If you’re like me, you have a tough choice to make regarding the mayoral and city council races in April. A host of quality candidates for the council and mayoral positions means, hopefully, that residents will get a wide array of ideas for improving our town. I’ve been a fan of city council this past term and think that they have made sound decisions based on the realities of our circumstances under the pesky, micromanagement of state and federal officials. Too often local control ends up being reaction to laws, regulations and policies that are mandated upon localities.
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.
Students reading through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” are confused about his jail time for not having a parade permit. How times have changed, is my real and honest explanation. Teachers extol the virtues of researching issues, being informed and settling differences peacefully through discussion and debate and I am constantly reminding students that, “just because you listen, doesn’t automatically mean that you agree.”
Each week begins with students listing events and news from the past week that is worth discussing in class. Student-driven news and event selection might be a little frightening for some teachers, especially with teenagers, but solid parameters make the process very dependable and enlightening. Students are interested in the world around them and are very engaged, but it’s the depth of their engagement that requires a teacher’s touch.
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.
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.
Usually the type of winds we experienced early this week blow, by definition, at the end of the winter season. Such is not the case in 2017, and you have to admit that waking up to a 40-degree temperature on Monday morning was not altogether disappointing. After the freezer we were in for the last week, it was refreshing to be able to go outside without the three or four layers of winter clothing.
Last January, I wrote about how 2016 would be a year to, “Quit thinking you can control everything, lower your expectations of people, and prepare yourself for the realities of life.” I thought that being a bit more rational about the state of humanity might do us all better last year. Well, you have to admit that 2016 was quite a year and one that we will remember for a long time.
If you had a dime for every column you are going to read about the year ahead; you might have enough for an overpriced cup of coffee from Starbucks (but, it’s so good!). I’m hazarding a guess, but I think if you are reading this column you are half expecting me to whip out my not-so-subtle support of conservatism in general and the policies that make Moffat County sustainable in the year to come and you would be right!
As 2016 comes to a frenzied close, people all over the country concern themselves with how the United States will ever survive the next four years under the dictatorship of a mega-billionaire, xenophobic president. Notwithstanding the last eight years of unprecedented ideological, regulatory ransacking of the constitution by the most “tolerant” president in American history.