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Columns

  • The smokescreen called civility

    “I’ve had all I can stands and I can’t stands no more!”

    Familiar refrain for all you Popeye fans out there.  
    But increasingly, this is exactly the sentiment of Americans whose view of our country and its direction are in direct conflict with that of the Progressives. Despite editorials and political columns decrying the lack of civility in today’s political discourse, the knee-jerk reaction consistently has the Conservative position being the source of this conflict.

  • Non-stop race to November is upon us

    And then there were two. We’ve now narrowed the field from almost 30 people who filed paperwork with the secretary of state to run for governor as major party candidates to eight who qualified for primary ballots of the two major parties to the final nominees.  Colorado’s next governor will be either Democrat Jared Polis or Republican Walker Stapleton.

  • What’s wrong with our political system?

    I talk to lots of folks who express dismay that our political system is not working. Not only did we have two undesirable choices for president in 2016, but Congress has a 16 percent approval rating.
    Yet, over 90 percent of our representatives continue to be reelected. Research from the Pew Research Center shows that trust in government is at an all-time low, including during reconstruction after the Civil War. There has been a steady decline since a high just after 9/11.

  • Appreciation through reflection

    Although originally signed on July 2, 1776, our official date for celebrating our Declaration of Independence is today, July 4th. Unfortunately, for many, this is just a day off from work, a day to relax, maybe eat a couple of hot dogs, watch a few fireworks. There is little reflection on just what this day meant in 1776 and what this means today.

  • Casting votes with thought and foresight

    Joe Webb

  • We must uphold our values, culture

    Parents are often told that among the most important things to observe and analyze are changes to their kids’ attitudes and activities and with whom they interact.  
    It’s often found that when kids disassociate themselves from their longtime friends and positive influences and relationships, they become more vulnerable to negative influences that can make them more subject to destructive activities and harm.

  • Survey says: Jeffco community members, employees support direction and potential election questions

    A little over a month ago, we launched a survey to gauge the opinion of the community on the direction of Jeffco Public Schools and to get feedback on possible fall election questions.
    To date, we’ve had more than 2,000 people respond to the survey, and based on the results, respondents show strong support for the direction Jeffco Public Schools is headed and support for possible election questions in the fall.

  • The president got the Korean talks going

    The news in the last six months that Korea is near having the capacity to hit our country with a long-range missile carrying a nuclear weapon has certainly gotten the attention of all of us. Not since the Cold War have we had the possibility of an attack of our country on our minds.
    The strange exchange of personal attacks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un served to further unnerve us, making the two leaders seem to be somewhat unhinged. To be sure, we have not witnessed similar interactions between an American president and a world leader.

  • Just please spend a moment thinking about it

    Given the daily challenges we all have to deal with, it is easy for us to overlook some of the important events that have contributed mightily to our current status. As with any historical relevance, a key component is not so much the factual occurrence, but rather the emotional connection.
    As time passes and personal accounts dwindle, this emotional connection becomes even more critical yet difficult to achieve. Yet its importance grows.

  • Clowns to the left and jokers to the right

    My favorite news source is Michael Smerconish, who has a weekday three-hour news and political discussion show, on Satellite radio station POTUS. His tag line is the title of this article.
    He appeals to me because of his fairmindedness. He is a true centrist, and in the three or four years I have been an avid listener, I have not seen one instance of biased discussion of an issue. It’s obvious as I listen to his callers that they are open-minded and endeavor to see both sides of an issue before deciding how they feel.