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Columns

  • Romberg: Immunization debate rages on

    Before I met her, the mother of the woman I dated in my last year of college was in a horrific car accident. She was thrown from the car and would’ve been killed if she had been wearing a seat belt and remained in the vehicle, which was totally destroyed. As a result, and counter to all research to the contrary, she and her whole family swore never to wear seat belts.

  • Community voice: From Conifer High to having your back

    Jessica Thompson Elmshaeuser

    In 2005, the summer before my senior year at Conifer High School, I discovered I wanted to be a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. At the suggestion of one of Conifer’s guidance counselors, I spent part of my summer at the U.S. Naval Academy to get a taste of public service. After crawling under barbed wire, running ridiculous amounts, and learning about the interactions between the U.S. Foreign Service and the U.S. military, I walked away with a passion to serve and a desire to travel the world.

  • Webb: A taxing situation

    I favor tax equality for all our citizens. If we’re all equal before the law as part of the justice system then when it comes to paying for the maintenance of the government we ought to be equal before the government also. The best way to accomplish this, I believe, is through a national flat tax. We already have a flat income tax in Colorado, but we need to have one for the federal government as well.

  • Doyle: Being a courteous trail user

    I’ve seen the first daffodils and crocus popping up with splashes of color here and there. Spring has finally arrived!

    We all know that means the trails throughout our community will see an increasing number of bikers, hikers, runners, horseback riders and their four-legged companions, including a few llamas. Now is a good time to remember how important it is to be kind to our beautiful mountain environment and to other trail users.

  • Community voice: Informing the next generation

    Last month, at the state Capitol I heard testimony regarding HB19-1032, “The Youth Wellness Act.” The bill’s stated goal is to provide age-appropriate, culturally-sensitive, inclusive, positive (not punitive) and comprehensive educational resources to public schools that choose to offer sex education.

  • Rohrer: Listening to each other

    In his inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.” Yet, we are quite divided. We focus on what divides us rather than the things we agree on. We consider our political opponents to be enemies. We see our side as driven by virtue, while those Americans who see things differently are ruining the country. How did this happen? Consider the following:

  • Rohrer: America is looking for a little respect

    I laughed out loud when I read that a man leading the Alaskan dogsled Iditarod race had his dogs stop pulling after he spoke harshly to one of them. Although he had a significant lead, he lost it because the dogs were upset enough by the man’s actions to refuse to pull the sled. Disrespect one dog and you disrespect all of them.

  • Romberg: More civility and respect needed

    There’s always a tension between the majority and minority in legislative bodies and the minority has limited tools. At the federal level, the fact that most actions of the United States Senate can be stopped unless 60 percent of senators agree for them to move forward is an important tool for incremental change.

  • Webb: Laws need to be worth more than paper

    Laws are a little hollow and empty if no one agrees to enforce them. According to a count I saw on social media, 26 counties throughout the state have publicly declared themselves to either be Second Amendment sanctuaries or they have sheriffs who’ve stated publicly that they will not enforce the red flag bill if it is signed into law.

  • Rockwell: Pay attention to wildfire mitigation

    We all feel blessed to live in this remarkable community. The blue skies, the miles of beautiful trails, excellent schools, great neighbors and local businesses providing almost all our needs. The people of Paradise, Calif., felt the same way, but they lost it all last year — homes, schools, stores and life itself — to wildfire.

    I was surprised to learn that Paradise had been rated the No. 1 insurance-loss risk in the country. That distinction now belongs to the Evergreen/Conifer area. If that doesn’t keep you up at night, what will?