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Columns

  • Just woofing: Barking is a bear

    The hills are alive with the sound of barking dogs. Warm weather is surely upon us. The windows are open, the smells are fresh, but the sounds can be awful if you live in a neighborhood where people harbor bored or unhappy pets.
    Reading on the interwebs, you’ll learn there are three types of people who accommodate barking dogs: the uninformed, the lazy and reluctant, and the malicious and recalcitrant. Hmmm, could one of these be you?
    Hi Sparky. There you are again.

  • Spend now, or spend more later

    When I first started working, some of the best advice I ever got was, “Don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” Over the years, that idiom has helped me to step back and think about long-term priorities, immediate needs and how they should be balanced and prioritized.

  • NFL risks demystifying the game

    I was lucky enough to be present at John Elway’s first comeback game. I remember well the feeling heading into the fourth quarter at old Mile High Stadium. As the sun began to fade and the final seconds ticked off the clock in the third quarter, things seemed pretty bleak for the Broncos. Down 19-0 to the Baltimore Colts, it looked as though my first-ever in-person Broncos game would be a bust.
    Then something wonderful happened. In the space of one quarter, Elway led his team to three touchdowns and rallied his team to an improbable 21-19 win. It was magical.

  • Desperately seeking legitimacy

    If marijuana makes you giggle, it’s easy to have a good laugh at the plethora of dispensaries on seemingly every street corner in certain Denver neighborhoods. Talking with two patients who have benefited greatly from marijuana edibles made me straighten up and take notice.

  • Clear Creek schools making great strides

    By Jeff Miller
    Warming temperatures, greener meadows and restless students — all signs that the end of the school year is approaching. While students yearn for summer break, parents contemplate the future. For those who are weighing educational options, I’d like to offer some insight into Clear Creek Middle and High Schools.

  • Help in the fight against MS

    It’s often said, “ ‘Tis a pleasure to live in Colorado.” And it is. We have some of the best quality of life of anywhere in the world. But one odd blemish that researchers have yet to fully understand is why we have a higher incidence of multiple sclerosis than most anywhere else.

  • Thoughts on a post-party world

    If you think the political atmosphere has become more complicated lately, you’re right. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that fewer Americans are willing to call themselves Republicans or Democrats than ever before, leaving our once-binary system in a state of multilateral flux.

  • Let’s leave standardized tests behind

    Jefferson County offers many school alternatives — neighborhood, option, charter and special programs, each with a different focus. Free public education with choice is about the best investment that can be made for a bright future. Unfortunately, the system has been corrupted by big business and a dysfunctional approach that institutionalizes one standard.

  • GOP can’t bear another sideshow

    I’ve never been much of a believer in governmental conspiracy theories. First of all, I’ve not met many people creative enough to think of them. Second, there are few, if any, people who could actually carry one out. Finally, if it could be crafted and carried out, how in the world would you keep it a secret?

  • Talks with teachers should be open to public

    By Ben Degrow