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Columns

  • Byerley: No boundaries

    Last week I watched a girl in her late teens throw a veritable tantrum in a department store because her mother refused to buy her a pair of skin-tight shorts that exposed the underside of her butt cheeks. While I silently commended the mother for setting some boundaries with her teenage daughter, I cringed in horror as her daughter threw the clothes on the floor, slammed the dressing room door and stormed out of the store, making a scene.

  • Fabyanic: Grappling with understanding America

    I loved teaching “Moby Dick.” Herman Melville’s novel is chock full of scenes and passages rife with imagery and complexity that challenged my students to think more deeply. One scene, Ahab talking to a decapitated whale head, stretched the bounds of their reasoning landscape.

  • Byerley: Ugh, snow

    We knew it was on its way, but we hung on to the hope that just maybe the forecast was wrong. Saturday and Sunday were gorgeous. I was finally able to sit out on the deck in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt to read a book and drink a cup of tea. Finally, shorts!

    I had to step inside after about 15 minutes because I felt like I was starting to burn. Sun, glorious sun, and much needed vitamin D. It felt wonderful on my newly bared skin.

  • Fabyanic: Vaccines’ story of hope

    The recently concluded legislative session was a doozy. Much pragmatic, common-sense legislation was enacted primarily because the can-do party was in power while the party-of-no was relegated to the backbench by voters frustrated with its inaction and ineptitude.

    As Sen. Julie Gonzalez phrased it, “This is what we ran on. This is the transformative policy we fought for.”

  • Greene: Can bears survive us?

    Colorado Parks & Wildlife manager Joe Walters had a simple answer when asked to identify the most difficult part of his job during the winter months.

    “Trying to get people to stop feeding deer,” he answered.

    People’s deer treat of choice — corn — is indigestible for the animal, causing an excruciating condition called “lactic acidosis.”

  • Fabyanic: Regular order institutionalist

    The late John McCain was an irascible fellow, a worthy debate adversary who could torch opponents with an impish smile and a glint in his eye. Despite his legendary temper, McCain never lost sight of his opponents’ humanity. He did not stoop to hurling insults to bolster a fragile ego. Perhaps it was because after five years as a POW, his ego was anything but fragile.

    That’s what made McCain’s call for a return to regular order so powerful.

  • Byerley: A win for parents

    The Colorado General Assembly officially ended on Friday. While some of the decisions were negative in my view, one bright spot came out of this year’s session: House Bill 1312, making it difficult for parents to exempt their children from getting vaccinated before entering school was squashed. The bill required parents to file a vaccination exemption with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, not just the school, essentially making it public record.

  • Byerley: Solace vs. inner isolation

    We retreat into the woods to seek solace, to find refuge from the constant activity and mental stressors. Reflecting on the beauty of nature and taking it all in. Retreating into nature brings us temporary peace and reflection, time to think about what is good and what we could be doing better. Time for silent prayer and room to ponder that which bothers us.

  • Fabyanic: Public education

    “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. ... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
    — Thomas Jefferson

    It has been rewarding to play a role in bringing a new superintendent to the Clear Creek School District on board. Clear Creek citizens — Board of Education, students, teachers, community members — being engaged in such a noble civic endeavor speaks volumes of their commitment to taking their public schools increasingly to higher levels.

  • Fabyanic: Threading the needle

    Fight-or-flight has been a primal instinct since our days on the African savannah. Seventy thousand years ago, it was always life-or-death survival. Today, not so much. For us, it’s not a case of denying real existential threats but understanding there aren’t bogeymen hiding under the bed.