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Danielle Elkins: Stop wasting our time and money

I remember there being a section on my report card in elementary school labeled “Uses time wisely” for which the teacher would either give a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory. If Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein were graded on how well she utilizes her time, the way my classmates and I were in elementary school, I feel quite sure that her recent efforts to recount presidential votes would earn her a big U for unsatisfactory.

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Jonah Goldberg: Can we really take Trump seriously, not literally?

It would make a perfect clickbait ad "Learn this one simple trick to stop worrying about Donald Trump and Make America Great Again." What's the trick? All you have to do is take Trump seriously, but not literally.

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Lance Scranton: Bright lights — big hearts

If the future of Moffat County is as bright as some of our local Christmas lights — we will have to break out the sunglasses! It never gets tiring to drive around and discover the bright lights of those who really get into the Christmas spirit. Alice Pleasant Park looks so cool at night, and if you drive around the different neighborhoods, it is heartwarming to see the lengths which people go to adorn their homes and yards with lights and decorations.

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Prather’s Pick: Craig appears in a recent novel written by a Colorado man

This week’s novel for adults was written by Colorado resident Erik Storey, and readers will recognize some of the towns — such as Meeker, Rifle and Craig — in the setting of the book’s plot.

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Terry Barber: The best mindset for a successful business owner

As we continue exploring the characteristics of the best mindset for a successful business owner, let’s stop and define a successful business owner. It’s someone who builds and runs a successful business. Straightforward, right? But wait…

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Michelle Balleck: Where memories are made

When I visited Craig, Colorado, for the first time in 2004, I just had to make a stop into The Giving Tree gift shop, as it was named after one of my favorite children’s books. I marveled at the beautiful collectibles, unique jewelry and themed gifts that told the story of this place. I purchased a pair of moose-shaped earrings as I memento of my trip to interview for a job with the Craig Daily Press and of this town that I’ve now called my home for longer than any other place in my life.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Holiday options for families in need

Many families in our community experience increased stress and financial burdens around the holidays — higher energy costs, increased child care costs as schools are closed, an expectation of gifts, seasonal illnesses and more.

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Clerks Corner: Much appreciation to our community

On Thanksgiving Day, my daughter sent us a priceless video of our granddaughter, Kylee Jo, sharing the things she is most grateful. We beamed with pride as she reeled off her list: my mom and dad, my Nana and Papa, my Gigi and Pa, my dog Annie, police officers, macaroni and cheese and Donald Trump! Her sweet thoughts caused me to ponder the things I am grateful for as well.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A sweet potato recipe

This year when I got ready to make sweet potatoes for our Thanksgiving dinner, I hunted for a recipe that I used last year. The family had enjoyed the sweet potatoes, especially our son Jody.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: A childhood Christmas Eve

Each year when the Christmas season rolls around, my mind wanders back to my childhood days when I was growing up on the ranch at Morapos. Whenever I write about growing up experiences, I marvel at how much I’ve forgotten or perhaps how I have chosen to remember things. My siblings often remember events another way. So here it goes.

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Danielle Elkins: Trump's attorney general pick could send pot industry up in smoke if confirmed

As the smoke clears after the presidential election, Donald Trump is working on choosing who will aid him in leading America.

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Cal Thomas: For secretary of state: John Bolton

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering seriously at least two men for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Romney's severe criticism of Trump during the campaign disqualifies him.

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Mike Littwin: Now we know what desperation looks like

Now we know, three weeks too late, what desperation truly looks like. Green candidate Jill Stein has somehow raised millions of dollars for a three-state presidential recount — in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that will almost certainly accomplish nothing except to falsely raise hopes among distressed Democrats while annoying the hell out of one Donald Trump.

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Prather's Pick: A heartwarming Christmas book for children

Awhile back, this column reviewed “Otis and the Tornado,” a picture book written by Loren Long. Librarians tell me that the books about Otis are popular with children. Up until now, there have been three Otis books: “Otis,” “Otis and the Tornado,” and “Otis and the Puppy.” Now, just in time for the holidays, Long has published yet another book: “An Otis Christmas.” It’s this week’s featured book.

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The Bock’s Office: Myth, music make ‘Moana’ memorable Disney outing

A few years ago, the world learned to enjoy the snow and ice in a new way with “Frozen.” Not that there was much difficulty of losing the love for it, but the tropics gets the same adoring treatment in “Moana.”

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