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Eagle-Vail Metro chair: We need a broad community dialogue about funding (column)

February 21, 2018 — From some of the letters to the editor and digital outlets of opinion, you might think Eagle-Vail's government is being run by callous, non-caring individuals intent only on driving the community into bankruptcy as quickly as possible. In my capacity as chairman of the Eagle-Vail

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Eagle County Republicans: Explaining the precinct caucus and its history (column)

February 20, 2018 — What is a caucus? More specifically, what is a precinct caucus? Because that's what we're about to experience in the state of Colorado. And for the record, both Republicans and Democrats follow the same process, which is mandated and regulated by state law. I will

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Eagle County Democrats: Caucus still an important part of the democratic process (column)

February 20, 2018 — Now, more than ever, we need to be willing to step into the political realm and reclaim our endangered democracy. You can help ensure we have an effective and just political system by becoming a part of it — by attending your party's precinct caucus.

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Tipton: Time to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters west (column)

February 19, 2018 — During the past few years, one question I have often heard in the 3rd District is: "Why are the federal departments that have jurisdiction over most Western lands headquartered in Washington, D.C., rather than in Western states?" Particularly, why is the Department of the Interior's

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Carnes: Fewer (or more) guns not the answer, but common-sense regulations could be (column)

February 19, 2018 — Lonely white boy legally purchases a gun and kills innocent people. Pro- and anti-gun fanatics hold a field day of blame games while those in the middle use social media to project the tragically redundant "thoughts and prayers" to help them sleep better that night.

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Goldberg: If nationalism is on the rise, where’s the outrage over Russia? (column)

February 18, 2018 — I'm confused. These days, "nationalism" is all the rage on the right. I put it in quotes because there are a lot of different ideas of what nationalism means. Some of it is just rah-rah "USA No. 1" sloganeering. For others, nationalism is basically code

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Norton: Do you recognize the difference-makers in your own life? Are you one? (column)

February 18, 2018 — What is it about those people that make a difference in our lives? Sometimes it is just the littlest thing that they have done or shown us, and other times it is something so profound that it has an incredible impact on how we choose

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Van Ens: Fans cheer Olympians and others who take wild rides (column)

February 17, 2018 — We cheer Olympic athletes who snapback from tough spills. Skier Lindsey Vonn has earned 80 World Cup victories after suffering frightening crashes into safety fences. She recovers, intensifies her training and hits the slopes again. Fans admire Vonn's snapback tenacity. Mikaela Shiffrin, another Olympic gold

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Menconi: It’s an act of self-love to be an activist, as we are one shared collective consciousness (column)

February 16, 2018 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. It's an illusion to think the United States is a democracy or, for that matter, any country is today. In 2018, countries aren't governed to protect their borders. Modern capitalism has taken over governments,

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Wissot: We’ve got to do something about school shootings, but you know we won’t (column)

February 16, 2018 — Mikaela Shiffrin, 22, won a gold medal in giant slalom at the Winter Olympics on the same day that Nikolas Cruz, 19, murdered 17 students and teachers at a South Florida high school. Two young people moving in diametrically opposite directions: Mikaela did something terrific,

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Thornton: Partnerships and democratization of conservation are a win for all (column)

February 15, 2018 — I was concerned to read a recent column making accusations about conservation partnerships ("Washington moves to beef up conservation easements," Bergen Tjossem, Thursday, Jan. 18), and I wanted to help set the record straight. As a longtime advocate in the environment and wildlife management space,

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Eagle County Sheriff: When it comes to teen suicide, the sound of silence is deadly (column)

February 14, 2018 — As we walk in the door of our homes, we are often greeted by the sounds of family laughing, playing, arguing … there may be music, TV, video games blasting, dogs barking and all the noises that we complain about, yet would miss if they

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Norton: We all have dreams — let’s lift each other to fulfill them (column)

February 12, 2018 — "I'm working on a dream, though it can feel so far away, I'm working on a dream, our love will make it real someday, I'm working on a dream though it can feel so far away, I'm working on a dream, and our love will

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Emmer: Fraud, waste and abuse come in itty-bitty, but damaging, drops (column)

February 7, 2018 — Do you ever think that organizations are taking advantage of your good nature, your civility, your trust? Fraud, waste and abuse now come in itty-bitty drops generally thought too small to be worth the fight. Consider gift cards, those wonderful gifts we give to the

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Congress needs to fix the Community Health Center funding ‘cliff’ (column)

February 6, 2018 — An especially virulent flu season is underway, and the number of opioid overdoses continues to climb, yet our public health is more vulnerable than ever because Community Health Centers such as Mountain Family Health Centers are running out of time and money. Critical funding for

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Goldberg: Policy earthquakes have ground shifting beneath our feet (column)

February 3, 2018 — One of the more annoying things about politics is that you can swing from left to right, or vice versa, without ever changing positions. For instance, in 2002, I came in favor of same-sex domestic partnerships, or "civil unions." This was widely seen as a

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Norton: The fastest path to success is simplicity, so keep it simply simple (column)

February 3, 2018 — I don't know about you, but there have been so many times, too many times, where I have done things the hard way. Looking back, I can clearly see the path that would have been much simpler, so much easier, and so much more effective.

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Turner: Eagle County tackling mental health care at the local level (column)

February 3, 2018 — All health care is local, even if it doesn't always feel that way. We live in a time when multi-state, for-profit hospital and health systems are proliferating. Already-massive commercial insurance providers are merging to become even larger. The medical technology field tops $500 billion in

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Van Ens: Why fear attracts us, and how politicians use it to their advantage (column)

February 3, 2018 — Some evangelical preachers use the same verbal playbook President Donald Trump does to make us shudder. They prey on fears. These preachers threaten us with a scary future because they believe the world's end is near. Similarly, Trump plays on fear. He tweets about how

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Smith: Farewell until we meet again, Warren Miller (column)

February 2, 2018 — I first learned how to ski when the Van Nuys High School Ski Club offered two weeks of dry-land ski lessons and a trip to Table Mountain — all for $9. The San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles didn't get much snow during the 1960s,

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