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Forget Me Not: Seeing Corky Covertson thrive

Last Valentine’s Day, I wrote a story about Ed and Corky Coverston’s love and how it’s guided them through a number of difficult hurdles — especially cancer. Corky was fighting breast cancer — the second type of cancer that has attacked her body — and she lost all of her hair due to chemotherapy. To show his love and support for his wife, Ed shaved his head.

Jonah Goldberg: GOP race hasn't stuck to the script

According to conventional wisdom, the GOP nominates the guy whose turn it is, while the Democrats look for a savior. As Bill Clinton once said, "In every presidential election, Democrats want to fall in love. Republicans just fall in line."

Mike Littwin: Obama maintains hope as threat of Trump looms

“Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, in what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?” — President Barack Obama

Lance Scranton: Trust the numbers?

We’re an untidy bunch, but along with the messiness comes a whole bunch of human complexity. Data proves this election cycle has been thrown out the window and the “experts” are scrambling to determine why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are so popular with primary voters. To the great majority of us, the answer is simple: for too long, too many politicians have taken advantage of the American voter.

Prather’s Pick: The real cowboy

On Monday, I had an absolutely delightful conversation with Claudia Grisenti, granddaughter of L.H. “Doc” Chivington, author of this week’s book. I was wondering about the “Doc” part of his name. Grisenti said it was a nickname — all cowboys had nicknames — but she doesn’t know how he got it.

History in Focus: George Lewis and a typhoon called ‘Cobra’

The majority of history is told by the living. However, the articles about the men from Moffat County who died during World War II are a chance for their stories to come alive. All too easily we lose the intensity of history. Events, life and death can quickly become a grey statistic in a book or history class. For the sake of our community and our local history it’s important to remember the very real lives of these men; lives that were filled with the bright colors of hopes and dreams. If not told, their unspoken voices threaten to fade away with the distance of time.

Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: 2016 legislative session starts Wednesday

Thank you for taking time to read “Under The Dome” again. In now my third year, I’m even more committed to the idea of keeping you informed and encouraging you to get more involved in Colorado government. If you can tear yourself away from 24 hours a day of cable TV coverage of the presidential primary, I think you’ll find that the Colorado legislature is not only interesting but can mess with your life and business in ways that you might only imagine. Your opinions, comments and feedback are appreciated (even if you disagree with me).

Thoughtful Parenting: The joy and benefit of play

Winter has arrived, and with the colder months now upon us, it’s a great time to enjoy the twinkly lights, celebrate the glistening snow and give back to your community.

Faith Column: Resolutions

Happy New Year! When writing this article, I always ask God to let me know what words and ideas He wants someone in the reading audience to be blessed by. I could not think of any themes this time and nothing came into my mind from Him so I asked my daughter, Faith, what subjects might be good. She suggested talking about New Year’s resolutions.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Thank you, 4-H!

Every now and then “From Pipi’s Pasture” devotes a column to 4-H and/or FFA work. That’s because I was a 4-H member for about 10 years. From the time I was 8 years old until I was 18, I was a member of the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club, along with other young people from the Hamilton, Morapos, Williams Fork, and surrounding areas.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Newspaper coverage to shift focus

This month, we invited our elected officials to Coffee and a Newspaper to hear about what kind of coverage they’d like to see in the paper. Several elected officials asked that we write more positive stories about what’s happening in our community. When good stuff happens, we do write stories and will continue to do so. But if we spent all our time writing about rainbows and butterflies, then we would not be living up to what our democracy has mapped out for us as journalist. It also would not be fair to our readers.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Big Short’ offers decent returns on investment

Society tends to take for granted the idea that the people in charge of the economy know what they’re doing and have the world’s best interests at heart. You don’t need a movie like “The Big Short” to tell you that’s not exactly the truth, but sometimes a point can’t be made enough times.

Judy Holland: Young kids and childcare

Though Americans continue to debate whether very young children should receive care and education outside the home, the reality is that people other than parents are caring for children for at least part of the day.

Janet Sheridan: Warm wishes, colorful blessings for new year

I have an unusual Christmas tradition. I watch for Cook Chevrolet’s annual newspaper ad: a list of events or circumstances that made the previous year a good one. For example, in 2014, the list included “We live in a beautiful place, surrounded by the nicest people in the world. Most of us have our good health. We slept inside last night. We ate yesterday, and we will eat again today.” The list finished with “The Broncos are in the playoffs.”

Prather’s Pick: A Tracy Whitney novel

Last week when I was browsing the new books at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, I was drawn to a book on display because I saw “Sidney Sheldon” printed on the cover in big letters. When I picked up the book I found that its title was “Sidney Sheldon’s Reckless.” The novel was written by Tilly Bagshawe. I have always enjoyed Sidney Sheldon’s novels because his plots were full of twists, his writing style was lively, and it was hard to put the novel down at the end of a single chapter. He was such a versatile writer that he received an Oscar, a Tony and an Edgar — and as far as I know, he was the only author to receive all three awards.