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Paula Sadvar: Friend in need

A dear friend and member of our community, Gary Pritchard, is still fighting cancer. He is staying with his daughter, Jessica, in Grand Junction. Any and all donations are welcome and appreciated. Please donate at Bank of the West. Thank you.

Lance Scranton: How to treat others

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The most famous portion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech given at the Lincoln Memorial just 19 days before I was born.

Prather’s Pick: ‘When Books Went to War’ is a fantastic read

This week’s nonfiction book for adults is enlightening, to say the least. “When Books Went To War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II” was written by Molly Guptill Manning.

Senior Spotlight: Understanding all sides

My older brother used to tell me that I had a memory like an elephant because an elephant never forgets. Yet this month it seems like I have a problem getting things done on time. For some reason I’m just not as organized as usual and have to write down reminders to make sure I’m on top of things. I get things done thanks to the reminders but not always by the time they should have been completed.

Stephanie Pearce: The American Dream, Part 3 — examining Common Core

Last week I explained how, in my opinion, a lesson plan on capitalism helped to sway the children to think that capitalism is bad. This week, we will touch on what is taught through this lesson plan on socialism, communism, and how this sways sympathy toward these political theories.

Over a Cup: Thinking of Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14 is only about a month away, so I’ve already been thinking about recipes for celebrating the holiday.

Collaborative Conservation: Conservation on all levels

The drive to survive is one we share with all living things. Why do some groups thrive when nearby groups of the same species, under similar conditions struggle? From monkeys and birds to wolves and ants, the natural world is full of examples that show how collaboration can boost survival.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Walking the obstacle course

Feeding the cows here at Pipi’s Pasture each winter morning is a little like walking an obstacle course. The course begins at the gate to the pasture, continues on to the part of the feedlot where hay is spread out, and ends back at the gate. The obstacles are the situations/obstructions that make the course a little tricky to maneuver. The goal isn’t to beat a certain time; it’s to make it back to the gate without falling down or getting knocked over. Sound ridiculous? Read on.

Our View: Grab free money available for students

Scholarships galore should entice students to apply.

The Loving Family of Tory Tovar: Thanks for the support

Our family would like to express our most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love, help and kindnesses since the loss of our loved one.

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The Bock’s Office: What tops the list for 2014?

Each year I compile a top 10 list of the best films of the past 12 months, and each year it feels incomplete because of the near-impossibility of viewing every single movie to determine the hidden gems or deciding if the big releases are worth the hype. Either way, here is my countdown of my selections for the features I was able to watch that had the biggest effect on me.

Jonah Goldberg: The problem with Romney nostalgia

In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Illinois, to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot's Point, South Carolina, in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background.

Mike Littwin: Someone else, please, in 2016

There are many things in life I don't pretend to understand. Accretion discs. Dynamic scoring. Adam Sandler. But I've always had a pretty good handle on politics. For one thing, it's not that complicated. And for another, when I get confused, there's always Nate Silver to straighten me out.

Rita Kettle: Please, protect our kids

Stop child abuse. This subject has no doubt touched my heart. You hear about it in the news, you hear about it on the streets and read about it in the papers.

John Aiken: Thank you

I would like to thank Road and Bridge, especially Liz, Danny and Randy for the great service on snow removal this winter.