http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Two lifesaving acronyms: CPR, AED http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/two-lifesaving-acronyms-cpr-aed <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_27.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A half century ago in rural Pennsylvania, a woman named Clem spent her mornings immersed in the pungent smell of chlorine and the ornery noise of youngsters wakened too early.</p> <p> Part drill instructor and part den mother, Clem preached water safety with the fervor of a country minister, and over the years she taught thousands of young charges how to swim. For the older students, the ones earning their lifeguard certification, this also meant a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/our-readers-write-186 <p> <strong>Make your voice heard in EPRD election</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> Character should be key in education http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/character-should-be-key-education <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/newkirk-logo_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In the 1980s, futurist John Naisbitt coined the term &ldquo;high tech/high touch.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The more technology we introduce into society,&rdquo; he wrote, &ldquo;the more people will aggregate, will want to be with other people.&rdquo;</p> <p> While some predicted technologies such as home entertainment would mark the end of the movie theater, Naisbitt astutely observed that people don&rsquo;t go to theaters to see movies per se; we go there to see movies with other people.</p> An important lesson on the road of life http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/important-lesson-road-life <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/opin-bus-030916.jpg" alt="John Newkirk’s daughter Amanda exits a Jeffco school bus." title="John Newkirk’s daughter Amanda exits a Jeffco school bus." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>By John Newkirk</strong></em></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">As a boy I used to pass time on the school bus by counting street signs bearing names of classmates or family friends: Norman Lane. Willa Way. Lemasters Drive. Julie Lane. Granzella Road. Herzman Drive. What a novelty, I thought, to live in a community where roads are named after residents who are still living.</span></p> Our history told in the headlines of the day http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/our-history-told-headlines-day <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell-c_26.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> As journalists, the stories we tell are often referred to as the first draft of history. Others have said that we put the headlines on history as it happens.</p> <p> As an editor over the past 37 years, I have written somewhere around 150,000 headlines &mdash; a few clever, others disturbing, some so heartbreaking that they live still in my nightmares.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/our-readers-write-185 <p> <strong>Shelves seem emptier&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">at Evergreen Library</span></strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> I just came back from the Evergreen Library, where I picked up two books I had requested. I find that I have to request books more often, as the library shelves are becoming more empty as days go by.</p> OUR READERS WRITE http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/our-readers-write-185 <p> <strong>Shelves seem emptier&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">at Evergreen Library</span></strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> I just came back from the Evergreen Library, where I picked up two books I had requested. I find that I have to request books more often, as the library shelves are becoming more empty as days go by.</p> Pass the crow: Predictions didn’t fly http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/pass-crow-predictions-didn%E2%80%99t-fly <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romberg-c_98.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> Anybody know where a guy can buy some crow meat? And while we&rsquo;re at it, do any of you have a good crow recipe?</p> <p> I confidently wrote last year that while Donald Trump&rsquo;s and Bernie Sanders&rsquo; campaigns for president were showing signs of success, they couldn&rsquo;t last. I asserted that Trump&rsquo;s success was nothing more than the result of the outrageousness of his comments, and that Sanders&rsquo; appeal had more to do with an enthusiasm gap for Hillary Clinton than for any real support for him.</p>