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The Bock’s Office: ‘Logan’ an X-ceptional bookend to the Wolverine trilogy

Raising a child is hard enough without a kid who has retractable claws in her hands and feet and is willing to slice open a convenience store clerk rather than own up to shoplifting. Enter the proud parent of “Logan.”

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Lance Scranton: Ignorance or enlightenment?

We’re living in trying times and guiding students through Plato’s Dialogue can be a complicated endeavor but one that is worth it, especially as people find themselves in an increasingly caustic culture. Plato’s extended analogy of the Cave, the Sun and the Dividing Line breaks down eventually, but the contrast between ignorance and enlightenment is stark, and worth considering.

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Prather’s Pick: A St. Patrick's Day folktale for children

St. Patrick’s Day is nine days away, so this week’s column reviews an Irish folktale for children. “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato” was retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, a well-known children’s author and illustrator (and the winner of a Caldecott Honor). The book was published in 1992, but no matter of copyright date — the book is charming.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Be a brain builder

The first three years of life boast the most rapid and robust brain growth, when 85 percent of the physical brain develops.

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Cal Thomas: Trump reinvents himself

For Republicans who have been concerned that President Trump has not been specific about his policies and about where he wants to take the country, Tuesday night's address to Congress and the nation was a welcome relief. For liberals, however, it was a problem precisely because he offered specifics.

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Clerks Corner: Municipal election information

The City of Craig will hold its municipal election on April 4. This election will be held in accordance with Title 31 of the Colorado Revised Statutes and City Clerk Kathy Larson will be the designated election official. The city and county have entered into an intergovernmental agreement for the conduct of this election. The Moffat County Clerk’s Office will assist the city with voter registration, ballot layout, preparation, signature verification, voting equipment and the tabulation of ballots.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal. When we have family here I like to fix breakfast casseroles — if I have the time to put them together. This week’s breakfast recipes are from a packet of recipes that Geraldine Coleman of Craig sent awhile back. Geraldine has contributed several recipes to this column.

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From Pipi's Pasture: On the other hand…

Our daily lives are filled with lots of happenings or experiences that we don’t care for very much. However, if we look hard enough, there’s often a positive side to them, too. To see what I mean, consider the following examples.

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Danielle Elkins: 'Big four' control of meatpacking unfair to U.S. ranchers, consumers

American farmers and ranchers, as well as consumers, have been forgotten by the politics of food and big business. Thanks to several factors that put the competition out of business, four companies now control the meatpacking industry.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Progress and next steps in our fight against opioid abuse

The Colorado Hospital Association recently reported that in 2015, 268 newborns in Colorado had opioid withdrawal symptoms after birth. Opioid withdrawal in newborns is known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, and it is the result of a mother’s opioid use during pregnancy. The state of Colorado has been hit particularly hard by the opioid abuse epidemic that is sweeping our nation — the Third Congressional District especially.

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Lance Scranton: Disseminating news

Every news story about politics these days (other than factual reporting of something that actually happened) should come with the above disclaimer. The line between fact and opinion journalism has been blurring steadily toward partisanship and students get caught up in the quagmire of opinions that are being presented as facts. For years we have had to put up with grandiose speeches that sounded terrific but had no substance and the result is that now we have substantial things being said in a less than grandiose manner.

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Prather’s Pick: The retelling of a classic fable

This week’s book is a retelling of “The Grasshopper and the Ants,” a beloved Aesop’s fable. When I was browsing through the children’s library last week, the book fell off the shelf and landed at my feet. I was immediately drawn to the bright colors and detail of the cover’s artwork — it’s exquisite — so I brought the book home.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Children and supervision

When you reflect on your childhood, do you ever recall things you did that you wouldn’t have done if an adult had been watching you? Most of us played “doctor” when no grownup was within eyeshot. Experimenting with fire, cigarettes, shoplifting, teasing a sibling or bullying another child — these are only a few examples that come to mind.

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The Bock’s Office: Oscar fever

Hollywood’s biggest night is nearly upon us, with the stage set for the 89th annual Academy Awards Sunday. With trophy magnets and small successes alike on the ballot this year, anything can happen as we await the announcement of which movies of the past year will take home the gold. My predictions for how the night will go can be found below.