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Columns

  • Byerley: Prayers in nature

    The best parts of moving to a new area are finding new trails to explore, new roads to wander and making the time to take it all in. These past few months have left little time to slow down.
    Between moving, insanity at work, and the general hubbub of life, I seem to have been in go mode for far too long now. Having a few days off to celebrate the birth of our Savior gave me some much-needed peace. Time to spend in reflective prayer while wandering through the beautiful woods.

  • Byerley: Dems want to kill Colorado jobs

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Dems are hell-bent on trying to kill jobs in 2019!  
    The Denver Post reports that a plethora of new bills are being introduced to address employment issues while Dems hold the majority in the Colorado Senate, House and governor’s office. It’s the usual smorgasbord of bad ideas that don’t account for the cost of doing business or the small business owner.  They can’t seem to be satisfied with a thriving Colorado economy; they must turn around and snuff it out.

  • Fabyanic: Freeing from the prison of daily affairs

    “We must free ourselves from the prison of our everyday affairs and politics.”
    — Epicurus

    Time is an illusion. It serves to sort and categorize past events and imagine future ones. With past and future existing only within our minds, the present is it. Quantum physics tells us so. Buddhism says likewise. There’s only the Now.

  • Fabyanic: ‘Tis the season of giving

    It seems we can’t get a break from carping, whining and finger-pointing. Social-political angst. Many thrive on it. It’s an addiction, a drug flowing through their veins. A detox course would be helpful for such souls.

  • Byerley: Thoughts on the Clear Creek housing study

    I recently read the Clear Creek County Housing Needs study released by EPS in October and published on the county’s website on Nov. 6. The study makes some good recommendations, addresses some legitimate housing issues within the county and presents some suggestions I don’t completely agree with.  
    Clear Creek County housing shortages are an ongoing issue that cannot easily be addressed without a multifaceted approach. The study addressed this complex problem from a variety of angles.

  • 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.