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Columns

  • How to keep fire safe this winter

    Evergreen Fire Rescue – ways to keep you and your family safe this winter
    During the winter season, fire departments see an increase in house fires. Our small Evergreen community has seen six homes damaged or destroyed during the months of November and December.  There is a common cause theme: the way people heat their homes and the use of heating devices.  
    For example:
    The Corral Creek fire points to a free-standing propane stove.
    The Meadow View fire was caused by firewood stacked too close to a wood-burning stove.

  • More funds means more to debate

    As news begins to trickle in about improvements to our economy, the political implications about who will benefit most will have both high stakes for the interests who will battle for the increased resources a better economy makes available, and high drama as our state’s leaders decide where to dedicate the newly found money.

  • To peace, perseverance and love

    I’ve never been fond of compilation columns or the laundry lists produced when deadline arrives before any decent ideas, but I’m going to indulge myself this week with a list of thank-yous amid the holidays:

  • Governor is lone star among GOP hopefuls

    A national Gallup poll now shows Rick Perry in third place among GOP presidential candidates, behind Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. The Republican nominating convention meets in Florida a long nine months from now, and many unforeseen fireworks, and much unloaded candidate “baggage,” could shift popular opinion dramatically. Thus, in spite of some gaffes this fall, Perry remains a tenacious contender, and might well emerge the victor in Florida.   

  • Reapportionment is really an art

    I don’t know how other Evergreen and Conifer residents feel, but it looks to me like the people drawing boundary lines for legislative and congressional districts must think we’re all schizophrenics!

  • The reason for the season

    I recently read that 42 percent of Americans join the annual tradition of Black Friday, flooding malls and big-box stores to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. Many start well before the sun rises, standing in lines to take advantage of special deals for early risers.
    I don’t exactly remember when the term “Black Friday” entered the American vernacular, but it wasn’t long ago. Now, it’s heard as often as other words that enjoy a much longer tradition — words like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Bergen traffic light critical to pedestrian safety

    By Rocky Graziano

  • For Coloradans, a day for giving

    Now that we’re into the holiday season and near the end of the year, many Coloradans are preparing to make a large part of their charitable gifts for 2011. For the second year in a row, we have the opportunity to make many of those gifts through Colorado Gives Day.

  • State hiring reforms worth a look

    Gov. John Hickenlooper seems ready to take a bite out of one of the bigger issues for a chief executive in Colorado. He announced earlier this month that he’s begun to look at options to reform Colorado’s state personnel system.

  • An alma mater in disgrace

    I spent four of the best years of my life at Penn State University.