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Columns

  • Robert Gates’ ‘Duty’ a good read for all citizens

    OK, I admit it: I can’t resist reading every single insider book that portends to explain the goings-on within our government. Most of us have strong opinions concerning the executive branch of our government powered by the simplistic rhetoric of Fox or MSNBC. We have become a group of “Monday-morning quarterbacks.” The Bush hate seemed to be unprecedented, until the Obama hate got into full swing.

  • A bad ending; positive steps needed

    You had to know it wouldn’t end well. And it didn’t!

  • Protecting local nonprofits should be a priority

    By Greg Dobbs

    How would you like it if you lived in New Jersey — home of the Meadowlands, home of this year’s (sad, sad, sad) Super Bowl — only to find out that much of the publicity, not to mention much of the revenue from the big game, has been co-opted by the state of New York?

  • Federal official steps in grouse guano

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell stepped into the proverbial sage grouse doodoo in Craig last month.

  • After review … the ruling on the field stinks

    We are being bombarded by the Ray Rice situation. The story is now bigger than a case of domestic violence, and it sure looks like the league swept it under the rug. Why is that a big story? The owners know that, as legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning  isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” Or, as our favorite owner, Al Davis, put it, “Just win, baby.”

  • Unemployment rate hides a sobering reality

    If we simply look at the unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, it would seem that things are getting better, but there is much that lurks beneath the surface of this calculation.
    What this doesn’t take into account is that millions of workers have given up. You may ask why anyone would give up looking for work when a good job is the key to so many positive life outcomes. A good job increases our feeling of self-worth, it pays the rent, and it just enhances the experience of looking into a mirror.

  • Photographer’s dream turns to nightmare

    Ouch. If you haven’t heard, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense smothered the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. The Broncos’ offense didn’t help much either. It seemed like, from their first snap, the entire team started to unravel.

  • Change your strategy, but not your values

    As I read about the record-breaking Internet sales being reported this Christmas, I remember s0metime around 1985 I was asked to co-chair a task force at Sears headquarters to come up with ideas about how the retailer should leverage the use of the Internet.

  • Politics will reign at the Capitol in ’14

    Against the backdrop of the first successful recalls of sitting state legislators in Colorado history, the Colorado General Assembly convenes today. The changes from the recall will be evident in a number of ways.

  • New school board gets low marks

    Oops!

    The new majority on the Jefferson County Board of Education made serious errors of both judgment and process in ramming though a contract to hire outside counsel for the board. When dealing with the public’s money and the public’s trust, there are right ways to do things, and there are wrong ways to do things. There aren’t many things that could have been more wrong on this contract.

     

    Let’s go step by step.