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Third time definitely not the charm for Jefferson County

I’d hoped the third time would be the charm. But the Jefferson County Board of Education disappointed me and insulted all Jefferson County taxpayers by naming a single finalist for its … more

‘The 60 to 60 Success Plan for Life’

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to be a passenger in my friend’s Porsche 911 as he demonstrated how fast going from zero to 60 MPH in less than 3 seconds feels. And I will share with you … more

The sun comes up, and here we go again

The sun comes up right behind Sue and Andy’s house. At least that’s what it looks like from where I am. They live directly across the street and have an even better view than I do because … more

Time to start thinking about running for political office

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part column on how and why to run for local office. If you read a lot of media in this state, the overwhelming theme about the Colorado Republican Party is … more

Tragedy will again lead to focus on gun laws

The tragic loss of 10 lives in Boulder last week has had and will have many impacts on all of us. One of them will be to ensure that gun control will now become a huge and controversial issue for the … more

Famous last words are not only for the famous

If someone were asked to recall the last thing that you had ever said to them, what would you hope those words would be? Famous last words are not just for the famous, and they are also not only … more

You might not care about vacuums, but suck it up

My vacuum cleaner has headlights. It's a great feature. It allows me to vacuum in the dark. Nietzsche might say that “vacuuming in the dark” was a good metaphor for existence. My vacuum cleaner … more

Show us the top candidates for tax-funded leadership roles

Some public-process issues deserve extra attention. House Bill 21-1051, now working its way through the Colorado Capitol, must be opposed. The bill aims to rewrite portions of the Colorado Open … more

Superintendent selection process not so super

When Idaho Springs was choosing a new chief of police weeks ago, the city held a virtual community forum so residents could get to know the three finalists being considered for the position. Just … more

Magical moment helps us weather the storm

On the Saturday morning of the big snowstorm, I was part of a special moment that I also want to share with you. Before the storm really ramped up, I happened to gaze out my second-story window to a … more

Pay attention when it comes to development

I moved to Evergreen almost 40 years ago. So much has changed, but many of the things we love about this place remain. This is largely due to the efforts of dozens of volunteers with the groups … more

Good news doesn’t sell

During the time of the previous administration MSNBC grew its listenership significantly. Those who follow MSNBC, no fans of Donald Trump, saw their listeners tuning in to hear the station attack the … more

Polis proclamation “meats” opposition

Governor Jared Polis declared last Saturday as MeatOut Day in the State of Colorado. In the proclamation announcing the day, he mentioned health benefits, animal cruelty and environmental concerns as … more

You are tremendously amazing — and you should know it

One of the things that I have learned many years ago is that we should never assume, that at any given moment, the person we are speaking with or communicating with does not need a word of … more

Documentarians are manic about Titanic

The Titanic is a sunken scab that keeps getting picked on. There’s a new Titanic documentary. There will be a new one next year and the year after that and the year after that. I wish they would … more

On the virtue of temperance

Here’s my impression of last week. Any day before Friday: “OhmyGod meteorologist X said we could get 18 feet of snow on Friday into Saturday based on the GFS model which is notoriously more … more

Working Together to Reduce Wildfire Risk in Jefferson County

Colorado watched last year the devastating impact of catastrophic fires. Homes were destroyed, families displaced and more than 625,000 acres of land scorched. Firefighters and law enforcement put … more

The cumulative effect of perpetual growth in Evergreen

Last week, I drove past the Safeway store on my way to downtown Evergreen. In back of the store, giant earth movers scraped off the trees, grass and underbrush — down to bare rock. It pained me to … more

New freedoms and new responsibility

So this is what normal feels like. Sort of.  When you’re reading this column, it will likely be on the anniversary of the day the world shut down. I was watching the Nuggets game last year on … more

What wartime mobilization really needs

“What wartime mobilization really needs…” This modified headline from the New York Times edition on February 26, 2020 has spurred my thinking and informed my recent experience with getting the … more
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