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Columns

  • Jefferson County should reconstitute audit committee

    The Candid Curmudgeon

  • Words and dreams can set the caged bird free

    “There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow.”
    ­— Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables”

  • Ronald Reagan is not my hero

    Courier columnist Rob Witwer whet my appetite for a little repartee on politics with his recent comment that the next election cycle needs a leader like Ronald Reagan.
    Granola and soy milk spewed all over the breakfast table as I guffawed. Ronald Reagan? Really? Whose American hero is he?
    Reagan’s popularity soared when an insane would-be assassin with weak ties to Evergreen gunned him down. Some wish to credit Reagan with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but history favors Mikhail Gorbachev on that one.

  • Hopefuls draw lines in the sand

  • Reconciliation key to big solutions

    In a recent radio interview, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger made an interesting point about how polarized our politics have become. I’m paraphrasing here, but Kissinger’s idea is essentially that positive changes in society are achieved only through moments of reconciliation, not conflict. It seems clear he views the partisan environment as a major obstacle to the continued success of America.
    So how can we get to a point of reconciliation? And are we so polarized that reconciliation is no longer possible?

  • Possible signs of better times

    While there is nothing scientific about it, I’ve been thinking that the number of empty seats at Major League Baseball games this year suggests our economy is rebounding faster than most of the rest of the country. Our very mediocre Rockies draw big crowds while it seems like a lot of empty seats are watching better teams that have the misfortune of being located in areas with terrible economic stress.

  • The importance of being pleasant

    I was recently at an awards ceremony where a local business executive was honored. In describing his philosophy about hiring employees, he noted that his first test is always to find pleasant people. That rang true with me, but I’d never heard anyone say it before.
    It made me wonder: Is pleasantness the most underrated human trait?

  • The importance of being pleasant

    I was recently at an awards ceremony where a local business executive was honored. In describing his philosophy about hiring employees, he noted that his first test is always to find pleasant people. That rang true with me, but I’d never heard anyone say it before.
    It made me wonder: Is pleasantness the most underrated human trait?

  • For women, a drive for justice

    Did your heart stir at the recent news of the bravery of Saudi women as they dared to drive? Here’s a new word, “mihrim,” one they know all too well because this male guardian is needed to walk them to the store, give them permission to travel out of the country, or accompany them to the hospital to give birth.
    Saudi religious police are gaining powers over women, humiliating them in public, even as women are beginning to be seen demonstrating all over the Middle East.

  • Indirect results of direct governing