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Vail Daily column: Reflecting on the legislative session

June 27, 2017 — Editor's note: Find links to the full text of legislation mentioned in this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. With the 2017 Legislative Session behind us, I am enjoying being back in my district and having some time to reflect back on the legislative session. From Jan. 11 […]

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Vail Daily column: Just accept it and move on

June 26, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. After last weekend's Cover Rock Festival, I must publicly admit the Rolling Stones rule a live stage, but I still contend The Beatles will always be a better studio band, as lyrics and melody […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Bike to Work, climate action benefits our health

June 26, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Summer is mating time, not only for the birds and the bees but also for wildflowers, grasses and trees. In order to mate and reproduce, male plants cast their pollen on the wind. Pollen […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Invest in health care innovation that works

June 26, 2017 — Access to affordable healthcare is a human right. Mountain Family Health Centers prescribes investing in Medicaid innovation that works, rather than cutting health insurance for low-income, working families as is proposed in the American Healthcare Act. In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations […]

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Vail Daily column: Please show some courtesy when using cellphones

June 25, 2017 — The year was 1966, and an American science fiction phenomenon began when Star Trek premiered on television. This beloved show gave us Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans and those lovable Tribbles. The show spawned four spin-off series and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" even had a guest […]

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Vail Daily column: Environment’s care splits Christians

June 24, 2017 — An Evangelical Christian minority supports the environmental science of global warming. Au Sable Institute in Wisconsin refers to environmental protection as "creation care." These Christians regard global warming as a human threat. Third World poor people face the brunt of this scourge. Rising temperatures cause […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Curious Nature: Spotting yellow warblers

June 24, 2017 — Birdwatching isn't always easy. Birds don't sit still for long, and they certainly don't come close and spin around so we can see all of their markings. And, when you start looking up little yellow birds in your bird book, you realize that there are […]

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Vail Daily guest column: What is Vail planning for its open lands update?

June 23, 2017 — Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Family retention is the key to economic growth

June 22, 2017 — What makes some communities in Colorado thrive while others fail to retain population and sustain economic growth? A recent study commissioned by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Business Research Division of the Leeds School of Business at the University of […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Don’t let your investments take a summer vacation

June 22, 2017 — It's summer again — time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same — in summertime or any other season. How can you […]

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Vail Daily column: Understanding Obamacare

June 22, 2017 — Editor's note: This letter was submitted on June 21, the day before the Senate was scheduled to release a highlight of its plan to replace Obamacare. Earlier in 2016, I attempted to characterize with an acronym the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known politically as "Obamacare." […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Caring for elders requires the entire family

June 21, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part series. Last week, I left off speaking about how to become an effective advocate for you aging loved ones. It is not easy work. To be successful, it is important to know your strengths and […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Departing Eagle County Schools chief’s farewell

June 21, 2017 — It has been a tremendous run, but this will be my last Vail Daily guest editorial column. Throughout the past four years, I've had the opportunity to communicate directly with you about education, policy, politics and our community schools. When we started this effort in […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Dog rescued from shelter now saves humans’ lives

June 21, 2017 — Mere hours before euthanasia, a dog got his calling — to become a superhero. Superheroes come in all forms, and for the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, it came as a lovable mutt named Jake. For nine years, he put his life on the line, with […]

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Vail Daily column: Free speech, offensive content clash at Harvard

June 20, 2017 — No shirt, no shoes, no service. That, at least in part, was the shot across the bow delivered recently by the venerable Crimson. If you haven't kept up lately, or if you've been too distracted by the high capitol drama of Comey, Kushner, Sessions, Flynn […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Opposition is one thing; obstruction is another

June 20, 2017 — The denizens of the swamp certainly made their appearance after my "Bolshevik" letter to the editor of June 1, 2017, and Mr. Wissot's response even made the "column" section of the paper; first off I note that Wissot attaches the appellation/adjective "comrade" to me as […]

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Vail Daily guest column: Energy bill would use ‘all of the above’ approach

June 19, 2017 — For too long, the U.S. has operated with no comprehensive plan for meeting the inevitable increased demand for energy created by both traditional and renewable resources. As the energy economy continues to evolve, we must develop a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that will ensure both […]

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Vail Daily column: America’s greatest polarizing rivalry

June 19, 2017 — Polarizing is an overused word. Typically used when people have no idea what they are talking about (I prove this on a weekly basis), it implies two sides are as far apart in a thought process as humanly possible, like today's America appears to be […]

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Vail Daily column: Learn tolerance and move forward together

June 18, 2017 — The day I'm writing this is Flag Day, Wednesday. One of our nation's oldest official commemorations, it celebrates the adoption of our national symbol by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, and is, incidentally, also the day that Congress brought the […]

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Vail Daily column: Unseemly discourse with political agendas

June 18, 2017 — Political and social discourse at its best involves an exchange of ideas and an honest attempt to understand differing points of view. But for this to occur, people must be able to articulate their ideas without fear of personal attack. At the same time, they […]

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