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Columns

  • Let’s make Idaho Springs more like Mayberry

    Alisha Hill

  • The new scarlet letter

    In his classic novel “The Scarlet Letter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays a heroic woman in Hester Prynne, who is forced to bear a mark of shame by wearing a red A, meaning Adulteress, on her bosom. Hester, though, refuses to accept that judgment, not by refusing to wear it but by wearing it nobly. She embroiders it with gold thread and walks with her head high despite being ostracized by the tongue-wagging, judging Puritan society.

  • The problem with ‘news porn’

    “The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.”
     — Hannah Arendt, 20th-century German historian and philosopher

  • Rescuing civics through volunteering

    My last column detailed and bemoaned the planned demise of basic citizenship education. The removal of civics as a requirement for our national definition of basic schooling and education does not bode well for any substantial hope for an informed voter.
    In concluding my last column, I tried to sound a cautionary alarm, but the alarm was not accompanied by any suggestions for redress. This has bothered me tremendously. The challenge then becomes what can be done to start a reversal of this downward spiral, this lack of understanding of the basic tenets of citizenship?

  • How civics were co-opted by design

    My last column dealt with a wholly original idea regarding how we evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our national education system. Today’s column is going to examine the intentional cause and effect that has led to fundamental changes in the perception of our roles and obligations as citizens.
    It is intuitively and objectively obvious that our national system today, while attempting to address improvement in STEM-related subjects, fails miserably in addressing this most fundamental and important topic for all Americans.

  • She said, he said

    Alisha Hill

  • Voting is a civic duty

    I remember the ballot card my mother gave me to play with when I was a boy after she had voted at Bellwood School. It was on 3-inch by 6-inch white stock with red and blue print, listing the Democratic candidates she was encouraged to vote for.

  • Moving forward through looking back

    There are forces that move inexorably below the surface of our political awareness only to breech at notable events such as elections. Education with its associated politics is one such force.

  • Three steps to deal with reality

    Following the recent radical Islamist terrorist attack in New York City, you may have seen pictures of the cover of the ISIS magazine championing a pickup truck as the “best mowing” instrument for causing widespread death and mayhem.

  • Our survival comes from tribal instincts

    Before the Oct. 1 Oakland Raiders game, a wondrous unfolding took place at Mile High Stadium: A show of unity within Bronco Nation that had been buffeted by the White House madman’s lunatic ravings. How would they/we handle the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” given it was the first home game since POTUS’s flag-wrapping assault on the First Amendment?