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Columns

  • Rohrer: Take me out to the ball game

    Loyal Colorado Rockies fans watch as some of our best players leave to become New York Yankees. It’s obvious that the Yankees will just keep spending until they will once again hoist the World Series trophy.

    The top five payrolls in Major League Baseball are Boston at $203 million, Chicago Cubs $202 million, New York Yankees $189 million, L.A. Dodgers $167 million and L.A. Angels $166 million. The league average is $117 million with the Rockies coming in at $112 million.

  • Romberg: Middle ground sought, but unlikely

    While they haven’t exactly hit the stretch run, the members of the Colorado General Assembly reached the halfway point of their 2019 legislative session Monday.

  • Webb: Take a peek into TRACER

    Several years ago I was attending the opening of a GOP Victory office here in Jefferson County. I got into a conversation with one person when a woman walked up to me with a big smile.

    She informed me: “I know how much you give to political campaigns. You are very dedicated.”

    When I asked how she knew, she told me that late at night when she couldn’t sleep, she got onto the Secretary of State’s website and looked up the contributions her friends gave to political campaigns on TRACER.

  • Doyle: Your vote matters with SB 42

    Over the years, I have heard a number of people express the sentiment that they don’t vote in presidential elections because their vote doesn’t matter. This view always has frustrated me because I believe that one of the greatest rights all Americans have is the right to vote.

    It is true, of course, that the candidate I vote for isn’t always the winner, yet that doesn’t stop me from continuing to exercise my right to vote and to speak up for candidates in whom I believe.

  • Rohrer: Getting our community back

    If you’ve never played on an athletic team, you may have missed one of the great joys of life. It’s exhilarating to have teammates with whom you bond and with whom you share the goal of being part of a winning effort.

    One of my greatest joys was learning that I had made my highly competitive high school baseball team. I was so excited that I broke down in tears as I reported the good news to my dad.

  • Romberg: Honoring the work of Wilma Webb

    As the Colorado House of Representatives considered its annual resolution celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. last month, former Rep. Wilma Webb, the sponsor of the 1984 bill that made Dr. King’s birthday a state holiday, sat on the side of the chambers as an honored guest.

    The sponsors of the resolution spoke about how Webb was a mentor and an inspiration to them as they honored her on the 35th anniversary of the King holiday becoming law.

  • Glass: Devil in the details

    Gov. Polis has made fully funding kindergarten a major fiscal policy priority for this year. Given the governor’s party controls both chambers of the legislature — and early signs indicate he has been able to find the funding necessary to make full-day kindergarten happen — some version of this is likely to pass this legislative session. That would make it a signature accomplishment in his first year.

  • On the Move: Just get started

    Sometimes the hardest thing to do is actually making the decision to start something and then taking action. This winter, I’ve had many opportunities to push myself to make the decision and secondly take action.

    I’m a trail runner, and I run in all seasons. This winter has been more challenging than most. I have a stress fracture in my left knee and haven’t been able to run or hike since Nov. 16. Thankfully, I can mountain/fat bike, but winter riding takes a bit more pushing for me than running.

  • Seize the Prey: Looking for the raptor in nature’s hiding places

    Quietly biding their time behind nature’s curtain of leaves, needles and darkness perch the fierce birds of prey. These raptors were named for the Latin word, “rapere,” meaning “to seize.”

    Raptors incorporate exceptional weapons of hooked beaks, strong talons and extraordinary hearing to catch prey. There are almost 450 species of raptors, including falcons, osprey, hawks, eagles, vultures and owls.

  • Rohrer: Why does it seem that we hate each other?

    In his book “Bowling Alone,” Robert D. Putnam points out that there are just as many bowlers in the U.S. as ever, but bowling leagues are seen much less than in the past.

    So are bridge clubs, Kiwanis, Rotaries, Jaycees, labor union membership, church attendance, youth sports participation, family vacations and dinner with friends. All these symbols of community activity are dwindling.