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    The Power of Books

    In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the Wittenberg, Germany church door. Initially, the document didn’t make much of a splash. Luther wrote it, though, at the dawn of…

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    Simplicity of giving thanks

    Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. The reason lies in its simplicity: The day is not laden with fervor. Rather, it is premised on a simple construct: Offering gratitude. My friend…

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    Dehumanizing others

    In “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “In the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.” It’s from that…

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    Trust, relationships, and civic virtue

    Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard states, “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.” Yes, we concur, but why is that so? What constitutes a good reputation? Ever had…

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    Thoughts on ballot issues

    Feeling a bit or a lot overwhelmed with the extensive ballot? As I’ve written, it’s a price to pay for living in a participatory democracy. It’s compounded, though, by Colorado’s rejection…

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    2018 Candidate Musings

    Because of their active get-out-the-vote efforts and speaking cogently about the issues, two commissioner candidates have risen to the top: George Marlin and Mike Hillman. Talking with Mike and watching his…

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    Election Prep 101

    Loving participatory democracy? I hope so, but if it’s too onerous and you’re unwilling to do or not up to the heavy lifting of citizenship, there’s always the option to emigrate…

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    Breathing the methane

    What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but rather open defiance. – Jason Stanley, “How Propaganda Works” The water in Georgetown was off this morning. A leak…

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    What is justice?

    What is justice? I suppose we could probe Plato’s “Republic” for an answer, but that would be a bit much for an op-ed piece. Perhaps we can agree as a starting…

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    The party revolutions

    John McCain was a singular character whose passing has left a void unlikely to be filled. His maverick persona, while imperfect, and mental toughness bespoke of his character in defiance of…

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    Filling the housing void

    Ain’t got no place to lay your head / Somebody came and took your bed / Don’t worry, be happy. – Bob Marley An array of issues confronts Clear Creek as…