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Columns

  • Pineapple, pizza and the Ides of March

    Can we talk? There’s some heavy stuff out there needing attention, so much so that my head does Linda Blair “Exorcist” revolutions, a veritable whirling dervish, trying to get around them. So much so, I was fumbling and bumbling about where to start, about which topic to zero in on.

  • A final word in a career of words: goodbye

    “And if I'd have known then, what I know now

    “I'd never let you disappear into the crowd

    “Or turn away the way I did

    “With so much left unsaid

    “If I … if I'd have known it was the last time.”

    — Lee Ann Womack

    What a long, strange trip it’s been.

  • Americans’ views seem contradictory

    A few recent news items, each powerfully pointing a finger at us and to our system, disconcertingly indicate why things are askew.

    The first deals with the wealth gap. According to an Associated Press story, a University of Michigan study shows the Great Recession and consequential slow recovery have widened the chasm between the über-wealthy and the rest of Americans.

    In 2007, the top 5 percent boasted 16.5 times the wealth as the bottom 95 percent collectively, but by 2013 it soared by nearly 50 percent, to 24 times.

  • Group does amazing work for vets

     I was recently invited and privileged to attend the Clear Creek Veterans Coalition meeting, and I walked away impressed and amazed by what was happening, not only in the room but also beyond in initiatives the group has undertaken in its short history.

    First, I was instantly corrected by several for stating while introducing myself that I was likely the only non-veteran in the room. 

     “Wow!” I thought. “I guess I’m not a fish out of water after all.”

  • It’s good to embrace controversy

    In the past six months, the universe of Obamacare has changed as rapidly, it seems, as the universe did six months after the Big Bang. Once on life support and given last rites by ministers of the political right, Obamacare has rebounded, much to Republicans’ chagrin. Democrats should only hope Republicans make it their central issue in the fall campaign; that is, if they’re willing to trumpet its success.

  • Unequal prosperity equals injustice

    If we’re to move forward to develop an economy that allows for the potential of every American to be successful, it’s imperative to move away from the either-or dichotomy of looking at capitalism: Either one has blind faith and is a fervent believer in it, or one is considered a socialist. That notion is nonsense on several levels, but suffice to say those who profess that are being simplistic.

  • Northwestern football players 7, NCAA 0

     I’m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that’s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early ’70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.

  • Wealth disparity keeps widening

    On April 20, 2014, members of the Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate Easter, coinciding with the date for Western-rite Christians. On April 20, 1914, 100 years to the day, the Greek Orthodox Church again celebrated its Easter, but for 18 Greek Orthodox women and children of miners in Ludlow, Colo., that Easter Sunday was a day not of resurrection but of death, huddled together dying of smoke inhalation from fires set by goon squads sent by coal magnates and the Colorado militia, which operated at their behest. 

  • Legislators racing to the finish line

    They’re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.

    The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we’ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.

  • Politics should not dictate views

    There is nothing wrong with changing one’s mind, especially when confronted with new information. In fact, it’s a virtue; intellectual honesty requires it.

    Long-entrenched thinking takes time to “evolve,” as Presidents Obama’s has on same-sex marriage. On that, he’s far from alone; millions of Americans have moved to support the principle, a vast change from homophobic days when a mad rush cluttered state constitutions with amendments defining marriage as between opposite-sex couples.