No one should lack a safe, stable home

Do people choose to become homeless? Seeing homelessness firsthand makes me believe that people don't always choose to be homeless. Sometimes life changes for the worse. People end up in bad...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

No budget, no pay

The people of the 3rd District want Congress to pass a responsible budget that cuts spending, protects and strengthens programs like Medicare and Social Security, and ensures that our troops have...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Wildfire prevention is first priority

As we begin the 113th Congress, I'm incredibly honored to have earned the trust of the people of the 3rd Congressional District and to serve as their representative for a second term. During my...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Take care of our own backyard

We live in a magical place in a not-so-magical time. Those who are born and live their lives under western skies accept the wide open expanses of land as the norm. Those who travel here from...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Let us seek the good in our community

I am writing in response to David Allen and Willson Bloch, who have advocated that we write some letters with positive messages. I have lived on my three acres of land down McElmo Canyon for 20...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Considerable effort and lots of dollars

One of the topics much discussed in the media and among friends is mental health of the offender. So here we go again. The subject has been raised in each of the incidents since the University of...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Impaired driving and our community

Since 1981, December has been recognized as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This presidential proclamation raises awareness of, and seeks to prevent, the acts of drunk driving, drugged...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Fiscal cliff politics

We've all become cliff dwellers, clinging to the rocky face while, above us, President Obama and Congressional Republicans are locked in an embrace heading toward the precipice which will plunge...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

The role of Adult Protective Services — an overview

Abuse, neglect, and exploitation involving at-risk adults is a growing problem in the United States, and Colorado is no exception. To help deal with this problem, each county department of human...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Don’t let the locals fall off the cliff

There is little time left before the nation hits the so-called “fiscal cliff.” President Obama and the lame duck Congress have an unprecedented number of issues to address—including some which...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Fear not the ‘fiscal cliff’

The so-called “fiscal cliff” is the confluence of three separate legal events on January 1, 2013: expiration of a temporary payroll tax cut, expiration of the so-called “Bush” income and estate tax...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

The deafening sound of a dying forest

The sound of a dying forest is deafening! You can literally hear the beetles gnawing the wood. You can hear the roar of the raging fires as they explode up the hillside. You can hear the crash of...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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