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To get the best answers, make sure you ask the best questions

Here we are back in full swing of the new school year. My guess would be that many of you reading this column have already asked the question, “Did you do your homework?” And you probably heard something like a short and muffled, “No.” Or a … more

What could possibly be wrong about wanting a perfect world?

My therapist asked me to describe my perfect world. “No one goes hungry, for one thing,” I said. “Very admirable.” “Affordable health care options for everyone.” “Very admirable.” “No one wears a baseball cap … more

The funny thing about littering is that there’s nothing funny about it

Jennifer and I just flew back from Detroit, and, boy, are our arms tired. Michigan is my homeland, specifically Ann Arbor, and I thought that she should have at least one encounter with a University of Michigan home game in her lifetime. If … more

Don’t look away from what the mirror is trying to tell you

Typically the first person we greet each morning is ourselves. Whether we are washing up, brushing our teeth, shaving, putting on some makeup or combing or brushing our hair, our first interaction is looking straight into our own eyes. We may be … more

Passing the heat: DACA move puts pressure on Congress

If you were associated with the City of Westminster and Police Captain Don Hauptmann back in the day, you’ve probably heard of Hauptmann’s Law of Thermal Dynamics. If not, allow me to explain. Hauptmann had a wise and catchy saying that is … more

High school sports offer opportunity to experience sense of community

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It … more

Ready for the real deal? Focus on local newspapers

It would probably be easy to read a little bias into today’s column since I am a writer here, so please don’t judge too harshly. With more than 1 billion users, and in some reports showing the numbers to be getting close to 2 billion people … more

Avoiding convenience is more convenient than convenience

Alexa, don’t peel me a grape.” It has taken a while — my entire life — to figure something out. What I want and what I need are just about the same thing. There are new technologies that I neither want nor need. I don’t want … more

A trip with love and understanding

It isn't every day that a group of 21 students between the ages of 13 and 18 on a studenet ministries trip find themselves, alongside their adult advisors, in Chicago's north side. The contrasts … more

Growth management does not have to be anti-growth

With the fast pace of new construction throughout the greater Denver area, it is a good time to address the topic of growth management. You may have recently read or heard in the news that there … more

Parkinson’s can unlock a patient’s hidden artistry

A surge of creativity is a common side effect for people with Parkinson’s disease. For Margie, a Covenant Village of Colorado resident, this newfound artistic inspiration was an “unexpected blessing.” “I didn’t know when I was diagnosed … more

Local political campaigns are upon us

It's the middle of August, which holds certain annual or bi-annual truisms. Rocky Ford cantaloupe are in the grocery stores, and they are so good. Students are about to head back to school. The … more

The plight of the city manager

They come and they go. Some stay longer than others. They come in all sizes, shapes and personalities. They can be extroverts, introverts or somewhere in the middle. They serve at the pleasure of the … more

Do I dare to trust in … trust?

How's your level of trust these days? I ask because "trust" is my word for 2017. Perhaps you know that in lieu of making New Year's resolutions, I choose a word as a focus for the coming year. At … more

Good aim is required to defeat our Goliath education problems

In a past life, I coached a couple seasons of high school baseball. And, if you don't know baseball, you might not understand that, in baseball, we count EVERYTHING. Real baseball guys know batting … more

Filling my inbox to nourish my political soul

It's finally happened. Not unlike seeing the mileage on your car turning 100,000 - or 200,000! - miles, I have been watching my email inbox for a new milestone, and this week it happened: I have more … more

Don't lose track of the languishing federal budget

The log jam just keeps getting longer and deeper. For those who thought putting a businessman in the White House would introduce good business practices, get effective results and drain the swamp … more

Gerrymandering: The dark side of political districting

Instead of saying "he who has the gold makes the rules," a more appropriate expression concerning political district boundaries for congressional or state elections might be "the party in power once … more

A guy walks into a bar, and then he has a conversation that’s very funny

I really look forward to your columns," a reader said. "The funny ones, that is." I was crushed. As an eagle-eyed journalist, I try to provide you with commentaries about the most meaningful … more

An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans

Eva Levine's birthday - July 6 - always follows hard on our own American Independence Day. I commemorate Eva's birthday, as I do every year, by reflecting on the Holocaust, in which millions of Jews … more
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