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Columns

  • 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.

  • Stick with what works in sheriff’s office

        We had a tough time deciding whom to endorse in the race for Adams County sheriff.
        There are three good candidates – Jim Fariello, Doug Darr and Mark Nicastle. Each had good ideas for the department if elected. And each has plenty of experience in the profession and continues to be passionate about the law enforcement field and their respective roles in it.
        In the end, we opted to stick with Doug Darr, the incumbent.

  • Standard Blade political endorsements

    House District 30
        Two years ago, voters took a chance on Kevin Priola as their House District 30 representative. Though Priola grew up in the area, he was a general unknown in the political arena. He made no flashy promises in his campaign, only a pledge to support common sense legislation in the Statehouse.

  • The politics of groceries

    Politicians in my grocery store? Perish the thought.
    Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s famed grocery store town halls have become fodder for his re-election campaign. The commercial spot begins with Perlmutter saying, “Hi, what’s on your mind?”
        I like the opening line because it’s open-ended. I always like to think of how I would answer the question.
        “Well, Ed, funny you should ask. Because I was just about to ask why you’re blocking the toilet paper.”

  • In support of 27J mill levy increase

    Advocating a tax increase in this difficult economic time is a tough task.
        We have no doubt it wasn’t easy for the School District 27J Board of Education to make the decision to ask voters for a mill levy increase. In doing so, they ask many of the same families they serve, struggling with financial uncertainties, to contribute more of their hard-earned money toward the school district.

  • Football watching: A family affair

    My wife doesn’t get football.
        She isn’t alone. Statistics that I just made up show more than 80 percent of women can’t tell the difference between a place kicker and a placemat.
        My wife’s gripe is a common one. What’s intellectually stimulating about 11 grown men pushing each other around a field for three hours? And yet women watch virtually the same thing occur for three months on “The Bachelor.”