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Carnes: Censoring speech carries high costs — now and in the future (column)

August 20, 2018 — Alex Jones is little more than an opportunist that makes outrageous yet demonstrably false claims to excite his gullible base into purchasing products his advertisers sell. Omarosa Manigault Newman is the same, only she does it to sell a book, and so is the current

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Mazzuca: Socialist-leaning youth today really don’t have a clue (column)

August 19, 2018 — Last May, Steve Chapman, an editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune, referenced a University of Chicago GenForward Survey of Americans, ages 18 to 34. The survey found that 45 percent have a positive view of socialism, with the highest approval among blacks, Hispanics and Asian

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Van Ens: The post office once packed a political punch (column)

August 18, 2018 — Stamp collectors remember how the post office engaged in fierce partisan politics over slavery in the 1830s and '40s. Such politicking about mailing unsolicited antislavery literature to Southern leaders may surprise non-stamp collectors. They regard this hobby as laid-back and dignified rather than a springboard

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Thomas: Prison reform is an unlikely issue for Republicans today (column)

August 17, 2018 — Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last Thursday, Aug. 9, President Donald Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey,

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Wissot: Farewell to Aunt Irene, the keeper of our family’s facts (column)

August 17, 2018 — My Aunt Irene died Friday, July 27. She was 96 and lived not only a very long but a very fruitful life. She was the oldest living member of my family. My family does not have a history of people living into their 90's. To

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Rankin: What’s a teacher to do about ever-increasing requirements? (column)

August 16, 2018 — When I went off to college to learn to be a teacher, the responsibility of an elementary school teacher was mostly teaching "reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic," the "3 R's." Social studies, science and physical education rounded out the curriculum. Then came monitoring the cafeteria, to

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Eagle County Sheriff: We’re not alone when disaster strikes our communities (column)

August 15, 2018 — In times of crisis, we never want to be alone. First responders are the first to admit it. The expression, "It takes a village" was never truer than when handling a community emergency. During the Lake Christine fire, we teamed up with the best of

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College CEO: Quirk in state constitution could harm CMC’s affordability, critical programs (column)

August 14, 2018 — Colorado Mountain College is not only one of the most affordable colleges in the nation, but it is also the only college in our 12,000-square-mile service region that trains firefighters, law enforcement officers, nurses and teachers. Consequently, if CMC cannot offer these programs, then they

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Vail mayor: Get ready for the greatest cycling event in 30-plus years: the Colorado Classic (column)

August 14, 2018 — If you've been in Vail the past few days, then you've seen the signs. They're everywhere — from East Vail to West Vail — with an important message for our residents and guests: Plan ahead. In this case, the message refers to upcoming road and

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Goldberg: Are we as consumers of media to blame for the Alex Jones problem? (column)

August 13, 2018 — The behemoths of the internet have shunned Alex Jones, the worm-tongued, often shirtless conspiracy theorist and paranoia monger who hosts a show called "InfoWars." The debate over this cartel-like decision is much larger than Jones now, and it's taking place mostly on the right. While

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Carnes: When did the Republican Party, champions of the free market, start wanting bigger government? (column)

August 13, 2018 — This becomes more confusing on a daily basis. The political ideology I grew up with has morphed in only a few short years into a garbled goop of GOP paradoxical parodies. Their long support of free trade — meaning no tariffs — with other nations

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Cartier: The trauma of feeling powerless in the face of danger (column)

August 12, 2018 — The fabric of our nation's history includes the fundamental belief that we control our destiny — the American dream. Hard work, dedication and a commitment to the idea that we can accomplish anything are at the core of our entrepreneurial spirit and have made us

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Norton: We can agree to disagree and still find balance in our relationships (column)

August 12, 2018 — Sometimes it could seem like there are more things happening around us that are dividing us as a community than uniting us. And as that is happening, I believe we may have lost sight, or forgotten, that it is OK to agree to disagree when

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Van Ens: Take the Bible on its own terms, not ours (column)

August 11, 2018 — Correctly interpreting the Bible is difficult because God has spoken to Jews, Muslims and Christians through a historical filter. Readers who disregard this historical filter confuse what scripture teaches. The Bible records an ancient past stretching from shortly after 2000 B.C. to the Maccabean Revolution,

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Wissot: I may not see certain social advancements in my lifetime, but they will happen (column)

August 10, 2018 — I can still see the anguish on my parents' faces. Their 14-year-old son was turning into a juvenile delinquent. What were the signs? Vaseline-slicked hair. Wearing white T-shirts with the short sleeves rolled up to reveal more skin and muscle (only in my case it

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Thomas: Does techology rob individuals of their liberty and ability to think freely? (column)

August 9, 2018 — Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic "The Matrix," which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it's the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. "The Matrix" is such a

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Lien: Hunters and anglers support Land and Water Conservation Fund; push for renewal (column)

August 9, 2018 — After completing four years of service as an Air Force officer, I jumped at the chance to spend 3½ months traveling across the North American continent. From Alaska to Mexico, California to Texas, Florida to Minnesota, I explored parts of our public lands in 22

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Ramirez: Follow your heart, and you will find the perfect Eagle County school for your family (column)

August 8, 2018 — When it comes to selecting the best school for your children, you, the parents of Eagle County, have so many amazing choices. Our district has dynamic public, charter and private schools; each offers a personal and unique educational experience for children. That means parents face

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Nicholson: America will be great if America is good (column)

August 7, 2018 — "America is great because America is good." One of the more misattributed quotes concerning our country is most often thought of as being the observation of Alexis de Tocqueville, a French philosopher who visited the then 55-year-old American experiment in representative government and published his

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Carnes: Allowing El Jebel, Basalt to secede from Eagle County is a no-brainer (column)

August 6, 2018 — Laws are amended and, in some cases, repealed in response to situations and scenarios brought about by an ever-changing society. Right here in Happy Valley, it used to be against the law to smoke a joint, drive while wearing headphones and collect rainwater as it

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