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Opinion

  • If you have been in a Sears store in the last few years, you could tell that the end was near for the 130-year-old retail giant.
    The saying “all good things come to an end” also applies to iconic companies. I remember my first day working for Sears starting as a trainee. I had resigned my commission as an Air Force officer to begin a retail career. I was certain I was doing the right thing.

  • John Newkirk

  • Donald Trump should not have been able to nominate a Supreme Court justice in the opening days of his presidency. It was unconscionable that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues didn’t give Merrick Garland a hearing where he would have proven that he was imminently qualified to serve on the high court and earned confirmation.

  • Greg Dobbs

  • I hate to say it, but all the discussion about repealing and replacing Obamacare is like rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Insurance premiums are just following the costs generated by the way healthcare is practiced in this country. So whether we replace the act or leave it as is until we change the way medicine is practiced in America the costs will be high.

  • I can’t remember precisely when I first read Steven R. Covey’s 1987 bestselling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The book changed the way I view life and success. As I look at the number of addresses in my Amazon account, I can see that I have sent the book to lots of people who I thought could benefit from its wisdom.

  • I can’t remember precisely when I first read Steven R. Covey’s 1987 bestselling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The book changed the way I view life and success. As I look at the number of addresses in my Amazon account, I can see that I have sent the book to lots of people who I thought could benefit from its wisdom.

  • “And if I’d have known then, what I know now

    “I’d never let you disappear into the crowd

    “Or turn away the way I did

    “With so much left unsaid

    “If I … if I’d have known it was the last time.”

    — Lee Ann Womack

     

    What a long, strange trip it’s been.

  • Editor’s note: For my penultimate column as editor of these newspapers, I could think of nothing more appropriate than a piece I wrote in the mid-’90s for the Boulder Daily Camera in honor of my father. Tuesday would have been Isaac Bell’s 97th birthday. That long-ago column appears below, thanks to permission from the Camera and its executive editor, my old buddy Kevin Kaufman.

  • I’ve seen a man standing on the Genessee bridge over I-70 waving an American flag during morning rush hour several times over the last couple of months. At first I assumed he was a Donald Trump supporter celebrating the election of our new president. Other days, I wondered if he was expressing support for our country in response to concerns about things the new president had done. It then occurred to me that his display of patriotism could be driven by general support of our country, having nothing to do with current events.

  • Neglected properties in downtown Evergreen are a detriment to our town and its businesses

    Editor:

    We all live in this wonderful Evergreen for a variety of reasons, and we take pride in it. We support our community through the 120 nonprofits, organizations, our surrounding parks and lake, and we take care of it.

    Most of us, anyway.

  • “Solid stone is just sand and water, baby.

    Sand and water, and a million years gone by.”

    — Beth Nielsen Chapman

    HIGH ABOVE THE STEGOSAURUS LOT — On a chilly and snowy Sunday, no birds of prey are visible from the raptor observation area along the trail, and no hikers or bikers pass by. To the south, clouds close in on the Rooney Valley, and throughout the gray landscape a sense of foreboding looms.

  • With the new year, an election facing three members of the Jefferson County school board in November, and the failure of the bond and mill request in 2016, it’s time for the current board to take stock.

    This board, all five members, won their seats based on a call for increased transparency but has recently violated transparency principles in its handling of the employment of the current superintendent. It promised outreach to the community but received a resounding “you didn’t listen to us” message from citizens when the bond and mill went down.

  • Day one! Today marks the opening of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly. For the next 120 days, legislators from throughout Colorado will be responsible for doing the people’s business.

  • When my sister and I were young, we loved the 1960s space opera “Lost in Space.” And, without a doubt, our favorite episode involved various members of the wandering Robinson family silently disappearing from the Jupiter 2 one at a time, in apparent defiance of the laws of physics.

  • Several years ago our newspapers were in need of a new publisher, and the mother ship in Kentucky sent word that the leading candidate would be arriving from Florida on an upcoming Sunday afternoon. However, it was with little regret — and virtually no fear for my job — that I told my out-of-state bosses I would have to meet Tim Zeman at a much later hour.

  • Several weeks ago a group of World War II veterans quietly gathered in Atlanta for what in all likelihood would be their final reunion. All in their 90s, they were the last remnant of a group of American volunteers that secretly traveled overseas in 1941 to fly combat missions against a brutal Japanese offensive in Asia. Their heroic exploits earned them the nickname “Flying Tigers.” To this day the Chinese speak of them in reverent tones, and few Flying Tigers were more revered than the spirited squadron leader known as Scarsdale Jack.

  • Thoughts on the election

    Editor:

    We are writing on Wednesday, Nov. 9. We are very happy. The candidate we supported for almost two years is now president-elect. We are part of the “common folk.” We knew people wanted a better economy, more opportunities, not more elitism, not more racism or gender bias.

  • In the wake of last week’s earth-shattering national election with implications that will likely take years to completely understand, Colorado’s reputation as one of the nation’s most purple states was reinforced.

  • Time for some facts regarding Platte Canyon school board recall

    Editor:

    I write this letter as an individual and 40-year resident of Park County.