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Columns

  • Our country needs another Neil Armstrong

    In recent weeks, one of our heroes left us. He is someone near and dear to me. He inspired me, and he inspired a nation. He, too, was from Ohio, not far from where I went to college. Neil Armstrong was to America that shining light that pierced the darkness. 

  • Ryan is face of new Republicanism

     Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate tells us considerably more than Romney’s need to reach out to, connect with or throw a bone — red meat — to his Tea Party wing.

  • Election shows opposite views for U.S.

     “Like Rev. Hale and others on this stage, we conceive the devil as a necessary part of a respectable cosmology. Ours is a divided empire in which certain ideas and emotions and actions are of God, and their opposites are of Lucifer.” 

    — “The Crucible”
    by Arthur Miller

     

  • Obama’s campaign finances tied to unions

     Since I last wrote, I spent almost a week in Leesburg, Va., at a conference for one of my software publishers, Acumatica ERP. I spent my time networking with people from Russia, France, Colombia, Mexico and Montreal. The Montreal guys were interesting. 

    I always like speaking with people from outside the United States, as it gives me a better perspective on how we look to others. I also love trying to understand them through their accents.  

  • Ryan can’t have it both ways

    The arrival of Congressman Paul Ryan on the national scene as Mitt Romney’s prospective running mate has elicited a range of reactions from bewilderment to adoration. Heralded as an ideological leader of the Republican/Tea Party, Ryan’s intellectual prowess has been acclaimed.  

  • ‘Shared prosperity’ really means more taxes

    What is “shared prosperity”?  It is a euphemism wrapped in deceit. The president uses it frequently on the campaign trail when espousing how to move forward. He states frequently that we must go forward toward a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared. He further states that we must not go backward to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.  

  • VA strives to help victims of sexual assault

    Ruth’s journey has lasted 23 years. As an 18-year-old serving in the Navy, her military superior sexually assaulted her. 

    Despite witness testimony that she had been raped and proof that she had to be treated for the sexually transmitted disease that followed, her report of the incident was ignored. 

    Later, she was blamed. Ruth’s inability to obtain justice drove her to an attempted suicide, a diagnosis of a personality disorder and a military discharge. 

  • We can’t pick and choose our freedoms

    “It’s a free country!” How many times have we and do we hear that phrase?
    Let’s focus on free, freedom and liberty for a moment. The phrase certainly doesn’t mean that America is free of charge. In fact, this country has been built and kept with so much sacrifice starting from the pilgrims to the revolution to the Civil War, the world wars and many conflicts since. So, America is not free of conflict and sacrifice.

  • It’s getting hotter — and faster

    If you’re feeling the heat, the reason is that it’s hot, way too hot.
    June and July were the two hottest months in Denver history. July’s record bumped the then-second-hottest July — 2005 — to third place behind Dust Bowl era July 1934. What is discomforting is that records being broken are those recently made. That implies a trend.

  • Denver nonprofit puts vets to work in green jobs

    After leaving the Army, Tony got into trouble with the law. His six-year sentence with the Colorado Department of Corrections was eventually converted to a stay at a halfway house in Alamosa. There, he learned about a program called Veterans Green Jobs.
    “At the time, I didn’t know the first thing about weatherization. But they gave me a second chance.”
    Soon, Tony found himself sealing, insulating and fastening skirting to trailer homes in the San Luis Valley — Colorado’s poorest region.