• Educators have it rough these days: mediocre pay, long hours, physical torture.

    Yeah, you heard me.

    Rarely a week goes by that I don’t hear about a teacher or principal kissing a pig, shaving their head or being taped to a wall. These stunts, which not only keep community journalists employed, are designed to give students that extra nudge needed to achieve a specific goal.

  • Sitting in the Brighton city council chambers Feb. 17, I looked on with bemused interest as Craig Carlson, local development magnate and president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, took the podium in support of S.B. 108, or FASTER (Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery). Simply put, the bill proposes tacking on additional fees to vehicle registrations in order to repair and maintain Colorado’s transportation infrastructure.

  • Editor,

  • Editor,

        Is that the best you can do on the Brighton-Prairie View wrestling match? Your article was very small on such a big sporting event around this wrestling town. Every picture in the paper was of Prairie View winning. You have no pictures of the Brighton kids nor did you speak of how this match set the tone for a big upset and bragging rights for each school which Brighton won just in case you did not know.

  • If the U.S. House of Representatives does nothing for the next year – even if they do nothing for the next 20 years – they did the right thing last week by choosing not to delay the long-planned Feb. 17 nationwide switch from analog to digital television.

    I say that if only for the sake of the many Denver families who have been victims of unwanted home invasions by Denver television news personalities over the past several months. Local news stations have made it their personal responsibility to inform and prepare us for this switch.

    Common citizens,

  • These are difficult times in our country. Scores of people are out of work, and families each day must walk a tightrope of putting food on their table and keeping a roof over their heads.

    It has been well-documented that newspapers are not immune to many of the struggles facing today’s business world. Each day, there are stories about newspapers, both large and small, facing tight budgets, employee layoffs and, in some cases, closures.

  • I don’t give out investment advice, and I am not licensed to give even bad advice for a fee. I do have plenty of it, though. I got some from guys like you got yours from. Some I make up all by myself. Here is the best I got for free: “All there is to investing is picking good stocks at good times and staying with them as long as they remain good companies” - Warren Buffett.

  • The dog dies.

        I’m new at this, but I think I was supposed to post some disclaimer before I ruined the end of the movie “Marley and Me.”

        Who are we kidding?

        Name the movie, “Where the Red Fern Grows,” “Old Yeller,” “Cujo.”

        The dog always dies.

  • PVMC volunteer department says thanks


    The Volunteer Services Department at Platte Valley Medical Center would like to thank the following local businesses for providing gift certificates to our 2008 holiday craft Fair:

  • Thoughts and reflections for a Tuesday morning while I ponder the things I won’t be saying in this year’s Christmas letter.

        • I don’t mind the occasional Christmas jingle but is holiday music any more annoying than when you’re stuck in traffic?

        • I was compelled last week to find that man heading to Philadelphia and cram his homemade pumpkin pie down his throat.

  • Thoughts and reflections for a Wednesday morning while waiting for a good deal on a flat-screen television.

        • I got out of my car at the grocery store the other night and a mother was berating her child. “That is a terrible word. That is the worst word you could ever say. You are getting your mouth washed out with soap.”

        • I think he said bailout.

        • It never ceases to amaze me the numbers of reporters local television stations send out to tell you it’s snowing.

  • You don’t want to hear it, but “I want it” is as obsolete as 23 skidoo (perhaps the first truly national fad expression and one of the most popular to appear in the U.S, in the 1920s, meaning “getting [out] while the getting’s good.” )

        “Honey, I shrunk the kids” is becoming, “Honey, I shrunk our lifestyle.”

  • Here at the paper, we receive a ton of e-mail, most of it informational, most of which contains healthy give-and-takes on positions of interest, some, for lack of a better definition, sort of loony tunes. Though I enjoy the latter category the most, sometimes a reader (sometimes dozens of readers) wind up so far out in left field that we feel duty-bound to call them in before the end of the inning. Such has been the case in the run-up to, and the post analysis of, the 2008 general election.

  • There’s a new flap over Christmas decorations each year.

    Last year, Denver tried to keep religious floats out of the Parade of Lights. Big controversy. It all ended ugly with Mayor John Hickenlooper admitting, “He didn’t know Jesus but he hoped he could count on a DNC contribution for him.”

    This year, it’s the city of Golden where the local rabbi suggested he wanted to put a menorah by the city’s 800-foot tall Christmas tree in honor of Hanukah.

  • I was flipping through the channels Sunday when my 2-year-old-daughter screamed out, “Rock Obama.”

    It was actually former Denver Bronco Shannon Sharpe.

    Could have been worse. It could have been George Jefferson.

    Or Webster.

    We haven’t really gotten into explaining our differences as humans to my daughter yet. For our own sake, she’s probably reaching that age. I don’t want to be meeting President Obama every time we go to the grocery store or a movie or Chuck E. Cheese.