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Lance Scranton: Grow up!

The recurring messages coming out of the mouths of many of our elected leaders are embarrassing. I'm never going to defend what happened during the election, but the inauguration of our 45th President is just days away and many of our role models of civility are severely lacking. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 proved that the color of your skin would never again be a hinderance for gaining the highest elected office in the land. I wasn't a big fan of his politics but he inspired hope when he positioned himself as a transformational leader.

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Prather’s Pick: A home full of books

This week’s picture book for children was a Christmas gift from my sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Miner Blackford of Rocky Ford. (They know that I love children’s books and sometimes use them when teaching classes.) It’s the cutest book!

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Thoughtful Parenting: Responses to neutralize arguments

Kids know arguing is a good way to get attention from their parents, even if it is negative. They also know if they’re persistent enough, their parents will eventually concede.

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Terry Barber: Manage your fears, strive for excellence

We will continue to explore the 6 Don’ts characteristics of the best mindset for a successful business owner. It’s important to state that it’s often just as important to stop doing something as it to start doing something to be successful.

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Noelle Leavitt Riley: Letters to the editor policy changes

Publisher Renee Campbell and I recently reviewed our Letters to the Editor Policy, and we decided to make some small changes that are sure to benefit our readers’ ability to be heard.

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John Ponikvar: Protecting our right to vote

At Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting, I voted to allow the 6,223 voters in Craig to determine the city’s future regarding retail marijuana sales, cultivation, manufacturing and testing. City Council voted, 3-2 with Kent Nielson absent, to approve the first reading of an ordinance that would put this question to the voters in the April election.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: So now it’s January…

So now it’s January, and the holiday season is over. What is on mind right now is what is on everybody else’s mind — the weather. It’s hard to focus on any other writing topic here at Pipi’s Pasture because, after all, it is taking three to four hours a day to do all the chores. If you have animal chores to do, you know what I’m talking about; if you don’t you still have to deal with the snowy, wet mess.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: An old mincemeat recipe

This last week, while I worked from home, I had several calls from readers who gave me information and recipes about mincemeat. I’ll share what I learned in this and future columns. I so enjoyed visiting with you all, and thanks so much for the information.

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Across the Street: Keeping an eye on education

Happy New Year and what a year it is shaping up to be. While President-elect Trump is poised to take office this month, and we expect changes, there are big things close to home that are beginning to unfold including bills in the state legislature and action at the state board of education.

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TMH Suboxone Clinic temporarily closed to new patients

The Memorial Hospital Suboxone Clinic has temporarily suspended new patient intake to allow the hospital to review processes and documentation to ensure they are paid for services.

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Americans must stop making every conflict about race

You may have seen on the news that last week in Chicago, four black young adults kidnapped and then tortured a white special needs young man while streaming the abuse on Facebook Live.

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Janet Sheridan: Inauguration Day

On Jan. 20, 1953, my fifth-grade class, suffering from frozen noses and wild excitement, climbed from the back of a farm truck after an open-air, arctic ride to Barney Cornaby’s house. Barney had invited us to his home, which held one of the few TVs in Lake Shore, to watch the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Whatever that was.

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Prather's Pick: '13 Ways to Kill Your Community'

If you’re making a list of books to read during the new year, put this week’s book at the top. It’s “13 ways to Kill Your Community” by Doug Griffiths, MBA, with Kelly Clemmer. The book I reviewed is the second edition.

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Lance Scranton: Chinook winds to change course

Usually the type of winds we experienced early this week blow, by definition, at the end of the winter season. Such is not the case in 2017, and you have to admit that waking up to a 40-degree temperature on Monday morning was not altogether disappointing. After the freezer we were in for the last week, it was refreshing to be able to go outside without the three or four layers of winter clothing.

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Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: Uncertainty and opportunity in 2017

I’m having a hard time getting my mind around the fact that it’s 2017 and the start of my fifth session in the Colorado House of Representatives. Thank you for the opportunity. It looks like we are off to the usual (but more so) confusing, intense and sometimes exasperating start. There are more interesting meetings and social events than time on the calendar, more bills than time to read, and endless mind bending hours in the Joint Budget Committee.

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