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Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act should address ‘vaping’

A disturbing public health trend has been reported in recent months: 26 percent of Colorado’s high school students have used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days, which is double the national average. … more

Somehow, tiny dog can occupy whole heart

A reader said she had a fever. “And the only prescription is more dachshund.” I asked her what she meant, but I already knew. “It’s the news,” she said. “The news is getting me down. I … more

Happy ... thankful ... both are there for giving

The two words just kind of go together don’t they? “Happy” and “Thankful.” Usually, when one of us is feeling happy, there is someone else or something that has brought us to that point of … more

Editorial: Taking time to talk produces a deeper understanding

Almost a year ago, we launched Time to Talk, an in-depth look at the state of mental health in Douglas County. The series has explored the effects of mental illness on law enforcement, youth, moms, … more

Getting in the true spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday

With the Thanksgiving holiday only a couple of weeks away, it is probably time to start thinking about all of the people in our lives who we are so grateful for and who we appreciate so very much. … more

Holiday bludgeon can lead to high dudgeon

It is the first of November. I am braced for what is about to happen, against my wishes and against my will. My belief is that it comes earlier every year as an antidote to reality, as a form of … more

Thanksgiving is good time to share crucial information

Thanksgiving is a special time to gather around family and friends and count your blessings. Enjoy the crisp air and delicious food, and make new (and remember old) memories. Just being grateful puts … more

Cooking is the currency of love

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” Julia Child wrote that in a letter to her friend, Avis DeVoto, in early 1953. Julia is known around the world for her love of food — … more

Art’s reward is the gift of other people

Matt and I won a prize. You still have a chance to see our prize winner at the Lone Tree Arts Center. We collaborated on an art project for a juried exhibition that will be up until Nov. 26. Because … more

Keeping an eye on trust to make sure it isn’t lost

There is old saying that many storytellers rely on, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Today, many of us struggle with where the truth starts and stops, and what is just a good … more

Lottery win isn’t necessary to be winner in generosity

How about the excitement most of us recently experienced during the lotteries? Mega Millions turned into billions of dollars and Powerball, as of the writing of this column, is creeping up on a … more

Shakespeare supposedly wrote a lot of great stuff

I have a dab of Shakespeare (1582-1616) memorized, and that’s about it. I am a failed scholar when it comes to most of it. Romeo and Juliet was set in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I think. I’ve … more

Let’s take a look at five myths about Alzheimer’s disease

Despite being the No. 6 killer of Americans, and despite being the single largest risk to the health of our Medicare system, Alzheimer’s disease is not widely understood. Even some of the people … more

Editorial: It takes a unified front to treat a dual diagnosis

For Terry Schamberger, 51, a lifelong addiction to alcohol began when he was 13, triggered by emotional trauma caused by the death of his sister in a car accident and an unsettled family life. For … more

Storms never last, or do they?

Life is for one generation. A good name (or a bad one) is forever. The area known as “the Divide” has a historically strong name or reputation for inclement Colorado weather. The May snowstorm of … more

For dad and daughter, a game that two can coach

Caley Mitchell stands next to third base, a white baseball cap shading her eyes, a single braid running down her back. Intensity radiates from her small frame as she leans her hands on her knees and looks toward the batter at home plate. more
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