• Ask A Therapist

    Tiffany Erspamer


    Dear Ask A Therapist,


    We have a family member who ended her life by suicide. My children are old enough to be curious about this. How should I answer questions about why this happens and whether anyone is to blame?

    Dear Concerned Parent, 

  • A Commerce City resident wrote the newspaper that she was concerned about the habitats of burrowing owls and the destruction of prairie dogs because of development in the area.  

  • Ronald Earle Schmidt was born July 21, 1943, to AnnaBelle Jorgensen Schuldt and Robert Schuldt in Mitchell/Chamberlin, South Dakota. Ron attended the Mitchell schools and graduated from high school in 1961.

  •  The Commonwealth Fund’s just-released 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performanceconfirmed what other recent studies have shown: Life expectancy in the United States is going down while it continues to go up in other developed countries. And rural areas seem to be disproportionately affected. 

  • Dear editor,

    Emergency sirens are considered an outside warning device and will warn citizens who are outside and away from notification devices, such as a TV or radio, of impending severe weather. 

    The sirens will not penetrate most homes or businesses built today, especially the basements. 

    Therefore, many citizens never hear the emergency notification sirens during severe weather. 

  • Dear Ask A Therapist,

    It’s a whole different ball game when my children get out of school for summer. We have lots of fun, but stress seems to bubble up. Please give me some parenting tips.


    Dear parent,


    Yes, school’s out for the summer! Mostly stress-free weeks, right? 

  • dear editor, 

    You look around the country these days and it’s easy to wonder how we got here - to a place where we stand toe to toe instead of shoulder to shoulder. I think the most important question Coloradans should be asking themselves is how we get out of here. How do we get back to a place where people are willing to work together to get big things done? I believe we can get there. We just have to have the courage to see common ground where others see conflict.

  •  Gov. John Hickenlooper veted HB 1258 earlier this week.

    Dear editor

    Allowing marijuana smoking or vaping any public place or workplace is the wrong direction for Colorado. No one should be forced to breathe smoke, whether it is from tobacco, marijuana, or vaping in public places or workplaces.

  • Editor’s note: State legislators passed Senate Bill 223 recently, which reduces access to autopsy reports for juveniles. Newspaper personnel and other media organizations opposed the bill, which was requested by county coroners around the state.

    The Colorado Press Association – a lobbying group for newspapers across the state, including MetroWest Newspapers – asked the governor to veto the bill in this letter (edited for space):


    Dear Gov. Hickenlooper: 

  • Dear Ask A Therapist,

    How can I tell when anxiety and panic attacks are at concerning levels?


    Dear reader, 

    I can give you a quick view of what is good to know about anxiety and panic. Anxiety and panic attacks are disorders that can be treated effectively using psychotherapy or medications, or both, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Hallmarks of anxiety include excessive worry, feelings of dread and insomnia, to name a few.

  • Dear editor

    Our church is having a surprise birthday potluck Thursday, May 10, for our pastor, Tommy Moore, for his 90th birthday.

    He only wants homemade birthday cards. Our goal is 90 cards.

    The address is 495 S. Main St., the Brighton Messiah Baptist Church.

  • Dear editor,

    What happens in Idaho in the coming weeks undoubtedly will not stay in Idaho. 

    What happens there could make a big difference in how much you pay for your health insurance – or whether you can even get insurance. 

  •  Dear editor,

    Thank you to the Brighton Standard Blade for printing the March 1953 picture “Helping A Neighbor,” in your March 14 edition.  

    Behind the picture is a wonderful story that many feel needs to be re-told, here today, some 65 years later. Within this story is a message, of how being a good neighbor made for a good community, and a message that should be shared with the younger generations of today.

  •  Dear editor,


    From my vantage point at the center of Commerce City, where I grew up, the changes I’ve experienced in the northeastern edge of the Denver Metro region that are related to transit have been staggering as they’ve unfolded over the years. 

  • Dear editor,

    What happens in Idaho in the coming weeks undoubtedly will not stay in Idaho. 

    What happens there could make a big difference in how much you pay for your health insurance – or whether you can even get insurance. 

  •  Dear editor,

    College is not always the right next step. That’s not something you probably hear often, and when you do, you might think, “it is if I want to make a living and become somebody!” 

  • Letter to editor:


    I share the feelings of our country, which is deeply saddened by the recent shooting deaths of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and faculty in South Florida.

  • Paul Solano

    I’m Director Paul Solano, an elected official, representing District K on the Regional Transportation District’s board of directors. 

    RTD has initiated and supported many successful programs, improvements and expansions over the last three years. Now, the metro area is ready to build a low-income pass plan. 

  •     Robyn R. Suazo, 73, of Brighton, passed away Jan. 7. She was born July 17, 1942, in Lake Preston, S.D., to Robert Brown and Lola Monroe. She attended school in Lake Preston and married Joseph Suazo in December 1987, in Brighton.

  • Dr. Monisha Vasa
    Physician and author