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Columns

  • 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: 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: 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. 

  • Fort Lupton Optimist Club Garage Sale May 17

    Saturday, May 17, is the date for the annual Ft. Lupton Optimist Club garage sale at R&M Services, 622 First Ave. in Ft. Lupton. The selling hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    In case of rain, the sale will be held on Sunday, May 18. Organizers are looking for household items in good working condition. Children’s clothing and toys are highly saleable. All donations are tax deductible and receipts are offered. Proceeds go toward the Fort Lupton Optimist Club senior scholarships. 

  • COLUMN: Sheriffs ought to stay out of political fight

     Our public servants shouldn’t pick and choose whether they abide by the law of the land.

    But at some point, a host of elected officials across this state have forgotten that they have a duty and honor to fulfill — that the word “servant” is a goal to strive for each day.

  • REVIEW: The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Right on target with a mixed message

     

     

  • REVIEW: The 2013 Mini Paceman features surprise by design

     

     

     

    Aaron Cole
    Auto Columnist

    There are few cars that truly take me by surprise anymore.
        For the most part, aside from exotica that no one can pronounce, and even fewer people can afford, it’s all basically the same stuff. Engines get used almost universally across entire brands, and when it comes to transmissions, those are like late-night movies on HBO: Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all.