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I am working my way through Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Team of Rivals.” Of course, it’s brilliant. Abraham Lincoln is my favorite historical figure and, besides being the greatest orator in American history, turns out … more
Do you remember the 1982 film “Poltergeist”? People of about my age surely do — it was a formative movie experience. To my memory, it was the first horror movie of its generation that did not prominently feature knives, chain saws, and other … more
The pain of racism is real and immediate: A young black woman looks toward the sky, tears leaving trails on her cheeks. As she chants, “We have nothing to lose but our chains,” she collapses into the arms of her friends. Jonathan Butler, a … more
If you are reading this and you have a beard, stop right now and go get yourself registered. Terrorists have beards, and, clearly, if you have a beard, you are a terrorist. Similarly, terrorists have … more
During this Thanksgiving week – and in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut, the downing of the Russian airline over Sinai, and the ongoing refugee crisis – I am more than … more
Doubtful of union fairness Michael Alcorn’s Nov. 12 column expresses the wish that “IF” the compensation system for teachers in Jeffco would permit Pattie Nelson to receive the desired compensation level that the free market system would, … more
Ah, the holidays! I love the holidays. Starting with the weeks leading up to Halloween, right on through New Year’s Day, the entire season just brings me joy: the lights, the food, the meaning, the food, the parties, the food . . .  The one … more
Recently, I was invited to visit and observe court proceedings at the Adams County Court for Veterans (ACCV). I was deeply impressed with its mission: “using a collaborative, respectful and accountable approach to assist military veterans to … more
A friend of mine recently posted an article online that chronicled the difficulties colleges are facing these days with what the author called declining student resilience — the inability of college-age kids to deal with the everyday … more
Colorado’s recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression is as strong as any state’s in the nation, but for many middle-class families, decades of flat paychecks are leaving them with impossible decisions. Should they leave the … more
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