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Cimino: Colorado can work together to stabilize health insurance

May 4, 2018 — Editor's note: HB 18-1392 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee at 10 a.m. Friday at the State Capital. Commissioner Cimino is scheduled to testify. Coloradoans in every corner of the state struggle with the ever-increasing cost of

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Opinion: Modest entrance fee increase at Rocky Mountain National Park will help address park needs, improve visitor experience

April 24, 2018 — Rocky Mountain National Park is incredibly special to millions of people because of its beautiful mountains, scenic vistas, spectacular wildlife, many miles of hiking trails, rich cultural history, and friendly neighboring communities. These features helped attract those of us who are area residents, as well

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Muftic: China hits the U.S. heartland with trade wars

April 11, 2018 — Three weeks ago family members and I took a 2,400-mile round trip drive from Denver to Iowa's southeastern border with the Mississippi, mostly following I-76 and I-80 for a memorial service for a family member. It had been over 20 years since I had traveled

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Central View: King Charles I and the Second Amendment

April 11, 2018 — According to the Sunday Times of London, the murder rate in London now exceeds that of New York City. How can that be? The people in London are not supposed to have guns. In fact, only a limited number of police officers are allowed to

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Brower: On the economic divisions that unite Grand County

April 10, 2018 — Let's face it: Even though Grand County is one county, it's a county that consists of three distinct regions. While much can be made of the divisions or separations these distinct regions create, I think the truth is that having these three regions actually helps

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Letter: Last year’s Spring Splash turned dangerous

April 5, 2018 — We always enjoy watching the season ending Spring Splash, but last year a lot of the fun ended because of all the snow balls thrown at the participants. There was a group of kids, mostly boys probably middle or high school age, that threw snow

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Central View: School safety: Adapting lessons from the past

April 2, 2018 — Times change. Today, local school boards must concern themselves with school-safety issues as never before. Fifty years ago during the Cold war, keeping our nuclear weapons from being stolen or sabotaged were the big concerns. In the early 1960s, this writer spent three years on

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Muftic: Creepy ways bad actors manipulate voters

April 2, 2018 — In the text released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of the indictment of the 13 Russians who conducted active measures to influence the 2016 U.S. elections lay the kernel of a solution to a mystery that has been bugging me. The disclosure of the use

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East Grand Superintendent: Kids matter, too

March 28, 2018 — I feel very fortunate to call myself the superintendent of East Grand School District No. 2. Over the past two years we have been recognized as a District of Distinction, a high school that produces students that need little remediation in college courses, a middle

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Muftic: ‘The old order changeth, yielding place to new’

March 28, 2018 — "The old order changeth, yielding place to new." In Alfred Lord Tennyson's classic poem, "Morte d'Arthur," these dying words of King Arthur are his realization that there will be a change in generations with views different from his. This is what is happening before our

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Central View: American Civil War II (2016 – )

March 28, 2018 — For those just tuning into politics, please note the United States fought an American Civil War between 1861 and 1865. Back then, the economy of our southern States was based on the slave labor of Africans forced here to do the agricultural heavy lifting. The

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Brower: So you want to buy a business here?

March 27, 2018 — So you want to buy a business here? I hear it all the time. Why buy a business when it's so much cheaper to just start one from scratch? It might seem cheaper to start a business from scratch, but the truth is that when

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Muftic: ‘Disgusted’: Donald Trump has lowered the bar for future presidential candidates

March 19, 2018 — Donald Trump has lowered the standards for president of the United States to such a degree that any similar shortcomings of those who run for that office in the future will no longer seem so important. Before Watergate and muckraking investigative reporting, the personal sex

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Central View: USA: Banana or representative republic?

March 19, 2018 — Soon, we may learn if we live under one set of laws for the rich and famous or under another set of laws for the poor and powerless. We have already seen that men and women under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Code of Military

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Muftic: Cross the kids from Parkland, Fla., at your own risk

March 12, 2018 — The ability of students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to stand eye-to-eye, toe-to-toe with gun rights advocates on the national stage has been jaw dropping. How could that happen? It hasw happened because they had the skills provided by their school and

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Central View: Travels with Charley Thone

March 12, 2018 — Last week, former Nebraska Governor Charles Thone died at age 94. As his former aide and traveling companion, fond memories are harbored in my heart: In 1979, the newly elected Governor of Nebraska, Charles Thone, was assembling his staff with the able help of his

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Letter: How the Kremmling Fire Department helped a family

March 1, 2018 — It all started when the furnace began to whistle on Tuesday. It sounded like the wind was blowing straight through my house. Thinking that the old boiler was fixing to blow, I called Aaron at Finish Line Plumbing and Heating on Wednesday to check it

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Jared Polis: Bridging the rural-urban divide in health care

February 28, 2018 — There are half as many mental health providers in Colorado’s rural areas as in urban ones, and two entire counties in our state lack a single mental health provider. As a result, folks outside the Front Range experiencing a mental health crisis frequently have to

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Curious Nature: Ute origin story of coyote explains its trickster nature, colorful character (column)

February 19, 2018 — A predator of livestock, pets and even children on rare occasions, the modern coyote has been vilified in Anglo-American culture. Coyotes are the most abundant livestock predators in Western North America, causing the majority of sheep, goat and cattle losses. But coyotes have worn many

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Letter: Is the Roam Development a fair business deal for the town of Winter Park?

February 2, 2018 — Is the Roam Development a fair business deal for the town of Winter Park? I attended the Jan. 30 Winter Park Planning Commission meeting, which included discussion on the proposed 172- acre Final Development Plan (FDP) for Roam (a.k.a., Beaver's). I am very excited to

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