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Rosa Parks ‘had all the time in the world to talk’

It was 2 p.m. on a recent Sunday in the western Colorado town of Paonia, population 1,500. Not an ideal time to gather a crowd to meet the famous Rosa Parks, the woman who kicked off the mod...

Toxic beauty standards can be passed down

When my best friend and I lived together 13 years ago, our shared bathroom had a handful of products: soap, tanning lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, potpourri and maybe, occasionally, a face c...

‘Disinformation, plain old lies take place of facts, data’

In any community, there always have been, and always will be, areas of conflict and disagreement. These disputes have gotten deeper in the last dozen years or so. As we go through rapid chan...

‘Pain a minor reason patients choose PAS’

Compassion for individuals confronting a terminal illness drove the efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide, or PAS (also known as medical aid in dying), in Colorado in 2016. Compassi...

League of Women Voters ‘help voters wade through noise’

With a national election on the horizon, the fire hose of information has increased, flooding us through our computers, phones, televisions and mailboxes. It is often difficult to separate f...

‘Benefit in bears acting like bears, not raiding ranches’

Is there any habit harder to break than harboring a grudge against an old adversary? Yet burying hatchets is exactly what it might take to conserve our wildlife, in the face of ever-increasi...

Airline travel: ‘Other things to be concerned about on a plane’

If you caught my column about the way the airlines are treating us these days, you know that it was not a complimentary view, terming the flying experience an insult to cattle. Well, we now ...

‘Jobs and tax revenue. But at what cost?’

Over the last 20 years, magazine articles and research papers have been written on how much of America has become homogenized. Everyplace looks pretty much like any other. The same big box s...

With Alzheimer’s diagnosis, ‘the unknowns are endless’

As part of an ongoing series of columns about what it feels like to have mild cognitive impairment as a result of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, I’m including this about typical progressions. I’v...

In rural West, ‘start treating maternity care with gravity it deserves’

There’s never been enough doctors in rural Wyoming, where I live, but a shortage of obstetricians is increasing the risks for pregnant women across the state – and the nation. In the last de...

Bipartisan bills: ‘Rural legislators working with urban counterparts’

Our first few weeks of the second session of the 74th General Assembly have flown by quickly as we prepare for late nights, floor debates, committee hearings and meetings. During these first...

‘Must call out those casual, careless about trust’

As director of a nonprofit in LaPlata County, I was dismayed to read the headline “Former director of Southwest Colorado nonprofit suspected of embezzlement.” The director of the local nonpr...
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