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'Passionate intensity' has brought about political consequences

Some of the things Trump has done to turn the page on politics-as-usual are probably good, and some are obviously bad. The problem with a bull in a china shop is that he doesn't discriminate between the lousy dishware and the good stuff. More importantly, what distinguishes the lousy from the luxury is in the eye of the beholder.

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Lance Scranton: What is love?

Definitions run the gamut but this is the week that we celebrate love with flowers, chocolate, cards, favors and functions. For what do we have if love isn’t the cornerstone of how we live our lives? Unfortunately, love has become a word with many definitions, usually lived out as we individually see fit. Maybe those who have gone before us have some insight on one of the most powerful, and explosive words that we tend to throw around like candy.

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Prather's Pick: A novel about racism

I have just finished reading “Small Great Things,” a novel written by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. She is a genius at crafting novels so that the reader cannot put her books down, and then the message is often haunting.

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Bill Johnston: 3 council members are wrong

I am curious how others feel about half of Craig City Council voting against recreational pot sales being on the April ballot? Whether you are for or against the sale of recreational pot in Craig, don't you find it disturbing when politicians are afraid of letting citizens vote for an issue? I attended meetings where the three councilors used two excuses for not allowing a democratic vote.

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Thoughtful Parenting: February National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that cavities are the most common childhood disease? The good news is that cavities are almost 100 percent preventable.

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History in Focus: Sam Havenga and the moon over Salerno

As the first man from Craig to die in World War II in Salerno, Italy, Sam Havenga heralded the sacrifice Craig would suffer during World War II. Sam didn’t appear to have the making of a soldier, but like so many of his generation, World War II demanded he take part in the gruesome carnage.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Feeding top bales

During a good part of the winter, we feed small, rectangular bales (we feed round bales a little later). Lyle loads the bales on a 4-wheeler-pulled trailer, drives them out to the feedlot, and scatters them around the lot — two trailer loads. My job is to cut the strings and spread the hay out (as much as possible when there are bunches of cows pushing each other around the bales).

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A Valentine’s Day treat

Janine Rinker of Craig sent in the first of this week’s recipes with a note that it is “a favorite Valentine’s Day treat.” Crisom Crumble Bars will be a pretty treat for Valentine’s Day with its cranberry ingredient. Thanks, Janine!

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Faith Column: Martin Luther's influence on Christianity

Faith Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and this year, 2017, we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation.

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Josh Nowak: State's broadband plan can work

ZIRKEL Wireless would like to say that Hickenlooper’s vision of 100 percent coverage by 2020 is feasible. And it can be done for much less than most of our decision makers think.

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Lynne Carroll and family: Thank you

Our family would like to thank all of those many many people who helped my mother throughout the last couple of years of her life.

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Ending suicide goal of new program in western Colorado

Mental health provider Mind Springs Health has joined state and national Zero Suicide initiatives that offer tools to end suicide. “Zero Suicide embraces the critically important, fundamental idea that suicide is preventable,” said Executive Vice President of Mind Springs Health Michelle Hoy.

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Danielle Elkins: Body shaming is shameful

Recently singer Lady Gaga has been under social media’s scrutiny for her figure during her Super Bowl halftime performance. Critics took to Twitter, shaming Gaga and suggesting that she wasn’t in perfect shape for her performance.

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Janet Sheridan: Why do people fall in love?

In early 2015, an online hubbub erupted over a researcher’s claim that 36 specific questions, answered seriously, could create intimacy and cause two people to fall in love. It’s that easy? I must have wasted my time entertaining butterflies in my stomach, losing my ability to concentrate and feeling insanely happy. Silly me. I could have skipped periods of bliss and moments of uncertainty of by answering 36 questions and listening to a possible partner do the same.

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Lance Scranton: Demonstration or riot?

Students reading through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” are confused about his jail time for not having a parade permit. How times have changed, is my real and honest explanation. Teachers extol the virtues of researching issues, being informed and settling differences peacefully through discussion and debate and I am constantly reminding students that, “just because you listen, doesn’t automatically mean that you agree.”