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Opinion

  •  Hey y’all. I’ve been reporting here at MetroWest for just over eight months now, and over the course of 2018 I’ve had the pleasure of covering a lot of great happenings, now mainly in Brighton these days, but also in Fort Lupton and Commerce City. So, in keeping with the end-of-year theme, here are some of my favorite stories that I’ve covered in 2018. 

     

    Brighton: Utilities, Show Me the Money 

  •  The feeling is pretty certain that you’ve seen enough Christmas wish lists to last until next Christmas, if not for the rest of one’s natural-born days.

    But it wouldn’t be right to exclude a slightly quirky, slightly truthful group of wishes and hopes, now would it?

    Some are quite likely to be approved, while others are downright impossible. It should be easy to tell which is which.

    So with your indulgence, here is what we hope will be the last list.

    At least for a long time.

  • What is it about the holiday season that seems to put everyone in a better mood? Is it the crispness in the early winter’s air? The drop in temperature that naturally draws people to comfy sweaters and sitting a little closer together? Twinkling holiday lights or the thrill of gift-giving?

    Whatever it is, I think you’ll agree that the holiday spirit fills people with more joy, patience and kindness than usual for the rest of the year. 

  •  Dear editor:

    Thank you so much for your generously supporting the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Your sponsorship and donations are the reason why our evening was a great success, and we thank you for your part in making it possible.

    We raised just over $3,000 from the sale of the silent auction items. These proceeds will help the chamber to continue providing our business community with essential tools and resources they need to succeed.  

  •  Dear editor:

    In this time of gratitude, we would like to give thanks to you.

    We appreciate your patronage and the support you have given us throughout 2018. You are truly valued in our organization and have been a huge contributing factor to our ability to serve the abused the neglected children in our communities.

    We wish you and your family nothing but the best this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

     

    Warm wishes

    Lindsay Lierman

    Executive director

  •  If you judge the arrival of the holidays by retail, the holidays started several months ago.

    Seemingly.

    If you believe area radio stations, the holidays started the week before Thanksgiving.

    Seemingly.

    An apology to those folks is in order.

  •  The holiday season for most of us is a joyous time of year full of celebrations and family, but for others it is a time filled with sadness, loneliness and anxiety. Some call it the holiday blues.

     

    Dear Ask A Therapist,

    With the holidays approaching, I am finding myself feeling overwhelmed. I find it stressful and sad, and I don’t look forward to it. Is that normal, and what can I do about it?

     

    Dear Reader:

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    I will take a “short pause” when someone can tell me why these good Adams County servants were not re-elected?

  • Election season is over. We did it everyone. Thanks to our efforts, America as a whole saw its highest turnout for a midterm election in more than a century, and Colorado was among the leaders in that trend (as it usually is, thanks to our highly-accessible voting system and low rates of voter suppression) with nearly 80 percent of voters participating. 

    Now comes the hard part. 

  •  By Alicia Mueller

    CASA staff

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of Adams and Broomfield counties hosted its annual Light of Hope event Oct. 18 at Stonebrook Manor in Thornton and raised nearly $100,000. These funds will aid CASA’s mission of providing specially selected and trained community volunteers, to advocate for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes. 

  •   WHEREAS the midterms are just about finished; and

    WHEREAS all that remains for this election cycle is the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning quarterbacking; and

    WHEREAS there may be a considerable amount of rinse and repeat for the next few months until it’s time to talk about the 2020 election; and 

    WHEREAS some political coverage is indeed necessary if you wish to be an informed citizen; and

  •  By the Energy Proud Board

    Weld County is home to the vast majority of oil and gas production in the state. We’re also the leading agricultural producer. In a very real way, we are the engine that provides Colorado with its fuel and its food. Because of the prominence of these two industries in our communities, we also understand their interplay with one another better than anyone.

  •  I drive daily to work from Aurora to Brighton by way of Barr Lake and head straight through side streets into Brighton.  The speed limit is 55 mph, a two-lane road. The traffic is not too excessive with no traffic jams, and it is a beautiful peaceful drive of green farm pastures, cattle, oil wells and homes. 

  •  By Brigette Stoddard

    Brighton High School

     The halls were quiet today, an unsettling quiet that you could feel in pit of your stomach. The library was worse, a sharp silence, not the usual warm bustle of shuffling papers and typing on keyboards. The entire building of Brighton High School on Oct. 4, 2018, had an entirely different chill to it, one that no number of jackets could shelter from.

  •  Since I have started working in Commerce City, Brighton and Fort Lupton, every day, I experience the small-town charm of the people. I grew up in the small towns of Walsenburg and Pueblo. I lived in Denver for more than 25 years working in the city. You get used to the hustle bustle of everyday life, from extreme traffic jams that are deadlocked for hours and lines everywhere, from grocery stores, banks, car washes and restaurants. 

  •  How well do you think you know yourself and the place in which you live? Like many 20-somethings, I was confident that my clearly advanced age had prepared me with everything I could have possibly known about myself and about Colorado. 

    But then I started this job at MetroWest. 

    Just five months into covering Brighton, Fort Lupton and Commerce City, I’ve learned more about Colorado than I did in my state history classes during middle and high school growing up in Fort Collins. 

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    Dear editor:

    As the director of a small, local nonprofit, Brighton Shares The Harvest, and on behalf of our board of directors, donors, and sponsors, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Home Depot at Prairie Center. For the third year in a row, they have made an extremely generous donation of their leftover fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower seeds to us. We use these seeds in many ways to support our mission of putting more fresh produce on more tables in Brighton.