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Mike Littwin: Gun Day Monday at the Capitol, loopy but calm

It was Gun Day Monday at the state legislature, where seven gun bills — all proposed by Republicans — were up for debate. The testimony either broke your heart or made your head pound and, either way, had to make you wonder how we ever got to this place.

Janet Sheridan: Memories of Valentine’s Day

I collect antique valentines. My interest in collecting old valentines no doubt flows from my happy memories of school valentine parties.

Lance Scranton: Enough already!

He dropped back and put the ball in the air and the intangibles took over. The firestorm of criticism that ensued made every critic and armchair coach an expert on what “should” have happened. Few remember the undrafted rookie who made the play of the year down on the one yard line, an improbable interception with time expiring, stopping the opponent’s touchdown that would ensure victory with just seconds left during the most watched Super Bowl in history.

Prather’s Pick: Surviving a blizzard

This week’s book is timely, indeed, considering all of the media coverage about the recent blizzards in the eastern part of our country. “Blizzard” is a beautifully-illustrated (Caldecott Honor) book, written by John Rocco. The story is based on his own experience with a blizzard when he was 10 years old.

Senior Spotlight: Memories of my hometown

As I sat in my recliner watching the weather channel, I thought about the nice weather we are having and how different it was from the storms in the eastern United States. States like New York are going through a rough time causing a real hardship for those living there. I can relate to those storms, remembering how it was back in the good old days when Colorado lived up to its reputation for cold and snow.

Stephanie Pearce: A little wool goes a long way


January has been a month of non-stop going in our household. If you had told me even a year ago that my daughter would be achieving all that she is right now, I would have laughed in your face. She is a normal teenager but is accomplishing so much, not only for herself, but for our community. If she can do all of these things, I hope that she is an inspiration to motivate all of our young people to think out of the box, step out of their comfort zone and do something amazing.

Baxter Black: Only take a minute

In my travels I have been on lots of family farms where the whole family is involved in the work. During calving season it is not uncommon for the “rancher” to allow his wife to take the 10 p.m. heifer check.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Thinking fruit

It must be the spring-like weather or something, but I have been hungry for fruit lately.

From Pipi's Pasture: Stock Show memories

It’s been nearly 50 years (gasp!) since I exhibited steers at the National Western. Since then I have kept in touch with it through our grandchildren, Kenny and Megan Prather. I know that there have been lots of changes since I was a junior exhibitor and know that more changes are being planned to expand the facility.

Tim Douglas: Comfort and peace

As I reflect over this past year there has been an overwhelming theme of evil, pain and loss in our world, nation and community in 2014. So what does one do to deal with the pain of loss?

Mike Littwin: Help wanted in Hillaryland

The unannounced 2016 Democratic Party frontrunner needs a running mate who isn't at all like Hillary Clinton.

Prather’s Pick: A memoir about being HIV positive and bullied

This week’s book is written for young adults, but older readers will learn a lot from reading it, too. “Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World” is a memoir, written by Paige Rawl, with Ali Benjamin. The foreward to the book was written by Jay Asher.

Senior Spotlight: Small acts of kindness

These are changing times we live in and many ways more challenging than days gone by. We have resources available allowing us to live more comfortably and helping to see what is ahead.

Stephanie Pearce: The American Dream, Part 4

This is my last in a series on the American Dream. Just to be clear, I had titled the columns “The American Dream” and the editorial staff added the examining Common Core to the column. This lesson plan was found online at Coreknowledge.org under Colorado Lesson Plans, History and Geography, Capitalism and Socialism.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Betty Ann’s pie crust

I hope that you’re all enjoying Mary Burnett’s “Taco Soup” (Jan. 10 column). Mary called to tell me that the person who makes the soup can choose the amount of olives to put in the soup — even none if the person so desires. Thanks again for the recipe, Mary.