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Coming out swinging, the president and his budget

If nothing else, you have to give President Trump credit for setting up a good old brawl. Whether it has to do with separating children from parents at the Mexican border, declaring a contrived … more

Time to open banking up to pot industry

Today, 47 states plus the District of Columbia – representing 97.7 percent of the population – have legalized some form of adult recreational, medical or limited-medical use of marijuana. The … more

Digging deep on oil and gas drilling overhaul legislation

It should come as no surprise to those of us who follow state politics: You could have given odds on a bet that the Democrats’ “trifecta” would at some point roll out major proposed changes to … more

Understanding the simple truth of success

Why do we struggle with achieving success when there really is no secret to success? Is it because we have overcomplicated the thought or definition of success? Or is it because we really just … more

Battling at backgammon — that’s just how we roll

It is one man against one woman, without handicap or charity or concession. There is strategy and there is luck. There is grit and there is determination. Words are said in the heat of competition … more

Mayor vows to bring Poudre water to Thornton

I’m writing you to tell you about recent developments regarding a very important project for everyone who lives or works in Thornton. On February 11, 2019, the Larimer County Commissioners denied … more

Colorado is overdue for red flag warning legislation

You would think that given Colorado’s unfortunate history of shootings and killings in high profile incidents that our state would have been a leader in adopting red flag warning legislation. While … more

Knowing when it’s time for a change

Have you ever felt the need to change something in your life? My guess would be yes, we all have at some point. And the anguish and torment we struggle with while we go through the thought process … more

Looks like America isn’t good enough for America’s pastime

Play ball. The 2019 Major League Baseball season is about to get underway. Did I just hear yawns? Attendance was down at 17 MLB stadiums last year from the year before. There are a number of theories … more

It’s not mean to get lean

In fact, it’s kind of mean to the folks left with the stuff if you don’t get lean. Do your elders have 60, 70, 80+ years of stuff? Have they ever trimmed down any of it? If you are a bit fuzzy … more

If you find your taxes confusing and results odd, you are not alone

The theme for this year’s tax season so far seems to be the double-whammy of a shortened filing period along with complications resulting from the tax reform of 14 months ago. It’s a lot to … more

What to say when it’s all been said already

Do you ever feel like it’s all been said already? I mean how many times can we really talk about hope and encouragement, a positive attitude, kindness, charity, goodness, love, forgiveness, … more

Choices resonate like the sound of a gong

I’ll take Door Number 2. We’re all vulnerable to the choices we make. The college we go to, the city we move to, the job we take, the man or woman we date or marry, and whether to have children … more

Bill would simplify Colorado’s confusing sales tax rules

In 2013, the Council on State Taxation rated Colorado as the fourth worst state in the country with a grade of “D.” According to a 2018 analysis by the Council, the score has not improved and … more

What does Medicare-for-all really mean?

The debate continues on what is the best and most affordable health care system for Americans. Ever since the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” was authorized by Congress, there have been … more

And now, in the great tradition of newspaper haiku contests

Maybe the time of the year, and a series of snows, contributed to the haiku contest’s success. Winter, someone said, “forms our character and brings out our best.” I hoped for a dozen entries. … more

Getting motivated when we have become demotivated

Here we are, several weeks into the New Year. But where exactly are we? Are we on track with our goals and resolutions? Are we still headed to the gym? Is our personal time being preserved? Have we … more

Is your teen part of the vaping craze?

Think back to less than 15 years ago, when it was common to walk out of a store or restaurant and be met with the unmistakable smell of cigarette smoke. It was a time when nearly 21 of every 100 … more

Noticing what we notice and looking for the good

Have you ever noticed what it is that you are actually paying attention to? For me, I recently realized that I was focusing on what was right in front of me and had lost a little of my peripheral … more

Sadly, there’s no such thing as an influencer vaccine

Jennifer said, “I watched a great documentary about the Fyre Festival.” I am systematically out of touch, with the hope and intention of keeping it that way. I told her I didn’t know what she … more
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