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Columns

  • Thank you, Brighton

        I believe in miracles … And it’s because of you.             
        I am fortunate to have the opportunity to hear about miracles in one form or another every week through my job here at the Blade. I’ve had the pleasure of reporting on several things in our community this year – and especially this holiday season – which I feel fit the definition of a miracle.
        Yes, Brighton, I believe we’ve ended 2010 on a pretty good note.

  • The 10 commandments of holiday shopping

    Here’s a few rules to live by as we flood into shopping centers this holiday season.
        1. Thou shall have no other iPads before me: You’ve got the iPod, you’ve got the iPhone, enough! Some of us are still getting up to speed in the iWorld. So rid yourself of the need to get this quasi-computer this Christmas.

  • The 10 commandments of holiday shopping

    Here’s a few rules to live by as we flood into shopping centers this holiday season.
        1. Thou shall have no other iPads before me: You’ve got the iPod, you’ve got the iPhone, enough! Some of us are still getting up to speed in the iWorld. So rid yourself of the need to get this quasi-computer this Christmas.

  • What could you do this Christmas?

        It was 12:42 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving. I was standing in a line about 20 shoppers deep at a Wal-Mart in Grand Island, Neb., with my dad.
        I’m not much of a shopper–my typical rule of thumb is to only visit a Wal-Mart store when absolutely necessary and only after 11 p.m.–so the thought of immersing myself in the Black Friday chaos was not appealing. But dad had spotted a mini-Jeep in the ads earlier Thanksgiving Day and he had wanted to pick one up for my nephew for Christmas.

  • Headed the wrong direction

        It has been said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
        In our country, we could very easily put “political correctness” in place of “good intentions.”
        We, as a country, put an extraordinary effort into not offending those around us. And we do so at very much our own risk and at the expense of common logic.

  • Remembering to be thankful

        Thanksgiving.
        A day to give thanks.
        And to torture some innocent bird until delicious cornbread stuffing shoots out of its … never mind.

  • Missed Opportunities

  • Party like it’s $19.99

        One evening after dinner, 5-year-old Johnny noticed that his mother had gone out and asked his father, “Where did Mommy go?”
        His father replied, “Mommy is at a Tupperware party.”
        Like most kids, the explanation satisfied for only a moment.
        Puzzled, he asked, “What’s a Tupperware party, Daddy?”
        An honest man, his father decided a simple answer was the best course.

  • Parents hold the true key to keeping teen drivers safe

    Col. James Wolfinbarger
    Chief of Colorado State Patrol

    As chief of the Colorado State Patrol and the father of two young boys, I understand the anxiety parents face when their teenager starts to drive.  Their concerns are valid. Last year in Colorado, 63 young drivers, age 15 to 20, were involved in fatal crashes and 47 in this age group were killed, making motor vehicle crashes the leading cause of death for teens. But parents can improve their teen’s odds of survival. 

  • Remembering Diana Hummell

               Popular wisdom will tell you that Diana Hummell lost her battle with cancer last week.
               I don’t believe that. I think she won.