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Columns

  • Voting is a civic duty

    I remember the ballot card my mother gave me to play with when I was a boy after she had voted at Bellwood School. It was on 3-inch by 6-inch white stock with red and blue print, listing the Democratic candidates she was encouraged to vote for.

  • Moving forward through looking back

    There are forces that move inexorably below the surface of our political awareness only to breech at notable events such as elections. Education with its associated politics is one such force.

  • Three steps to deal with reality

    Following the recent radical Islamist terrorist attack in New York City, you may have seen pictures of the cover of the ISIS magazine championing a pickup truck as the “best mowing” instrument for causing widespread death and mayhem.

  • Our survival comes from tribal instincts

    Before the Oct. 1 Oakland Raiders game, a wondrous unfolding took place at Mile High Stadium: A show of unity within Bronco Nation that had been buffeted by the White House madman’s lunatic ravings. How would they/we handle the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” given it was the first home game since POTUS’s flag-wrapping assault on the First Amendment?

  • Self-delusion and randomness

    The more media noise, the clearer the entire issue surrounding guns. Is the recurring tragedy-based discussion over gun control/elimination or is it over violence connected with guns? These are not the same issues, yet the debate seems to treat both as synonymous.
    Proponents of the gun control/elimination faction take false refuge in widely acknowledged but misleading statistics. The figure of 33,000 is often used as the number of annual firearm-related deaths.

  • Free speech and the communication crisis

    Alisha Hill

  • How do we do this?

    “Even 25 years ago, traffic would back up, but it would be for an hour or two. Now, it’s four or five hours. What we’re going to move into is six or eight hours, or 10 hours. And then people just stop going.”
    — Steve Harelson, CDOT program engineer; Denver Post, Aug. 23, 2017

    In my Sept. 7 online column, my response to Harelson’s query was, “Exactly. At what point will people quit coming up? What is that tipping point?”

  • Beware the DAMN Syndrome

    Former Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill is generally credited with coining the phrase “All politics is/are local.” While the true origin of this insight is primarily one of a “top-down” voting mechanic, for the rest of us it is a warning of the need for “bottoms-up” awareness.

  • The power to make a difference

    Alisha Hill

  • Getting the most out of the new archive library

    Alisha Hill