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Danielle Elkins: Stricter guns laws wouldn’t stop bad guys from getting guns

Whether gun violence is actually on the rise, we’re seeing more of it in the news than ever before, and with that comes an even greater division of the right and left about the place of guns in society — especially with a new president whose campaign was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

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Prather’s Pick: A resource of stories from around the world

This week’s book is a “must have” for parents — and for teachers too. It’s a resource book with a list of over 600 children’s book titles from around the world, all recommended by the author.

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Lance Scranton: The future of our students

This week our local high school is serving our community by raising money for various charities and good causes with various dress-up days throughout the week to muster up some midwinter spirit. The week will culminate in Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball hosting Roaring Fork and a Sadie Hawkins dance. Monday had girls dressing from the past and boys dressing from the future. As I was trying to figure out what to wear, the future theme got me thinking.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Children and trauma

No parent wants to believe his or her child has endured a traumatic experience.

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Jonah Goldberg: The science of intellectual tribalism

"David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump's science adviser." — Washington Post, Jan. 18. Um. Well, huh.

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From Pipi's Pasture: A calf with tag number 65

I remember when calf #65 was born. According to the calving record book it was April 9, 2016. I wasn’t expecting my 20-year-old-plus cow, Ucky, to calve last year. I figured that she was too old. Wrong!

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Over a Cup of Coffee: More mincemeat

This week’s mincemeat recipes were contributed by Pat Pearce, of Craig. She found them in a recipe box belonging to Claudia Pearce, her mother-in-law. It is interesting to note that some of the old recipes use “mince meat,” two words rather than “mincemeat” that is used today.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2016

Each year, hundreds of movies hit theaters — some awful, most mediocre and a select few features that will be remembered for years to come. Without too much fanfare, here are the top 10 movies of 2016 as selected by The Bock’s Office.

Across the Street: Betsy DeVos deserves a fair chance

Members of Congress began confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees this month. Regrettably, some lawmakers — spurred on by K Street lobbyists, public smear campaigns, and the media — signaled their intent to sink some of the appointments even before the gavel called these sessions to order. Coloradans, like all Americans, deserve better from their national representatives. And Betsy DeVos deserves a fair and timely confirmation hearing.

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Danielle Elkins: Trump takes the reins Friday

Friday is the day. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the new president of the United States of America.

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Mike Littwin: Coffman, bobbing and weaving, ducking and running, has gone viral again

Mike Coffman is now the national poster boy for Republican panic over those protesting the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare.

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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.