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Columns

  • Obama’s end-of-year list should include pardons

    End-of-the-year lists are filling my in box. Here are a few examples: 10 Things Republicans Don’t Want You to Know About the “Fiscal Cliff”; the 10 Worst Ways your Children are Being Poisoned Right Now: vaccines, food, video games and more; and 12 Things You Should Always Haggle Over. There are several best album evaluators. Best films. Best tweets. Well, to me, the best tweet is no tweet at all.

  • Is this an argument we need to have?

    By Greg Dobbs

  • Finding our way to actual solutions

    Readers might be wondering why this week’s Courier has no stories with local reaction to the massacre in Newtown, Conn. — and that’s a fair question.

  • Questioning the wisdom of recall drive

    By Greg Dobbs
    I was opposed to the fire district’s plan to put up a burn building obnoxiously and maybe perilously close to people’s homes in Bergen Park. Not that it affected mine — for me it will be out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But in a place like Evergreen, we’re all neighbors. So on the behalf of neighbors who would be directly impacted, I did everything I could to prevent it.

  • Seceding from rational thought

    Just think of the opportunities secession will give to Coloradans from all walks of life. Once we rid ourselves of that evil scourge that’s haunted us since we became a state a tortuous 136 years ago, we can move on and meet our true destiny.

  • From an apocalypse to a renaissance?

    You won’t be needing to tell President Obama to move to the center. The president won because he is the center. The election sounded an alarm that conjoined various coalitions supporting a more liberal agenda around gay marriage, immigration reform, health care for all, minority rights and women’s rights.

  • It’s OK to wish me a merry Christmas

    In early July this year, someone — with the kindest of intentions — wished me a “happy holiday.” I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but upon reflection I wondered what holiday, other that the Fourth of July, could he have possibly meant?

  • Time to pick out the perfect Christmas tree

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, and winter will soon begin to settle in. It is not bitter cold today but colder than forecast. This is no doubt due to a high overcast, which appears to be much thicker than expected.

  • Time to pick out the perfect Christmas tree

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, and winter will soon begin to settle in. It is not bitter cold today but colder than forecast. This is no doubt due to a high overcast, which appears to be much thicker than expected.

  • From insurrection, love for a new country

    “But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free —
    We love our land for what she is and what she is to be”
    — from “America For Me,” by Henry Van Dyke

    Poetry creates insurrection. When I created an assignment using poetry to teach grammar and communication, my ESL students marched off to the dean’s office to complain.
    “We signed up to study grammar, not poetry.”