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Columns

  • We should never forget to say thanks

    The every-other-week nature of this column sometimes makes it difficult to be timely, so let me apologize in advance for the lateness of these Memorial Day sentiments. But I hope late is better than never to offer gratitude to those who have given everything for our country, and those who continue to make sacrifices day in and day out.

  • Energy independence: Just do it

    By Jim Rohrer

  • Pondering the ecstasy, agony of the feet

    There was a time in Evergreen in the early ‘70s when you got your Birkenstocks from Pat Pendleton and Ted Lothammer out of the back of a Chinook camper. They also offered human-potential workshops at their Evergreen Retreat Center up above the Lake. The couple’s work eventually morphed into People House, Facilitator Training and so much more. Ted’s legacy has been documented in a new book, “Patron Saint of Rascals,” by Cheryl Williams Card.

  • Higher ed needs the public’s support

  • Lamenting the politics of the power play

    In the waning hours of the legislative session earlier this month, leadership in the Colorado House of Representatives used procedural delaying tactics to kill a civil-unions bill that otherwise had the votes to pass. In a special session less than a week later, the same bill was assigned to a different committee, resulting in it being killed a second time — again, when it had the votes to pass the whole House.

  • Grads will leave empty place behind

    “As soon as you walk out of our door … everything’s going to change, and it won’t change back. Not to the way it is now. I am so happy for you … and I am so proud. … Sometimes I want my sweet little (child) back. I’m going to miss you a lot.”
    — from the TV show “Glee”

  • Civil discourse: a horse is a horse

    As work in the state House of Representatives ground to a halt on the second to last night of the legislative session last week to ensure that no vote would be taken on legislation to create civil unions, I found myself reflecting on the role my hometown of Steamboat Springs played in the debate on same-sex unions way back in 1975.

  • It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs — and jobs

    I laugh when I hear politicians talk about growing jobs. Like growing grass, they think all we need is a little water and some good soil. Most know nothing about the nation’s business.

  • Let’s try to keep politics in its place

    As we enter the most intense period of the American political cycle — Ppresidential election season — it’s worth reminding ourselves that not everything is political. This may sound obvious enough, but lately the line between politics and everything else has become blurred.

  • Nature’s privileges do come with responsibility

    The naturalist John Muir wrote, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” Many of us came to the Front Range foothills to find ourselves, and nature has been the common path. Our mountain community is just about paradise on Earth, and as the Denver Post weather page and building both acclaim, “ ’Tis a privilege to live in Colorado.”
    The Lower North Fork fire was a reminder that with privilege comes responsibility. Fire mitigation is on everyone’s minds, but will it be enough?