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Columns

  • Byerley: Attracting more addicts to Denver

    By Nicole Byerley

    Denver is on the verge of going the way of San Francisco. The Denver City Council approved a measure on Nov. 26 to open a site to allow heroin users to “safely” use the drug intravenously and will have Narcan available to treat overdoses.

  • Fabyanic: ‘Tis the season of giving

    It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.

    — Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

    Lately, I’ve been writing about giving. I love Thanksgiving, I wrote, because it’s simply about being thankful for the blessings in one’s life. Books, I suggested last week, are perfect stocking-stuffers for they’re about ideas and stories, conflicts and emotions, heroes and nefarious scalawags, all that constitute the human drama.

  • Fabyanic: The power of books

    In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg, Germany, church door. Initially, the document didn’t make much of a splash. Luther wrote it, though, at the dawn of mass media: Johannes Guttenberg had recently invented the printing press.
    In the time before copyright and intellectual property, Guttenberg concocted a great marketing scheme: To get his invention noticed, he cranked out copies of Luther’s 95 Theses. It quickly went viral and shattered the previous impervious fortress of ecclesiastical authority.

  • Byerley: The gift of generosity

    ‘Tis the season to give generously. Beyond our own families and friends, we have the opportunity year-round to give generously to our communities, neighbors and causes we believe in.  
    So many have become accustomed to social safety nets like SNAP, WIC, Social Security and Medicare. We don’t have a choice of how our tax dollars are being allocated to these programs, and much of the money is caught up in red tape, administrative costs and bureaucracy.  

  • Byerley: Opinions and free speech

    What is an opinion column? It is written in the context of the author’s viewpoint, meant to present one side of an argument or a worldview.  
    I was hired by this newspaper to give my opinion from the right side of the political aisle. An opinion column is also an exercise of free speech, protected by our U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, an opinion column is written to reach an audience and hopefully to sell more newspapers.  

  • Fabyanic: Giving thanks

    Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. The reason lies in its simplicity: The day is not laden with fervor. Rather, it is premised on a simple construct: Offering gratitude.
    My friend Amy Collette wrote a book titled “The Gratitude Connection.” One of the beauties of Amy’s work lies in its simplicity. It’s not a verbose treatise, but an easy, gentle, thoughtful exercise into the practice of giving thanks.

  • Fabyanic: By their fruits

    “Hate your neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace.”

    “Eve of Destruction” – P. F. Sloan, sung by Barry McGuire

    From the gospels, we can glean a measure of what Jesus purportedly said. Much of it is good such as his “Blessed are” Beatitudes and counsel, “Sell that thou hast and give to the poor.” (Matt 19:21 KJV)

    Love for and treatment of fellow humans was important for Jesus. “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” he said. (Matt 22:39 KJV)

  • Byerley: Thanks to our veterans

    Thanks to our veterans, all citizens of the United States continue to enjoy our constitutionally protected freedoms. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude and appreciation.

    Veterans are our neighbors, friends, and family members. I wish to thank all of them for their service to our country. Veterans Day was officially on Sunday, and some had the privilege of taking off work and school on Monday to honor our veterans.

    It takes a special kind of person to serve in our armed forces. Some never saw action in combat, while others may have seen too much.

  • Byerley: The view over the horizon

    The view just over the horizon is that of a majestic peak, capped with a blanket of snow. The lodgepoles bobbing back and forth in the gusty wind briefly give a glimpse of the mountaintop splendor.  
    Snow crystals burst into sudden wisps of angel-like wing patterns as they blow near the window, taunting me to go outside and taste their icy deliciousness on the tip of my tongue. Meanwhile the sun casts a golden glow through the trees, catching the flakes with rays of light, diamonds on the hillside.

  • Fabyanic: Dehumanizing others

    In “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “In the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.”
    It’s from that passage “the end justifies the means” was birthed. Only results matter. As the now-departed managing partner of the Oakland Raiders Al Davis put it, “Just win, baby, just win.”