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Michael Norton
Winning Words

Getting motivated when we have become demotivated

Here we are, several weeks into the New Year. But where exactly are we? Are we on track with our goals and resolutions? Are we still headed to the gym? Is our personal time being preserved? Have we …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

And now, in the great tradition of newspaper haiku contests

Maybe the time of the year, and a series of snows, contributed to the haiku contest’s success. Winter, someone said, “forms our character and brings out our best.” I hoped for a dozen entries. …

Death as your adviser

“. . . use death as your advisor” – Don Juan Strong and unusual words. I just love this thought — it’s loaded with power and knocks your socks off when you first hear it. The power of this …
David Severance

Is your teen part of the vaping craze?

Think back to less than 15 years ago, when it was common to walk out of a store or restaurant and be met with the unmistakable smell of cigarette smoke. It was a time when nearly 21 of every 100 …

A letter on cautious compassion

Dearest oldest daughter: It’s been a while since I’ve written you (at least in this forum), and a lot has happened in your life. Most of it wonderful — most of it grand, and exciting, and …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Kindergarten change is fairer

One reader wrote to ask why 5 year-old kids should be kept inside for an additional 4 hours a day, with the new plan to fund all-day kindergarten. Although I favor very limited academics for young …

Letter to the editor: Wait six years for safety?

I was astounded with the newspaper article on Jan. 17, where the Jeffco school district man in charge of facilities and construction that it will take six years to complete the recent bond issues …

Letter to the editor: Why hold kids captive longer?

Is it tragic or comical that with lower income parents decrying the lack of grass and green spaces in their neighborhoods, conditions which are consigning their children to vegetate inside before …

Letter to the editor: About free speech

A letter in the 10 Jan. edition conflates free speech with freedom of the press. Yes, both are protected by the First Amendment, but we all know that free speech essentially means the government …

Letter to the editor: Something to the classic excuse

Have you heard the students excuse for not presenting his homework? ”The dog ate my homework”. This is a 100 percent valid excuse for not presenting the documents. I retired from medicine …
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