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Columns

  • 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.

  • Living in Evergreen a dream come true

    After living in our Centennial home for 20 years, we put it on the market on a Monday.
    Tuesday: Six showings scheduled.
    Wednesday:  Signed contract.
    Thursday: Fourth of July.
    Friday: Dream home found in Evergreen.
    Saturday: Signed contract on our new home.
    (I love when a plan comes together.)

  • Evergreen needs to live local, shop local

    By Ron Isaacson
    Evergreen is a town where people act to meet a challenge … head on! This year, we came together to support those who survived the flood, unforeseen disruption to their workplace or life.
    We’ve come together to rally for a cause and pool our energies for the common good. Evergreen is such an amazing place that was just recognized nationally as one of the top five small towns in the country to retire in. It was praised as a place where residents have worked hard to make their dreams a reality and can ease back and enjoy the good life.

  • Recall motivated only by politics

    When state Sen. Evie Hudak threw in the towel and resigned her seat in the Colorado Senate rather than wait to see if enough signatures would be gathered to force a recall election against her, some recall proponents suggested she had cheated them out of an election. If their efforts were truly directed at removing her from office, shouldn’t they have been declaring victory?

  • Words about time and the river

    Dear Sis:

    OHIOPYLE, Pa. — You never shared my need to return to these rivers and creeks and hollows when wounded, this ancient place where water and stone wage their endless battle.

    I come here hoping the universe will once again make sense, yet leave each time with the comforting and appalling certainty that life is merely a series of accidents, and we are their lucky or unlucky victims.

  • November: a time to remember, a time to act

    By Ellen Golombek

    Before he served in Congress and before he went to the White House, Lt. John F. Kennedy commanded torpedo boats in the South Pacific during World War II. His distinguished military career resulted in being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. He was proud of his service and once said, “I can imagine no more rewarding a career.”

  • Plea deal makes sense for Holmes

    It’s time to make a deal with James Holmes.

     

    As we approach the year and a half anniversary of the tragedy of the Aurora theater shootings and as the pretrial hearings continue (and continue and continue!), it looks less and less likely that Holmes will ever be executed. It would be in the public interest to get some kind of plea in place that assures Holmes will spend the rest of his life in custody, to achieve final resolution and to put this ordeal to bed once and for all.

  • Wild turkeys are thankful they’re not extinct

    While we have many things to be thankful for, I think the wild turkeys must be thankful for being alive because these big, beautiful, wild birds came very close to extinction.

     

    This great American bird was fairly common over much of America and was taken to Europe in the early 16th century where it was domesticated and became a very popular dish. In America, it was also very popular, but there were no domestic turkeys to buy at the market.

  • We’re better when working together

    By Jim Rohrer