By Leslie Nichols

As your superintendent responsible for administering the affairs of our public school district, I feel compelled to ensure that accurate information is available on Amendment 73.

As I clambered my way up the trail recently, I passed two languishing young women. One of them regarded her sandwich with distaste. “I am going to toss this,” she said. “I know there is a squirrel who will appreciate it.”

Amendment 73 would increase annual income taxes in Colorado by $1.6 billion. Th ose tax dollars would go into a separate fund and be exempt from all limits under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights — and they would not be available for any purpose other than PreK-12 education.

Democratic candidate for governor Jared Polis has a knack for making history. If he wins, he’ll be the first openly gay person elected to the highest state office anywhere in the country.

The sky has been bluer the past few days than it has been all summer. Must be that fall is in the air.

I bumped into Matt Carpenter on Manitou Avenue early Sunday afternoon. He was sitting outside his ice cream shop, waiting for a customer. I had just completed the epic Pikes Peak Marathon race that he owned for the better part of two decades.

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