en Hang on to that Fourth of July feeling <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July. I guess I&rsquo;m really getting old, because although the music at Buchanan Park was good, I missed the National Repertory Orchestra playing patriotic music. I did get my John Philip Sousa fix later watching the celebrations from Washington and Boston. If you are like I am, you still get a strong feeling of patriotism and pride in our nation on special days like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.</p> A bicyclist’s heartfelt plea: Give us a brake <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The other day I was riding my bike on the road up Squaw Pass. On a straight stretch where I could see about a quarter mile in both directions, a big truck was barreling toward me from up ahead &mdash; a cement-mixer, which is one wide dude! When I checked my handlebar mirror, a car was fast approaching from behind, too.</p> <p> It looked like these two vehicles might meet right where I was tooling along on my bike. No problem &mdash; not if the truck driver stays in his own lane, I shift over to the narrow shoulder, and the driver coming from behind has any sense.&nbsp;</p> Another perspective on Memorial Day <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Memorial Day is not celebrated by all nations; it is a U.S. holiday. It&rsquo;s a day of remembrance (lest we forget) to honor those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedoms we all too often take for granted.</p> <p> In Cambridge, England, however, not only is Memorial Day recognized, it is the most important day of the year at the American Cemetery and Memorial 3 miles outside the city center. This year, I had the privilege of attending their ceremony, surrounded by 8,939 names engraved in this garden of stone.</p> Election-year session long on wrangling <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The 17th session of the Colorado General Assembly adjourned last week after a session that was long on partisan wrangling and relatively short on meaningful public policy achievements. As could have been expected in an election-year session when Democrats controlled the House by a 34-31 margin and Republicans had an 18-17 edge in the Senate, most bills that pursued a partisan agenda did not pass.</p> OUR READERS WRITE <p> <strong>We should cherish Evergreen&rsquo;s natural beauty</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> Two lifesaving acronyms: CPR, AED <img src="" 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 <p> <strong>Make your voice heard in EPRD election</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> Character should be key in education <img src="" 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>