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Semro column: The battle over Medicaid

July 18, 2018 — Here's something to think about before November. Even though candidate Trump promised to defend Medicaid and protect its funding, his administration in partnership with 13 states, controlled by Republican governors and state legislatures, are waging a not-so-covert war on that program. And that effort is

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Guest Opinion: An oil shale action plan for the 21st century

July 15, 2018 — Public discussion of oil shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming has been on the back burner for some time. Many of us are old enough to remember Black Sunday — the day in 1982 when Exxon shut down the Colony Oil Shale Project. No

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Mulhall column: Of Chicken Valdostana and today’s political discourse

July 12, 2018 — In 2002, the late Charles Krauthammer wrote, "To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil." You get a sense of what Krauthammer meant in the recent story about Sarah

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Goldberg: Our strange relationship with the word ‘patriotism’ (column)

July 9, 2018 — There are many definitions of patriotism. Mark Twain said patriotism means supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. I like this, but it’s flawed. Sometimes your country — i.e., the people — can do things that require the government

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Stroud column: Something in the air reminds me of this day in 1994

July 5, 2018 — A smoke plume rises to the south of Glenwood Springs over the Lake Christine Fire, and I can't help but be eerily reminded of another large column of smoke that suddenly appeared above town two dozen years ago to this day. Indeed, I will never

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Sundin column: Immigrants have come knocking for many reasons

July 4, 2018 — The United States is a country that has been built by immigrants. But from the very beginning immigrants have seldom been welcomed by those who were here before them. It is highly unlikely that the influx of increasing numbers of people from the British Isles

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Essay: Annapolis’ heartbreak is all of ours

July 3, 2018 — No way the paper would come out the next day, my family told each other Thursday night. At 2:43 p.m. a gunman had raged into the offices of our hometown newspaper, killing five people. I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, where my mother still lives.

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It’s About Time: Have we forgotten?

July 3, 2018 — Perhaps it was rash to make such a promise: "We will never forget." If you are new to the area or too young to remember, let me explain. The town of Glenwood Springs promised that it would never forget the deaths of 14 firefighters who

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Guest column: Colorado River Basin agriculture under stress

July 1, 2018 — As the Southwest keeps getting hotter and drier, people who rely on the Colorado River and its tributaries for their livelihoods are facing the prospect of having to make due with less water. The impacts of reduced supplies will play out differently in different parts

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Parker column: Worst fears allayed, but rhetoric still matters

June 30, 2018 — COLUMBIA, S.C. — It was far too easy to assume the worst – that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass. When news broke Thursday afternoon that a shooter had opened fire in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom, more than a few minds converged on the

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Guest column: Let’s make those who choose against suicide the heroes

June 30, 2018 — Recently, new information was released about the steady increase in suicide across our country. Suicides have increased significantly, and I know we all are concerned. There are many great suicide awareness campaigns and prevention methods currently being deployed in Colorado, and yet my observation is

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Woodworkers grow up with Downtown Market

June 25, 2018 — We are officially in summer time now, and on the summer solstice I was feeling so grateful. Grateful to live somewhere with seasonality, an active and vibrant community that makes our little market possible, and really grateful for the market and our vendors. Last Tuesday,

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June is Men’s Health Month

June 25, 2018 — June is a time for celebrating the men in our lives. In addition to Father's Day, June is designated as the Month of Men's Health to raise awareness about preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Statistics

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Candidate guest column: Diane Mitsch Bush

June 24, 2018 — Editor's note: The Post Independent is running a series of guest columns from the three Democrats seeking the nomination in Tuesday's primary election to run for the 3rd District Congressional seat. Saturday's installment was Arn Menconi, Sunday's was Karl Hanlon, and today we hear from

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Candidate guest column: Karl Hanlon

June 24, 2018 — Editor's note: The Post Independent is running a series of guest columns from the three Democrats seeking the nomination in Tuesday's primary election to run for the 3rd District Congressional seat. Saturday's installment was Arn Menconi, followed by Karl Hanlon today and Diane Mitsch Bush

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Candidate guest column: Arn Menconi

June 22, 2018 — Editor's note: The Post Independent is running a series of guest columns from the three Democrats seeking the nomination in Tuesday's primary election to run for the 3rd District Congressional seat. Saturday it's Arn Menconi, followed by Karl Hanlon on Sunday and Diane Mitsch Bush

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Parker column: Inhumanity rules the border

June 17, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you're a stickler for obedience to rules

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Beaton column: How I went from Marxism to conservatism

June 14, 2018 — As an impressionable 17-year-old in 1973, I enrolled in Engineering School at the University of Colorado in Boulder. It was the end of the Vietnam protests and the start of streaking. I did a little of both. I did it because it seemed cool. Chicks

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Meet Lynette Lacerda, GOP candidate for Garfield County Clerk & Recorder

June 3, 2018 — My name is Lynette Lacerda. I was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. I have lived in Colorado for 12 years and nine of those years in Garfield County. Inspired by my Mom's consistent seeds of encouragement throughout my life, I am running for

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Meet Bonnie McLean, GOP candidate for Garfield County Clerk & Recorder

June 3, 2018 — When I was asked to run for Garfield County Clerk and Recorder I had a very limited knowledge of what the clerk's duties were. Initially, many of my friends told me that I was overqualified. I also had some misgivings, but as I have learned

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