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Excellent column, Lance, absolutely perfect. You should have a school-wide assembly and read this to them, and ask for a show of hands from those who can relate while you're reading it. Let them know this is how all the teachers feel(hopefully), and you all are here to help. You may not get a huge response, but a few is better than none. Being able to help even one kid is worth it. I still remember the 7th grade teacher that turned my perspective around, and even though he's gone now, I'll never forget him.
Such a sad loss for the family, and also for the officers who pulled him out of the house. Sympathies and prayers for everyone involved.
Mr. Brinks: The rest of the community DOES realize the kind of leadership they will be missing. The question is, does the board realize it? I have no doubt Mr. Ellgen will perform his new duties admirably, but I also have no doubt this transition could have been handled in a more courteous and professional manner.
My heart breaks for your friend...and you.
Our ELECTED commissioners continually seem to be oblivious to the people they are here to SERVE.
Excellent piece, Editorial Board. Well said.
Amen to that...please NO
Thanks for the column, Neal. Reminded me of my first (and last) experience riding busboy trays down a ski slope and oddly enough, there was a Canadian in mine, too, a couple of 'em. Mine took place at Snowbird a couple years after it opened, and there was law enforcement involved then, also. We were all staying at The Cliff Lodge, and late one night, we were antsy and bored (we shoulda been asleep), so we swiped some trays and hiked ourselves up to the top of the chairlift out the backdoor of the lodge, plopped our butts down and let 'er rip. That was the fastest, most exhilarating and terrifying ride I've ever had...and ever will have! The run we went down ended at the storage lot for the grooming equipment and there was a big, heavy chain across the entrance. We laid low like lugers and shot under that chain with just inches to spare. God must've been smiling on us because none of us got decapitated, or plowed into a Thiokol. We did, however, make enough noise on our way down that the local constabulary was alerted and waiting for us when we got to the bottom. After telling us how stupid we were, they threatened us with parental notification and ski-pass revocation, which had the desired effect. The adrenaline rush instantly evaporated and we swore not to do it again. We didn't know which would've been worse...losing our ski passes...or our parents finding out. Either option made decapitation look good!
It's been almost forty years since that night, and your column brought it all back. Thank for the memories, dude. You made me smile...and that's a good gift for Christmas!
Just an FYI - check out an article in the Boulder Daily Camera that I just read online. It says six Front Range plants will be closed by 2017, and the Hayden plant and the one near Brush will have pollution controls put in place, not be closed. Nothing said about Tri-State. If this is true, it's good news in that it looks like people working Hayden and Craig plants will still have a job to go to.
I just hope that bear had a belly full of calf (the "moo" kind) when it was killed after being woken up in its hibernation den. That would be the only justifiable reason to kill it, especially in the manner it was taken. No tracking, no hunting...just follow the visible paw prints in the snow to where it's sleeping and pop, pop, all gone. Don't even have to think or break a sweat to do that. The picture of the bear half in, half out of his den is appalling. That's not hunting, that's just killing because you can. I get that when they come down out of the mountains and take livestock, they have to be dealt with. They are killing a rancher's livelihood. Which is not to say we don't set them up to do it when we move farther into what has always been seen as their habitat, and then have a free meal graze right in their front yard. Kind of a "no win" situation for all concerned. But that still doesn't justify Kendall killing a sleeping bear just so he can say "hot damn, I killed it. Look at this great trophy!" Where is the character in that?
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