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The Bock’s Office: ‘If I Stay’ offers mellifluous music-based melodrama

Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.

Mike Littwin: Death penalty politics, gutsy and easy

The death penalty story is back. John Hickenlooper and Complete Colorado joined forces — sort of — to once again put the issue front and center in the governor's race. Hickenlooper's part was in giving a clumsy answer to a hypothetical question about Nathan Dunlap in a not-yet-aired CNN interview on capital punishment. And Complete Colorado — a conservative website — was the one that got hold of the unreleased audio featuring the clumsy answer.

Allen Hischke: Attention fishermen

There is a plan underway to drain Elkhead Reservoir, poison it and kill every fish in the lake. This plan is coming from the people that have been killing the fish in the Yampa River for years.

Lynnette Running Siedschlaw: Good luck, Owen Grant

I am writing this letter to wish Owen Grant the best of luck in his retirement. It truly takes an extraordinary person to dedicate his life to such a career, especially the way you have done.

Jorgiea M. Raftopoulos: Thanks Miller Appliance

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris and Tammy at Miller Appliance for their extraordinary customer service.

Moffat County Farm Bureau Board: Luttrell Barn needs help

Having read articles and letters in the past concerning the Luttrell Barn and what to do with it and talking with community members, among them Dana Duran, Pam Foster, Melody Villard and Pat McCaffrey, who have been spearheading Saving the Barn, the Moffat County Farm Bureau Board would like to throw their support into this vital and worthwhile project.

Prather’s Pick: A thriller with some romance, too

Last week, I read three novels for adults, and all three kept me engrossed to the very last page. This week’s “Prather’s Pick” features one of the books. (I’ll do the others eventually.) “Last to Know” was written by Elizabeth Adler, the author of 29 novels. The publisher is Minotaur Books (2014).

Senior Spotlight: Autumn approaches

The signs of autumn become more apparent every day. There are more rainy days and cooler evenings, and children are starting school. Soon, there will be a community coat drive, and hunting seasons are about to begin.

Stephanie Pearce: We wish you were here

I feel your presence as I drive down the road. I thought about how you would have enjoyed this trip to State Fair. You would have enjoyed it because of the reason for the trip, to watch your granddaughter. I thought about you more on this particular trip than I have since you’ve been gone.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Remembering spiced fruit

I was looking through my old cookbook that no longer has front pages, and I turned to a page that featured recipes for pickled and spiced vegetables and fruits that can be used as “accompaniments for meats.”

Thinking About Health: When Congress says it’s OK to waste health care dollars

Evidence continues to pile up that Medicare Advantage plans are no advantage for taxpayers. MA plans, as they are called, are one alternative for seniors to receive their Medicare benefits. But in this case, the benefits come from government payments to private insurance carriers, not directly from the federal government.

Baxter Black: Sometimes you ask yourself ‘why?’

Jeff needed a workin’ pen for his little herd of cows. He decided all he needed was some panels and a head gate. He rounded up some 16-foot panels of continuous fence, a metal head gate and two 8-foot posts.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Smelling the roses

This week’s column was inspired by our son Jamie. It happened when we were talking about the hurried lives we all have and sometimes not taking the time to notice the small things.

Janet Sheridan: For teachers

Last August, a niece who teaches high school posted on Facebook, “Oh, hello, teaching anxiety. There you are. I was wondering when you’d show up.” A week later, a friend in Alabama wrote, “I am going to start my 10th year of teaching next week. Can a person be full of excitement and dread at the same time?”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Giver’ suffers from sameness

Rarely are the days to come presented in a positive light when it comes to the movies, and “The Giver” is no exception. Of course, everything looks bleak when you’re seeing it all in black and white.

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