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Columns

  • Column: In suicide prevention, stigma and silence need to give way to support

    We don’t like to talk about suicide. However, more than 40,000 Americans die each year due to suicide, which currently is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation. Locally, there were 71 completed suicides in Adams County. 

    You’d think we would be more open to talking about something that is affecting our nation, our local communities and our families and friends in such a big way. 

  • Column: How Ray Rice proves Sigmund Freud wrong

    By Dr. Gary Welton, Guest Column

    As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess.

    It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data.

  • Column: How insurers' limited provider networks restrict choice

     Should you be able to choose your own doctor? Most people would say yes, and for years letting patients choose theirproviders was an almost sacred requirement for any health reform proposal.

    But political talking points in the heat of a legislative battle are one thing. Reality is another, and today’s reality is you cannot always choose the person you want to treat you.

  • Column: Bombing at a press conference beats mindlessly flexing military might

    By Emily Schwartz Greco & William A. Collins, Guest Column

    The latest conservative fad is beating up President Barack Obama for being too squeamish about exerting military force. The Republicans he defeated in 2008 and 2012 are prime examples.

    The government shouldn’t “jettison our reliance on U.S. strength,” lectured Mitt Romney in a Washington Post op-ed that equated lower numbers of active-duty troops with anemic military force.

  • Column: Beyond the blaze, issue of homelessness needs to be confronted

     A fire isn't always front-page news for a weekly community newspaper. This week it was in Brighton.

    It might come as something of a surprise to some readers as of late, with the controversy of drilling operations propping up just outside the city limits and the burgeoning campaign for the local school district to seek a bond and mill-levy measure on the November ballot. This wasn't the big, flashy story you usually see out front, despite the dramatic photos of the flames taken by John Carr certainly telling a story of a forceful blaze.

  • Column: War over Colorado oil, gas seems over before it even gets to the ballot

    Whether they know it or not, the battle being waged by fracktivists ended this week when Gov. John Hickenlooper finally threw in the towel on a special legislative session to address oil and gas drilling statewide — and the prospects for their larger political war for change draw dimmer and dimmer.

  • Column: Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling falls short

    Guest Column by Sheldon Richman

    As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn’t go nearly far enough.

    The court ruled that “closely held corporations” whose owners have religious convictions against contraceptives cannot be forced to pay for employee coverage for those products.

  • COLUMN: Adams County rain tax expanded to public roadways

     Guest Column by Stan Martin

    Despite major public pushback over a forced rain tax on residents in unincorporated Adams County, commissioners took it one step further last Tuesday, and are now taxing property owners for rain that falls on public roads.

  • Brighton blood drive June 5

    Bonfils Blood Center has an upcoming blood drives slated for the Brighton area.

    From 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on June 5, a blood drive will be held at the Recreation Center Conference Rooms, 555 N. 11th Ave.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-230

  • COLUMN: Why does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder happen?

    By Roderick O'Brien, M.D. - Guest Columnist

    One of the greatest qualities of human beings is our ability to adapt. This requires us to learn quickly and change our responses, especially if it’s a matter of survival.

    Our brains are excellent at recognizing patterns. We also have an incredible capacity to retain information. However, much of the information we store is not in the form of facts or discrete pieces of information that could be recorded with a written language.