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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: The state of the economy

The House Financial Services Committee recently received our biannual update on the state of the economy from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. This update could not have come at a more important time.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Children and domestic violence

A simple question parents often ask is, “What does my child need?” Children need a home that is safe and loving and free of violence and parents who protect them. Home should provide a sense of stability, with comfort and support.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: A cow Is delighted when…

Awhile back my sister Charlotte Allum, of Fort Collins, called me with an idea for “Pipi’s Pasture.” She suggested that I write about cows’ moods. I’m thinking about it, though it might be a challenging assignment — perhaps even for an animal psychologist. But, I’m working on it.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A surprise casserole

First of all, I’d like to thank all of the readers who sent letters and called with recipes for mincemeat. There hasn’t been enough room in the column to print all of the recipes I received, but I’m setting some of them aside until Thanksgiving and Christmas 2017.

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Mike Littwin: The first question is not why Flynn was fired, but why he was ever hired

Let’s be clear about the latest bit of chaos from the dysfunctional — that’s John McCain’s description — Trump White House. The real Mike Flynn scandal was not the one that led the national security adviser to be fired. The scandal is that he was ever hired.

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'Passionate intensity' has brought about political consequences

Some of the things Trump has done to turn the page on politics-as-usual are probably good, and some are obviously bad. The problem with a bull in a china shop is that he doesn't discriminate between the lousy dishware and the good stuff. More importantly, what distinguishes the lousy from the luxury is in the eye of the beholder.

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Lance Scranton: What is love?

Definitions run the gamut but this is the week that we celebrate love with flowers, chocolate, cards, favors and functions. For what do we have if love isn’t the cornerstone of how we live our lives? Unfortunately, love has become a word with many definitions, usually lived out as we individually see fit. Maybe those who have gone before us have some insight on one of the most powerful, and explosive words that we tend to throw around like candy.

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Prather's Pick: A novel about racism

I have just finished reading “Small Great Things,” a novel written by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. She is a genius at crafting novels so that the reader cannot put her books down, and then the message is often haunting.

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Thoughtful Parenting: February National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that cavities are the most common childhood disease? The good news is that cavities are almost 100 percent preventable.

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History in Focus: Sam Havenga and the moon over Salerno

As the first man from Craig to die in World War II in Salerno, Italy, Sam Havenga heralded the sacrifice Craig would suffer during World War II. Sam didn’t appear to have the making of a soldier, but like so many of his generation, World War II demanded he take part in the gruesome carnage.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Feeding top bales

During a good part of the winter, we feed small, rectangular bales (we feed round bales a little later). Lyle loads the bales on a 4-wheeler-pulled trailer, drives them out to the feedlot, and scatters them around the lot — two trailer loads. My job is to cut the strings and spread the hay out (as much as possible when there are bunches of cows pushing each other around the bales).

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A Valentine’s Day treat

Janine Rinker of Craig sent in the first of this week’s recipes with a note that it is “a favorite Valentine’s Day treat.” Crisom Crumble Bars will be a pretty treat for Valentine’s Day with its cranberry ingredient. Thanks, Janine!

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Faith Column: Martin Luther's influence on Christianity

Faith Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and this year, 2017, we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation.

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Ending suicide goal of new program in western Colorado

Mental health provider Mind Springs Health has joined state and national Zero Suicide initiatives that offer tools to end suicide. “Zero Suicide embraces the critically important, fundamental idea that suicide is preventable,” said Executive Vice President of Mind Springs Health Michelle Hoy.

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Danielle Elkins: Body shaming is shameful

Recently singer Lady Gaga has been under social media’s scrutiny for her figure during her Super Bowl halftime performance. Critics took to Twitter, shaming Gaga and suggesting that she wasn’t in perfect shape for her performance.