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Columns

  • Many in the community still need help

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. No, relax, I’m not going to ply you with Lombardi-isms this week, but when I saw pleas for help from two area nonprofits in the last week, I found myself thinking about the need for us to dig down and support people in need in our community. It made me think of the kind of inspirational speech the coach of the Green Bay Packers would have given to his team while I was growing up.

  • Doing nothing and doing it well

    Every election cycle, candidates come along with slick new ideas for reforming government. But one of the best ideas has been around for centuries: “Govern a great nation,” wrote the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “as you would cook a small fish — do not overdo it.”

  • Good citizens embrace their freedoms

    Editor’s note: Columnist Greg Romberg’s space this week is being taken by his daughter Rebekah Romberg. Rebekah, a senior at Evergreen High School, recently won the Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Scholarship for her essay on being a good citizen. Rebekah was given up to two hours to write the following essay based just on her own knowledge and without either prior knowledge of the question or access to any research or resource materials.

  • Women aren’t going anywhere

    “Now I know it’s a national law in America that women are more evolved than men, but if that’s true, how come they are still so impressed by shiny objects?” quips Bill Maher. Oh, ha, ha. Like a blonde joke, I guess?

  • A little more Goldwater, a little less Plato

    Many Americans can recall what was perhaps the first really nasty ad of the television era, run by Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 presidential campaign. In it, a little girl counts the petals she picks from a daisy. Gradually, her voice is replaced with a countdown and then, ominously, a mushroom cloud consumes the screen. Vote for Johnson, the ad suggests, or perish in a nuclear holocaust.

  • Technology giving stalkers many new tools

    Stalking has always been a frightening crime. For a victim, it means constant fear, anxiety and self-doubt. One in six women and one in 19 men are stalked in their lifetime, most often by a current or former intimate partner. Unfortunately, stalking has changed with the times. Today a stalker may be empowered by a variety of easily accessible gadgets and online tools.

    Elements of the crime

  • Campaign season is upon us

    As you have no doubt concluded from the many recent GOP presidential debates, it’s an election year. And it’s a watershed year for Colorado politics, in many ways.
    Jeffco voters will be casting ballots in races that range from county commissioner to U.S. Congress. And nearly all the voters in our coverage areas find themselves electing U.S. House members and state legislators in redrawn districts that will be game-changers for candidates and voters.

  • Whom do you want in front of your kids?

    It’s an election year, and many of us have a big question on our minds: “Whom do we want in front of our country?” While work in the White House is clearly imperative, we might consider asking ourselves something that’s probably just as important: “Whom do we want in front of our kids?”

  • Right advice on wrong end of horse

    You never know when you’re going to have a life changing experience.
        Stories about both the untimely death of former CU and CSU track coach Jerry Quiller at the age of 69 and his funeral in the last couple of weeks reminded me of the impact Quiller had on my development in a way that I’m sure he never even realized.

  • Remember, we’re Americans first

    When I was a kid, my family took a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the sights. I especially remember the day we sat in the Senate gallery, watching a debate. There, I saw something strange — Teddy Kennedy, a Democrat, and Orrin Hatch, a Republican, sharing a friendly conversation and a laugh together. I later read those two were the best of friends, despite their vast differences on matters of policy.