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Opinion

  • Editor,

        Well folks, it sucks to be Tom Janich at the voting booth, again. But I would like to congratulate Brian McCormick on his election to the United Power board of directors. I would also like to share some concerns and ideas as I went through the campaign circuit and listened to all the leaders at United Power for about the last month.

  • Although we are confronted daily with exhaustive coverage of the economic crisis facing our country, one important fact has failed to garner the coverage it deserves. And it’s this: Children often bear the brunt of tough economic times. As families experience greater stress due to financial pressures, children in at-risk families are more likely to be victimized.

  • I feel pretty safe in saying that you, like me, didn’t get an invitation to the Vestas groundbreaking with Their Royal Majesties the Prince and Princess of Denmark last week.

     

  • Everyone is trying to save money. Even if you have not been affected personally by the economy, you can still see it all around you. People are making changes in their spending habits and the way that they view money period.

    As am I.

    For me, the biggest change has come with grocery shopping. When I looked at where the bulk of our money went, it was groceries. We are a family that loves to eat. We have three good meals per day, as well as one snack and dessert after dinner.

  • Investors have always wanted to get tomorrow’s newspaper today so they could gain additional advantage or leverage over the rest of the investors.

    You might be able to look at the stories in the press and to sense the direction that the market was going to go. And that is what many investors try to do. But they can only read a small part of what is out there. If – and it is a big if – there was a tool to analyze all of the articles and accurately predict what the market was going to do, it could be a significant advantage.

  • Editor,

        The front page announcement on last week’s edition of the Commerce City Beacon was unexpected and saddened our hearts –   that it was to be the last edition that Norm and Janet Union would be publishing. 

  • There was a time where I was convinced that the Regional Transit District Board was solely out of touch with their constituents concerning taxes and concepts as simple as fiscal responsibility and return on the dollar. I’ve since broadened that view to include the metro area mayors, the majority of whom voted during their caucus last week to recommend RTD add another 4-cent-to-the-dollar sales tax increase to pay for FasTracks.

  • Sometimes, the best part of a day hunting is spending part of the day in a small country town where life is calm and the folks simply kick back. The uncongested country landscape can be more than cornfields, CRP grass or tree stands. We all have had those hunting days when the only thing we bagged is a good cup of coffee or country café lunch. And that can make for a good day in itself.

  • In yet another move toward illegal immigrant insanity, State Sen, Chris Romer, (D-Denver) is pushing a bill to allow illegal immigrants the right to pay in-state tuition at Colorado colleges and universities, begging the question: How much is too much?

  • Do the water experts (federal, state and local) really know (or care) what is best for the public? Add my name to the list of those who don’t except that as a given. Just because there are a lot of home owners who are under water doesn’t mean there is a water surplus. (Joke) Seriously, there are important questions that should have been answered already. But you, the public, haven’t given any of your scarce attention to them, yet.

  • 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

    Editor,

    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.