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Today's Opinions

  • CAFE standards paving way to a better world?

    Hannah Hayes

    The survival of our planet depends upon a large-scale shift in consciousness. Increasing the number of miles per gallon a car is required to achieve isn’t going to create enough change. If you are not already embracing a responsible 21st-century lifestyle, the journey might be uncomfortable at first, but it’s absolutely necessary. Reversing global warming and gearing up for sustainability requires steering outside of those double yellow lines and parking in an entirely new spot.

  • Controversies detract from business at hand

    The first three weeks of the 2008 legislative session have been anything but dull. Of course, the vast majority of press coverage has focused on newly minted state Rep. Doug Bruce, R-Colorado Springs, author of the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR amendment).

  • U.S. health care: Best in the world, or sick?

    Hannah Hayes

    Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Single-payer universal health care is the best way to dig out of the corporate mess we have now. Taking the profit out of health care will bring the greatest benefit to the largest number of citizens, and allow the U.S. a path to regain dignity in another area where we slip and slide so badly.

  • Does the death penalty prevent crime?

    Hannah Hayes

  • Do the dinosaurs still have a mission?

    I was a teenage dinosaur.

    Actually, I was in my early 20s when an old-school managing editor by the name of Gale Baldwin told me I’d just become the editor of a weekly section that would target readers in the 6-to-11 age bracket.

  • Bradberry collected friends on the river of life

    “When I find a well-drawn character in fiction or biography, I generally take a warm personal interest in him, for the reason that I have known him before — met him on the river.”

    — Mark Twain, in “Life on the Mississippi”

    Brad Bradberry never met a person he didn’t know, or with whom he couldn’t navigate a long, meandering conversation. While some people collect objects, Brad collected people: childhood friends, rivals, Rotarians, fellow publishers, bosses, employees, customers.

  • 'I'll catch you all around the bend'

    From the time I was diagnosed with cancer about 14 months ago, I wondered what the subject of my final column would be and when I would write it. Well, I’m no closer to a subject and have been wondering how much longer I could hold out, but now the time has come.

    Like everything else during my life, I have put it off until the last minute.

  • Is the important trivial, or the trivial important?

    It was Sunday a couple weeks ago and, as always, I found myself at 8 a.m. in front of the TV watching one of those weekly news shows. The discussion, as always, involved the presidential race, and as I took a swallow of coffee, it occurred to me that I was completely wasting my time given that I will not be around to vote next November.