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Around the horn on recent news

In honor of the beginning of the Rockies’ Spring Training, with today’s column, I’m just going to go “around the horn.” First base: as a 28-year employee, and, before that, a 12-year … 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

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

Death as your adviser

“. . . use death as your advisor” – Don Juan Strong and unusual words. I just love this thought — it’s loaded with power and knocks your socks off when you first hear it. The power of this … 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

State of school funding for Jeffco

Spring is right around the corner and the Colorado legislature is back in session. While the work of teaching and learning happens in our schools, these coming months are also a time when we get … more

What (or who) do you love to love?

On Valentine’s Day this year, it occurs to me that love – on any day of the year – casts a wide net, and I asked, “What (not necessarily who) do you love to love?” Many answers I received, … more

A letter on cautious compassion

Dearest oldest daughter: It’s been a while since I’ve written you (at least in this forum), and a lot has happened in your life. Most of it wonderful — most of it grand, and exciting, and … 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

Fair Trade chocolates are perfect gift for Valentine’s Day

I’m not a particular fan of chocolate overall, although, inexplicably, I am tempted by brownies and toffee. So I won’t be disappointed not to receive any chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day … more

Rub elbows and ideas with worthy peers

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens another … Proverbs 27 I am working through a really remarkable book right now. Or, to be more precise, I am working through a very good book right now about … more

Amazing amateur talent shows outcome of encouragement

Although I do not spend a whole lot of time watching television, occasionally I will come across a segment of a show where there is a singing, dancing, baking, cooking or other type of show where … more

‘Knock-knock.’ ‘Who’s there?’ ‘A dissection of types of humor.’

Say “Knock-knock.” “Who’s there?” I’ll get to that. If someone were to ask you if you have a sense of humor, would you be able to give an objective answer? Everyone thinks they have a … more

When mistakes create opportunities for change

Whether you are a football fan or not, there is a high likelihood that you have heard about the “blown calls” or the “no calls” that took place during the recent NFL Championship Games. … more

Picture-perfect pictures aren’t always a good look

If you were born after World War II and before Apple, you might have some out-of-focus family photographs around the house. Unless you had a Nikon or a darkroom, and not many of us did. We had … more

5 things we need to know about our heart health

Before my coronary angiogram last year – a procedure that uses a long flexible tube to deliver dyes into my arteries, making them visible on X-rays – I hadn’t really given much thought to my … more

Predictable outrage on repeat

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being manipulated? I was thinking about this the other day, as I was contemplating the entirely predictable cycle of the story that dominated the news early … more

Danielson: Here are the bills I’m working on

The 2019 legislative session has begun, and it is an honor to serve as your state senator for District 20. I want to thank the many constituents who have reached out to me with their ideas on how we … more
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