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Columns

  • Column: Suicide prevention among youth - heed warning signs, ask the question

    September is Suicide Prevention Month. But we need to talk about suicide prevention more than one month out of the year.

    It affects all of us, including our children, teenagers and young adults. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24 years nationally and claims the lives of approximately 4,600 teens each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

  • Column: Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling falls short

    Guest Column by Sheldon Richman

    As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn’t go nearly far enough.

    The court ruled that “closely held corporations” whose owners have religious convictions against contraceptives cannot be forced to pay for employee coverage for those products.

  • COLUMN: Adams County rain tax expanded to public roadways

    Guest Column by Stan Martin

    Despite major public pushback over a forced rain tax on residents in unincorporated Adams County, commissioners took it one step further last Tuesday, and are now taxing property owners for rain that falls on public roads.

  • COLUMN: This July 4, remember that freedom is precious

    Guest Column by Bryan Golden

    On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 238 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.

  • JACOBSON: Obama getting free pass despite Kerry's remarks on Israel

    I do not usually look up words when writing this column for one simple reason: I figure my opinion is just as good as whoever compiles the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

    But, in the interest of clarity, I did take the time to look up a word that people such as John Kerry and Jimmy Carter have been beating to death. 

    APARTHEID (noun): racial segregation; specifically: a former policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Republic of South Africa.”

  • COLUMN: Sheriffs ought to stay out of political fight

     Our public servants shouldn’t pick and choose whether they abide by the law of the land.

    But at some point, a host of elected officials across this state have forgotten that they have a duty and honor to fulfill — that the word “servant” is a goal to strive for each day.

  • Jacobson: Movement to boycott Israel makes little sense

     As we approach the Christmas Season (Holiday Season for liberals), once again our liberal friends are asking America and the rest of the world to boycott Israel. If you look closely, you will notice that not only are many fine Hanukkah items made in Israel, but so too lots of very well made religious items that many Christians will want to share on Christmas as well.

  • REVIEW: The 2013 Mini Paceman features surprise by design

     

     

     

    Aaron Cole
    Auto Columnist

    There are few cars that truly take me by surprise anymore.
        For the most part, aside from exotica that no one can pronounce, and even fewer people can afford, it’s all basically the same stuff. Engines get used almost universally across entire brands, and when it comes to transmissions, those are like late-night movies on HBO: Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all.

  • COLUMN: What Obamacare means for rural Coloradans

    Mark Hillman
    Guest Column

    Whether by design or coincidence, rural residents can expect to take it in the pocketbook as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) takes effect over the next 15 months.
        Insurance exchanges, for those wanting to buy insurance, opened Oct. 1 of this year. In 2014, everyone is required to buy “qualified” insurance coverage or pay a penalty to the IRS.

  • COLUMN: Reforming the food-stamp program

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman
    Guest Column