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Ah, poor Texans. And we thought Hurricane Harvey was a disaster. Oh, dear. As Coloradans, we know the fear of winter heat loss, frozen pipes, then water damage when the pipes thaw.
This doesn’t feel like the second week of the session, or even the third if you count those three days in January. More bills have been introduced in a shorter time than would happen in a typical year.
No, the required number of of Senators, 67, did not find you guilty, Mr. Trump, of inciting the riot at our Capitol building and attempting to subvert the peaceful transition of power to the new administration. A total of seven Republican Senators joined the 50 Democratic Senators who all vo…
On Jan. 28, The New York Times posted an article by Nicholas Kristof called “A Letter to My Conservative Friends.” It opens with, “This is an open letter to some of my old friends and neighbors who believe that Donald Trump won re-election, who think that face masks are for wimps and who fea…
In October, candidate Biden said, “There are certain things you can’t do by executive action unless you’re a dictator.” Biden and aides, including top White House economists, have said that they believe executive actions are pale substitutes for legislative actions.
As America seats Biden, a collective concern is felt amongst conservatives. Once their happy dance is over, I expect that Democrat voters will wake up to some sobering results. Basically, the election was a 50-50 race across America. There is no mandate for the agenda being pushed by the Lef…
I try not to get into a lot of back and forth discussions in these articles because I recognize we all have the right to our own opinions on issues and we each come from different backgrounds. However, I do feel obligated to respond to what Louise Peterson (no relation) wrote in the Democrat…
Most of us have viewed at least short videos of Trump’s rousing speech followed by the destructive protest at the United States Capitol building last Wednesday afternoon. As Congress was accepting the certified votes of each state’s electors, a group of Trump supporters marched the six block…
It always amazes me that many people think Trump supporters are not able to think for themselves. There are many topics of conversation that we can disagree on, but there are very sound minds and well educated people on both sides of these arguments.
In a recent Monmouth University survey, 77 percent of Trump backers said Joe Biden had won the presidential election because of fraud. Many of these same people think climate change is not real. Many of these same people believe they don’t need to listen to scientific experts on how to preve…
If you went to school in the 50s or 60s, the names Squanto and Samoset probably ring a bell with you. You most likely didn’t hear anything about this in the news last month, but November marked the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in what is now Massachusetts. Hunters and fi…
Most of us can agree that we have elected a new U.S. President: Joe Biden and his VP Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021. Still, over 70 million Americans voted for Donald Trump, the second most votes won by a presidential candidate. That is a huge number of my fellow citize…
As I write this, it appears the election is over, but it remains to be seen what will become of all the legal challenges. I thought Mr. Biden gave a good speech and appreciated his call for unity, but let’s take a look at how this compares to a couple of other recent elections.
I spoke last week about the wave of violence plaguing our nation and suggested it is the front wave of a revolution. Even those on the left who aren’t participating in the riots are trying to delete heroes from our history and radically alter the values of our society. Some are calling it th…
I sent the following email to everyone in my contacts list. If you feel as I do that our American way of life is threatened by the current presidential administration, then we all must communicate any way we can, we must protect our voting process, and we must elect Joe Biden to take over du…
The year I was born, 1951, only 2.5 billion people inhabited our planet. Today we are approaching 7.8 billion people. This is truly the greatest challenge we face to our survival.
Well, these continue to be interesting times with no end in sight. As I write this, a pro-police rally down at the capitol is being interrupted by a group demanding the police departments be defunded. For almost three months now, people have been demanding their voices be heard and their rig…
The second session of the 72nd General Assembly is in the books. A little after 5 p.m. on June 15, it was “Turn out the lights – the party’s over” on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives. After a testy and historic 84 day session, the House adjourned sine die (from the Latin “w…
In my last article, I spoke at length about our voting process in Colorado and presented concerns about an attempt to do mail-in ballots nationwide without having the proper procedures and staff in place.
In last week’s “Democratically Speaking” column, two things were mentioned that caught my eye. One was that Republicans didn’t create the coronavirus but have tried to weaponize it against voters. The other was that Republicans don’t want everyone to vote. That first one is wrong but the sec…
Facts are not partisan. An internet meme states that 12,649 Americans died during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, while Barak Obama was president and Joe Biden was his Vice President. In all, 60.8 million Americans were infected, with 274,000 serious enough to require hospitalization.
A couple of weeks ago I informed you of one of the major concerns with the Legislature adjourning for the coronavirus. Both chambers passed HJR 20-1006 “Concerning a request to the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado to render its opinion upon a question regarding section 7 of article V o…
It’s been very interesting to watch the news coverage of this pandemic. Many of the outlets were very quick to condemn the President when he almost immediately put travel restrictions on people coming from China on Jan. 31.
I am writing this edition here at home where I can see the antique regulator clock on the wall. The pendulum swings back and forth, ticking off the seconds of another day. I realize, in spite of all mankind’s efforts to control and or predict it, time keeps moving on.
COVID-19 is a real threat here in Colorado, the U.S. and the world. The last major pandemic in the U.S. occurred from April 2009 until April 2010, when A/H1N1 (the Swine Flu) came to the U.S. via Mexico.
A friend shared an interesting online post with me over the weekend. It read “If COVID-19 forces Planned Parenthood to be closed for two weeks, the virus will have saved more lives than it has taken.”
Capitol Bill Watch: There were 564 total, up from 537 last year in the House there were 360 bills and in the Senate, 204 bills. There were 33 signed into law and 33 postponed indefinitely and 98 bills killed.
Colorado’s explosive growth makes the 2020 Census more important than ever. Because of our growth, Colorado has a good chance of picking up an additional Congressional district.
President Trump is very proud of his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he and Cory Gardner should remember the words of the first President of post-Soviet Russia, Boris Yeltsin:
I have become aware of another new bill in the legislature. This is HB-1011 and is titled “Helping Others Manage Early Childhood Act.” Here is a small portion of the intent: “The (public awareness) campaign must be implemented in each county and target family, friends, neighbors, families wh…
It has been good to see some comments on my recent writings, even when they don’t agree with me. The purpose of these articles is to get people thinking and talking, so that’s good. I would like to point out that I never said anyone was above the law; I’m simply one of millions of Americans,…
Wow -- What a first week of the second session of the 72nd General Assembly! A lot of “Pomp and Circumstance” was packed into the first two days. However, as I like to say, there was a lot more pomp and very little circumstance to be had in those 48 hours!
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley testified at the House Judiciary impeachment hearing, and was asked about actions taken by previous Presidents. His professional opinion is that each of these would be considered an impeachable offense given the wide latitude now bei…
Why do 70 percent of Americans support the single payer, universal healthcare system known as Medicare for All (Reuters–Ipsos survey, August 2018)? Partly because the current system is broken, but also because a growing number of people see healthcare as a human right.
This Week's Mountain Guide
- Campout for the Cause cancels 2020 festival near Buena Vista
- High school sports grind to a halt
- Fairplay Board of Trustees approves electric vehicle charging station
- Flattening the curve
- Gov. orders bars, restaurants closed
- Town of Buena Vista closing offices, town hall
- Walk-in closure for Sangre de Cristo Electric Association
- Lariat cancels this weekend's live entertainment
- Buena Vista school district closing facilities for 2 weeks
- 9Health Fair is cancelled due to coronavirus
- Arrest made in 1982 double-homicide
- Abandoned body found in casket
- Park County artist wins contest
- Park County Sheriff’s Blotter
- Annual Remembrance for Nate Carrigan well-attended
- Food Stamp applications increase dramatically
- Park County Sheriff’s Blotter
- NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
- Short term rental fee set at $605
- Carrigan remembrance set for Feb. 26
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