Commentary

A Tribute To A Memorable Veteran

by Rick Langenberg:   Veterans Day is a memorable occasion for many local residents, with the region’s strong ties to the military. Not surprisingly, last week’s Nov. 11 holiday abounded locally with a spree of ceremonies honoring those who have served their country and sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The meaning of Veterans Day…

Cancel the Elections

By Rick Langenberg (Editorial/Commentary):     Apathy and Teller Republican “good ol’ boy and girl-ism” are the preliminary winners of the first stage of the local election season. In case you haven’t heard, Woodland Park has finalized its non-election slate once again with four candidates running for four seats. Hit the drums please, as the…

Let It Snow! Colorado’s Blizzard of 1913

By Beth Dodd:     Colorado was hit with the biggest snow storm in state history in December 1913. The storm brought life on the Front Range to a screeching halt with frigid temperatures, howling wind, and snow drifts of epic size. Many of the snowfall records set then still hold today, a century later.…

The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame

by Rick Langenberg:     Question of the year: What voting process is as awkward, stupid and arcane as the one we use to select office-holders in Teller and El Paso counties during our infamous party caucuses, assemblies and primaries? Answer: (And this one is going to surprise many) The rigged, insider voting held every…

Cat Takes a Swipe at Healthcare

Cat’s Corner by Catherine Mahrholz:     Regarding healthcare in the U.S. – “I’m afraid it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.” Gertrude Mahrholz – 1985 (at age 71) “The debate about ‘affordable health care’ and ‘universal coverage’ has been raging in this great land of ours for so many…

Will There Be Blood? Welcome to the Borg

(Commentary by Eli Stone)     Cyborg — n (in science fiction) a living being whose powers are enhanced by computer implants or mechanical body parts [C20: from cyb (ernetic) org (anism). “Today our technological advancements are occurring at a breath taking pace. Magnificent breakthroughs are discovered each day, many of which will enhance our…

The Group “W” Bench Tweet

Commentary by Eli Stone:         “Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.” Saul Alinsky The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.” Publius…

Happy Labor Day! Now, Labor Away.

Commentary by Eli Stone:     “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson While on vacation in the northeastern U.S., I had the opportunity to…