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Columns

  • How to save an entire city from reefer madness

        What if I told you there was a way to stem job losses, a decline in sales tax revenue and empty storefronts?
       For the city of Dacono, It’s as simple as revisiting the city’s decision to force its three medical marijuana dispensaries to close up shop by year’s end.

  • COLUMN: Obamacare ruling helps president flip political script

    It’s difficult, sometimes impossible to separate emotions from politics.

    So when the deluge of reactions from last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) came crushing down like a mega-tsunami, I was expecting the worst.

    Of course, I wasn’t expecting Chief Justice John Roberts to side with the court’s liberal bloc of justices, not to mention issue the majority opinion.

  • Which side is the right side of history?

    I heard someone the other day use the phrase, “the right side of history,” so I decided to look up its meaning.
    My first problem with hearing that someone is on the “right side of history” is I have not the slightest idea what that means. First of all, history is not a physical or tangible thing.  It is not a moral value or a physical commodity. Nothing in the definition of history would make me think there is a right or wrong side

  • Safety not guaranteed

        Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
        This adage is one frequently lost on the minds of our representatives in Washington, D.C. The latest proof of this is President Obama’s June 15 announcement on immigration policy.
        In short, the president is sidestepping Congress to end deportation for illegal immigrants under 30 who were brought to the United States as children. The move also establishes a work permit program for law-abiding residents or those who have served in the military.

  • Let’s celebrate unity, not diversity

        “Divide and conquer.” Is there one among us who does not know exactly what this statement means?
         Today there is a new way of putting this expression: “Celebrate our diversity.”
         Sounds nicer, doesn’t it? But, in fact, it means the exact same thing. Like “divide and conquer,” we all know that “celebrate our diversity” refers to our differences.

  • Bon voyage

       It’s time to weigh anchor, hoist the main’sl and make way with a bearing on points well over the horizon.
        After more than 30 years in community journalism — listening to and retelling your stories, troubles and accolades — it’s time to record in the ship’s log some of my own adventures and tall tales.
        Yes, my boat project is close enough to being completed that the christening blow of a champagne bottle across its bow shouldn’t send it to Davy Jones’ locker.

  • Summertime hunger spike

        Summertime can be a carefree, relaxing season filled with cookouts, backyard picnics, and trips to the ice cream truck.
        But for too many kids, summer vacation means having an empty stomach. Child hunger and food insecurity often peak during the long, hot break. At a time when food insecurity is so high, an overwhelming majority of American children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school goes hungry once school lets out.

  • While the start of summer is red hot, I’ve got the blues

        The start of summer is supposed to be filled with joy and excitement, but the news around Adams County has me weathering an unseasonable winter of discontent.
        Take, for example, the Gaylord Entertainment project spearheaded by the folks down in Aurora. Hundreds of hours have been spent by business honchos and politicos there and in Denver over its creation and the allure of moving the National Western Stock Show halfway to Kansas.

  • Marijuana:

        Believe it or not, I approve of legal medical marijuana. I would be equally in favor of legal heroin, cocaine or moonshine if I thought a person needed it for legitimate medical reasons.
        And, if there is a place within the Commerce City limits for a dispensary for medical marijuana, I have no dispute with putting a dispensary there. Though, to this day, I do not know why it is not simply sold at the drug store where I get my diabetes medicines.

  • Blunck sums up graduation to a T

        We heard a lot of graduation speeches just before Memorial Day. The valedictorians and salutatorians summed up their feelings with elegance and eloquence and delivered their remarks without so much as a hint of a bobble.
        Anyone’s who been in that spot knows it’s no mean feat when you are speaking to an audience, not to mention one made of your peers.