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Columns

  • Hillman: A lot of work accomplished, but more work lies ahead

    When I became mayor of Idaho Springs in 2014, the city was at a crossroads. Our infrastructure was aging and starting to fail, and we were facing some other significant challenges as well.

    I said it when I was elected, and I’ll say it again: “It’s a new day in Idaho Springs.” Back in 2015, that meant looking at ways we could protect and develop our community both for residents and for our businesses. We have met that challenge, and it’s time to enjoy our work.

  • Byerley: Integrated behavioral help

    Centura Health has proposed an Integrated Behavioral Health model for the permanent Idaho Springs clinic. This type of medical approach is desperately needed everywhere, especially in rural communities such as ours.

    Clinical medicine so often addresses symptoms and immediate needs, while neglecting to ask the right questions to dig down to the root cause of the problem. Behavioral health clinicians help to fill in this gap by asking deeper questions and getting to know individual needs and concerns.

  • Fabyanic: Gay conversion therapy

    To deal with non-compliant individuals who do something outrageous such as think for themselves or make personal life-affirming decisions, a common practice in totalitarian societies is to incarcerate offenders in re-education camps.

    There they undergo corrective behavior discipline until they exhibit right thinking. It’s called brainwashing, a mental cleansing, wiping the mind clean so to allow the washers to program the individual to believe and behave as they do.

  • Fabyanic: Human sexuality education

    House Bill 19-1032, “Concerning Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation,” addresses a critical need for Colorado youth and, by extension, society. It brings Colorado public schools’ content standards in human sexuality education up to date and in alignment with where America is morally, socially and culturally.

  • Byerley: Public school indoctrination

    Colorado Democrats continue to push for the indoctrination of young, impressionable minds in public schools. Colorado House Bill 19-1032 was sent for review by the House Appropriations Committee for Health and Insurance on Jan 30.

  • Byerley: Trading lives

    What makes one life more valuable than another in the eyes of people? What about in the eyes of God?

    Moral outrage has been prompted over house bills in Virginia and Rhode Island to allow abortion up to the time of birth. New York and New Mexico recently passed a similar bill. Six other states already allow it, including Colorado, Alaska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont, as well as Washington, D.C.

  • Fabyanic: Appreciating public employees

    During the English Civil War, parliamentarian opponents of Charles I dubbed his aristocratic supporters Cavaliers. They were the entitled, beautifully coiffed gentry who controlled the kingdom’s wealth through their land holdings.

  • Fabyanic: Soufflé of writing

    I have to say, I’m becoming addicted to George Will’s columns. The reasons are beaucoup.

  • Byerley: We are not alone

    Our busy lives, and constant hustle-bustle sometimes leave us feeling lonely. Time with family and friends is limited by our jobs and obligations.  
    It can leave us feeling helpless, frustrated and worn down. We sometimes develop unhealthy behaviors, like not getting enough exercise or sleep, using drugs or alcohol to cope, and isolating ourselves from the company of others.  
    We must remember in these times of struggle that we are never alone, and others experience the same feelings.

  • Byerley: Who pays?

    Last week I wrote about “free” full-day kindergarten and Gov. Polis’ pick for state agriculture commissioner, as delivered in his State of the State address on the 9th. Other topics of concern are health care and energy.

    Polis stated, “It’s time to be bold. To build a health care system that works for everyone.” It’s no secret that Polis wants universal, state-run health care in Colorado. He campaigned on this.