmont.
Letter to the editor: Locals voice support of Boulder County compost site plans, south of Longmont

Letter to the editor: Locals voice support of Boulder County compost site plans, south of Longmont

Member of SRL and the Coalition of Local Compost Action support the project.
Letter to the editor: Political cowardice can become motive for reform

Letter to the editor: Political cowardice can become motive for reform

"The argument that impeachment was unconstitutional was always flimsy at best and looks now like the political cover it was meant to be. It seems obvious the reason for the not guilty votes was fear of retribution from Trump and his supporters. The fear was not misplaced." 

Letter to the editor: Maybe fracking isn't so bad?

It’s 4 degrees below zero outside. It’s a comfy 64 degrees in my house.
Letter to the editor: Brian Bagley, not seeking third term as mayor

Letter to the editor: Brian Bagley, not seeking third term as mayor

After 10 years of service, Mayor Brian Bagley passes the torch with advice to voters.