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Sextiped Valley column: Where will any of us live in 2027?

February 15, 2019 — This week the Post Independent had an article about the growing deficit of affordable housing for even the middle class, and the grim prognosis for 2027. That's only eight years from now. Last month, the sad destruction of five mountain lions in West Glenwood captured

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Micek column: Trump makes predatory lending great again

February 10, 2019 — Here's another reminder that, when it comes to the Trump administration, it's more important to watch what the White House does than what it says. The payday lending industry scored a huge win when the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed to weaken Obama-administration rules

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Thiessen column: Great nations don’t quit wars before they prevail

February 10, 2019 — "Great nations do not fight endless wars," President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, "I do not support the idea of endless war." Just

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Conservation Conversations column: Putting the Colorado Water Plan to work on the Western Slope

February 9, 2019 — The Colorado Water Plan marked its three-year anniversary in November of 2018. Developed in response to an executive order from Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado's Water Plan answers the questions of how to implement water supply planning solutions that meet Colorado's future water needs while supporting healthy

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Guzzardi column: Small classrooms a fantasy in LA

February 5, 2019 — If any reader can describe a more comic-tragic state than Los Angeles Unified School District teachers demanding smaller classroom sizes when their union, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), vigorously supports unlimited immigration, please contact me at the email listed below. Last month, striking

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It’s About Time column: Some information about the Navy’s time at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs

February 5, 2019 — A writer never knows if the words he puts on paper will connect with readers. For me, I often question if I'm genuinely in the flow, in the zone or on point. Will the spark I felt inspire anyone else to read the space I

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Thiessen column: Schultz is calling Democrats out for how radical their party has become

February 3, 2019 — WASHINGTON — Democrats are furious at former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz for announcing that he may launch an independent campaign for president. They fear he will split the anti-Trump opposition and help re-elect the president. But what angers them even more is that Schultz

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Food column: Vegan mac and cheese

February 1, 2019 — (Editor's note: The Post Independent introduces a new bi-weekly food column and recipe today from local contributor Jordan Callier, to be included as part of our new Saturday Food section. Enjoy!) — Eating vegan is more of a lifestyle than a choice, and it is

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Funt column: Kamala Harris tests CNN’s campaign

January 31, 2019 — CNN's "Town Hall" Monday night, featuring fast-rising Sen. Kamala Harris, was moderately helpful in assessing the California freshman's presidential candidacy, but far more useful in evaluating what television must do in the critically important 2020 race. Host Jake Tapper promised that this would be the

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Will column: Klobuchar could break Minnesota’s president losing streak

January 31, 2019 — WASHINGTON — Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats' 2020 presidential nomination is already known: "Beto," aka Robert Francis, O'Rourke is a skateboarding man-child whose fascination with himself caused him to live-stream a recent dental appointment for — open-wide, please — teeth cleaning. His journal

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Superintendent’s corner: Films illustrate why we should champion reason over emotion

January 30, 2019 — I'm delighted that two musicals have been nominated as finalists for the Academy Awards this year: Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born. I'm all for superhero movies, but rather than the epic clash between good and evil, it's great to see movies spotlighting the

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CMC column: Reaching even greater heights

January 30, 2019 — Every January, we celebrate the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, remembering what he believed and taught us: respect, tolerance, and civility. At Colorado Mountain College, we carry on that work as we strive to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusivity in

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Reagan column: President Ocasio-Cortez? No chance

January 28, 2019 — Here's a scary political thought for all Americans. If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were old enough, and American voters were stupid enough, she could be elected president next year. "AOC" — as the rookie House member from New York City has been nicknamed — is only 28,

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Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

January 24, 2019 — WASHINGTON — Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he — more than the sturdy, substantial elephant

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Toussaint column: Slavery should be illegal – even among federal workers

January 24, 2019 — I work without pay. I don't get paid for writing this column, or for much of my other writing, or for the artwork I donate to local causes. That's called volunteering. I volunteer because I can. I'm retired and able to pay my bills with

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Parker column: Reality checks in with congressional fresh(wo)men

January 21, 2019 — WASHINGTON — As the new freshman class of congressional women bopped, hopped and doo-wopped into town, old sourpusses smirked — they'll meet reality soon enough. Actually, 'twas I who said this to herself. And, well, not to brag or anything. The gals were barely through

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Beaton column: Are we all Chavistas now?

January 17, 2019 — "We are all Keynesians now." — attributed to President Richard Nixon In the depths of the Great Depression, economist John Maynard Keynes theorized that the government could control business cycles through monetary and fiscal policies. Keynes was right to some extent. Lower taxes, higher government

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Polman column: If President Hillary Clinton had stormed out of a meeting…

January 14, 2019 — True news: Donald Trump storms out of a White House meeting after he doesn't get what he wants (billions of dollars for a fake crisis), and tells off congressional Democratic leaders by tweeting, "bye bye." His cultists duly applaud. Alternative news: President Hillary Clinton storms

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Conservation column: Ag Expo showcases Garfield County traditions

January 12, 2019 — Garfield County's rich agricultural history and traditions will be on display at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle on Saturday, Feb. 2, during the third annual Ag Expo event sponsored by the Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service,

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DeFrates column: What if we truly put teachers first?

January 8, 2019 — Almost 600,000 teachers in LA plan to strike tomorrow for a variety of reasons unrelated to pay. With class sizes ballooning, support staff evaporating, and expectations piling up, educators (and parents) across the country are starting to wonder when it will be their turn. Over

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