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Columns

  • 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.

  • Hicks: Let the kids play

    WANT TO PLAY?
    For more information on youth soccer in the community, contact the following:
    • Foothills Soccer Club: Peter Jeans, peterjeans89@gmail.com; Scott Rose, scottdrose@msn.com
    • Mountain Rush: Garry Guyan, 303-986-5200; gguyan@coloradorush.com
    • Denver Kickers / EPRD: Ross Fowler, 720-877-1273; rossi@synergysports.us; Jeff Sweet, 720-880-1221

    So, you want to play soccer in Evergreen, do you? Heed this advice: Make the right choice for you.

  • Romberg: Who the government really let down

    “Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” -- Henry Clay.

    I am the proud possessor of a master of public administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. I spent the first 12 years of my career as a public employee: first with the state of Colorado and later with the city and county of Denver.

  • Rohrer: ‘And that’s the way it is’

    Our editor has asked all of us who contribute to the Canyon Courier to tone down the divisive rhetoric. Readers can get that negative stuff many other places, and it’s not what they want from us.

    If you think about today’s news, it’s a confluence of entertainment and news, which is positioned to get our attention in an environment in which there is too little really important news to fill the 24-hour broadcast cycle.