From Pipi’s Pasture: A great day

I don’t know about you, but most of my days are pretty positive, with a few glitches here and there. And then, once in awhile there is a day when everything goes unbelievably well — all day long. It seems as if a day like this is almost effortless — a great day.

Luke Schafer: This land is your land, this land is my land

As the absurd media circus around the illegal armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge moves into its third week, it has become clear that Ammon Bundy and company have been treated with a level of deference and timidity that is rather shocking and disgusting. One would think that publicly threatening federal officials and openly advocating for overthrowing the federal government would be met with a harsh and swift response from law enforcement.

Allen Hischke: Remove snow from roof

We have had quite a bit of snow this winter so far. More than we have had here in recent years.

Barry Barnes: Thank you, rangers

To the editor: Thank you to rangers from Colorado State Parks and Wildlife for giving up their time to put on the avalanche class Jan. 16. Your knowledge and expertise cannot be measured when it comes to saving lives. We look forward to working with all of you in the future.

Allen Hischke: Remove snow from your roof

We have had quite a bit of snow this winter so far. More than we have had here in recent years.

Barry Barnes: Thank you

Your knowledge and expertise cannot be measured, when it comes to saving lives. We look forward to working with all of you in the future.

Mike Littwin: Could Bernie win? Hillary seems to think so.

Bernie was angry about Wall Street. Hillary seemed angry about Bernie. And they went hard after each other on health care, on guns, on Goldman Sachs, on pragmatism, on political revolution.

Janet Sheridan: Letting go of the holidays

Another unending January indifferent to the discomforts and inconveniences caused by its weather. Noses run. Furnaces strain. Clumps of melting snow litter entryways, and glazed patches of ice glint with menace beneath a weak winter sun.

Gail Severson: Concerned about commissioners

What have the commissioners done! In this difficult economy, we need to be working together, not financially punishing an organization (Chamber of Commerce) for informing the community on issues of importance. The chamber is the first place a visitor, hunter or county resident stops for information about many subjects.

Prather’s Pick: A kid’s book about strep

This time of year is known for its snow and cold — and also for the strep, colds, flu and other diseases. Helping kids understand more about these illnesses is what Librarian Christy Gonzales had in mind when she showed me several little books written by Charlotte Cowan, M.D.

Lance Scranton: Just or unjust laws as defined by MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed all over the United States in tribute to an idea that likely needs to be revisited often. Reverend King’s treatise corresponded with the Founding Fathers ideals of character and virtue being more important than skin color.

Thoughtful Parenting: Benefits of early reading

It is never too early to start reading to infants and toddlers. People say early reading is important, but why?

Clarence Page: Obama's divide? Share that blame

Considering the stubbornness of his opposition, I thought President Barack Obama was being quite generous in to express "regrets" over his role in Washington's dysfunction.

Jonah Goldberg: The bogeymen of the 'billionaire class'

Clearly the only explanation for Jeb Bush's almost effortless stroll to the Republican nomination is the pernicious stranglehold of big money in politics. Oh, wait. Bush is in the low single digits in most national polls, despite his campaign and his super PAC raising more than $100 million.

VNA: Prevent cervical cancer with vaccinations, screenings

January, recognized as Cervical Health Awareness Month, is a good time to highlight measures that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer. Over the last 30 years, cervical cancer deaths have decreased 50 percent, largely due to more women getting regular cervical screenings or Pap tests, which can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops. Despite these gains, cervical cancer remains a serious health threat. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 13,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 died from the disease in 2015.