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Good aim is required to defeat our Goliath education problems

In a past life, I coached a couple seasons of high school baseball. And, if you don't know baseball, you might not understand that, in baseball, we count EVERYTHING. Real baseball guys know batting … more

Some things need to be brought home, but violence is never one of them

This isn’t going to be one of the funny ones. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” October is National … more

Take a trip to see all the autumn glory of the state

Fall in Colorado is a time of change, of transition in nature and the color of our outdoors. The refreshing green of summer quaking aspen leaves turn to a brilliant and glittering gold and rust as the trees display a fall calm, a view of beauty and … more

What is the counter argument to equal pay for equal work?

If you don't agree with this statement - equal pay for equal work - please use the email below to tell write and me why. I'm serious ... if you don't believe that women deserve the same pay that … more

The funny thing about littering is that there’s nothing funny about it

Jennifer and I just flew back from Detroit, and, boy, are our arms tired. Michigan is my homeland, specifically Ann Arbor, and I thought that she should have at least one encounter with a University of Michigan home game in her lifetime. If … more

Don’t look away from what the mirror is trying to tell you

Typically the first person we greet each morning is ourselves. Whether we are washing up, brushing our teeth, shaving, putting on some makeup or combing or brushing our hair, our first interaction is looking straight into our own eyes. We may be … more

Filling my inbox to nourish my political soul

It's finally happened. Not unlike seeing the mileage on your car turning 100,000 - or 200,000! - miles, I have been watching my email inbox for a new milestone, and this week it happened: I have more … more

Get off the fence when it comes to forgiveness

If you do not have anyone in your life that you need to or should forgive, or if you have no reason to be forgiven yourself, you may want to skip this column today. However, if you believe that there are one or more people who you would feel better … more

These days, a press conference is more like a guess conference

The story goes that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. In Rosedale, Mississippi. In exchange for musical genius. (Tommy Johnson’s character in the film “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” is … more

Entire nation seems to have some irreconcilable differences

I recently read an article by David French in which he postulated that our country is headed for something akin to a divorce. And some of the numbers he cites are astonishing. In 1992, only about 30 percent of the country lived in a “landslide” … more

You’re right, owner of an unleashed dog — you’re amazing, and we’re lucky to have you

I have some very good news for some of you — and you know who you are. You are exempt from all of the dog leash laws and ordinances and regulations in Douglas County. And do you know why? Because you are special. You are special and cool and … more

Instead of putting down last year, try building up next year

It is usually at this time of the year, or maybe even sooner, that we hear someone we know say something like, “I am so glad this year is coming to an end.” Or, “I can’t wait for the year to … more

Good aim is required to defeat our Goliath education problems

In a past life, I coached a couple seasons of high school baseball. And, if you don’t know baseball, you might not understand that, in baseball, we count EVERYTHING. Real baseball guys know batting averages, walks, hits, strikeouts, sacrifice … more

New brand of athlete seems too cool for (fail) school

A friend of mine recently gave me a copy of an interview that Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets gave a couple months ago, right after the end of the season. The takeaway line, and the reason my … more

Senate health care bill a losing hand

If you play poker long enough, sooner or later you will have to show your hand. That’s what I learned recently when I went to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. No, I didn’t play in the WSOP, but my friend John had earned a seat through … more

An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans

Eva Levine's birthday - July 6 - always follows hard on our own American Independence Day. I commemorate Eva's birthday, as I do every year, by reflecting on the Holocaust, in which millions of Jews … more

Crucial difference between daring to fail and fatal mistakes

I have long been an advocate of calculated risks, of daring greatly, and, in the words of John Maxwell, failing forward. Especially for young people, and people who are not responsible for others, sometimes the very best teacher is trying something … more

Happy Thanksgetting — getting back what we give out

Thanksgetting? Sounds like one of those made-up holidays, doesn’t it? We all know there is no such holiday as Thanksgetting — well maybe not technically, but quite possibly a twist on the … more

Way down under a lot of wrapping, the core of Christmas is still there

If you are full of kringle and nog, I don’t want to bring my wet blanket into it very far, even though it’s tempting. The Christmas season once lasted a week or two. Then a month. Now it’s two … more

Birthday prompts reflection: The seven signs of growth

By the time you read this, I will have made another 365-day trip around the sun. Not a milestone birthday in itself, although the previous 12 months have been anything but ordinary. Consider all that has transpired since October 2016 … feel … more
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