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DeFrates column: Is that an opinion, or just a ‘prefact’?

May 19, 2018 — Merriam Webster's dictionary opened its arms to a host of new words in 2016: Aughties, snain, glitten and jockumentary being among my favorite. Look 'em up. Although some of us, myself often included, are resistant to new vocabulary that was not present on our third

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Guest Opinion: Strengthened diplomacy the better path to nuclear-free world

May 12, 2018 — The recent United States breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the "Iran Deal" as it is colloquially known — is incredibly dangerous and demonstrates once again that the Trump Administration cannot be trusted to live up to America's international obligations. Rather

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Mulhall column: Unholy ground of socialism still soiled

May 10, 2018 — In 2009, a former vice presidential candidate who did a brief stint as Alaska governor and bears a striking resemblance to Tina Fey leveled a criticism on Facebook against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). She said our elderly and disabled "will have

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Guest Opinion: Legislators should have studied universal health care

May 9, 2018 — In April, key Democratic state legislators blocked the Health Care Cost Analysis Act from joining the more than 700 active bills this legislative session. House Speaker Crisanta Duran, in a form response also signed by the bill's sponsor, wrote to concerned citizens that they'd decided

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Guest Opinion: Rebuilding America’s rural infrastructure

May 8, 2018 — Some people remember when many rural households didn't have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there's still lots of room for improvement. In fact, our American infrastructure used to be the envy of the world, but now it's in

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Guest Opinion: Let’s invest in our water future

May 3, 2018 — You can't make liquor without water. That is why the team at Carbondale's Marble Distilling Co. sees it as our job to take care of this essential ingredient. As local business owners, we also feel a responsibility to support protection of the rivers that make

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Jankovsky column: A sensible solution to stabilize state’s insurance market

April 28, 2018 — Garfield County residents and Coloradoans across the state are struggling with ever-increasing health insurance costs, which have reached exorbitant levels on the individual market and are getting worse every year. According to the Colorado Division of Insurance, the issue is being felt regardless of zip

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Toussaint column: No ‘away,’ but there is Western Slope Recycling

April 26, 2018 — Our handyman, Tim, warned us we'd have to pay a fee when he took our defunct microwave "away" to the dump. That worried me, because in environmental terms, there's no such place as "away." The earth is a closed loop system. Because so little can

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Launch the new season at Bicycle Fest on Friday

April 25, 2018 — Bicycling season has begun again in Glenwood Springs. Cyclists can get tuned up for riding at Launch-the-season Bicycle Fest, from 4-6 p.m. this Friday at Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood Springs. Bicycle mechanics will be on hand with quick-check bicycle adjustments and tune-up suggestions. The

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Bethel column: DDA’s alley revitalization strategy moves forward

April 24, 2018 — The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a tax-funded district in downtown Glenwood Springs. Revenues earmarked to the DDA are used exclusively for downtown vitalization. The board wishes to continue to share our progress and projects in the works with a monthly article. This is the

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DeFrates column: Dear media, stop reporting gossip as news

April 23, 2018 — I have eavesdropped on hundreds of hours of gossip in my adult lifetime. Possibly thousands. It is, unfortunately, an occupational hazard of teaching middle school. As adolescents, we all struggled to find our place in a complex social society, testing norms and often seeking out

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Habitat column: HB 1195 offers new incentives to support affordable home ownership

April 20, 2018 — "Because of this house, I have an amazing bright future for myself and for my children." Angel Meza is sitting on the front porch of the home she bought with an affordable mortgage from Habitat for Humanity and reflecting on how the stability of becoming

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Beaton column: Rest in peace, Galvin

April 19, 2018 — "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too damn much room." — T-shirt worn by John Galvin, Mountain Rescue Aspen Back when I was a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen, it was months before I realized that "Galvin" was not his first

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Guest Opinion: If not for local journalists, who would be writing these stories?

April 16, 2018 — To anyone who follows the news, it would appear the industry itself is under attack. Whether claims of "fake news" leveled by the president or cuts to already lean newsrooms, newspapers and media organizations are now in the rare position of making headlines. The most

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Guest Opinion: A free, fair press is essential to democracy — especially in small towns

April 15, 2018 — It has been said that in the age of the internet, we must become our own editors. We must learn how to question, challenge and analyze all the information bombarding us daily. In Colorado's mountain communities, however, we are fortunate. We still have local resources

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Planning for drought, or planning for a drier future?

April 14, 2018 — Looking up at the Grand Mesa from Grand Junction in early April, it's good to see snow on its flanks. For too much of this past winter, they have been bare. Skiers felt the pain of the dry winter early; fish and ranchers will feel

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Guest column: Protect American ideas through trade

April 11, 2018 — We take for granted that the "ordinary" things we use every day are in fact extraordinary inventions and breakthroughs that took years of investment, work, and commitment to bring to life. Among these are the technologies that allow you to watch a movie on a

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Guest Opinion: Spending more wisely — not just spending more — is the key to better health care

April 10, 2018 — We all hear regularly that our health care system is broken. Costs are out of control. Premium prices are beyond the pocketbooks of many families. People aren't getting the treatments they need. And our overall health isn't improving. With health insurance premiums on the rise

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Cepeda column: You don’t have to speak Spanish to be Latino

April 8, 2018 — CHICAGO — Way to guilt-trip me about my parenting choices, Pew Research Center! According to their newest report on language acquisition, 85 percent of Latino parents say they speak Spanish to their children, but only 71 percent of U.S.-born Latino parents with at least one

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Cepeda column: Why does the media ignore when bad things happen to black people?

April 5, 2018 — The irony of the diverse and wide-ranging #neveragain movement to reduce gun violence is that — even as it has captured the nation's attention — it has underscored racial stereotypes about victims and survivors. Why did the country have what countless media commentators called "a

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