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As Bruegel would say, DIA is boorish and depressing

This lively essay needs an image to go along with it. Please look up Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting “The Fall of the Rebel Angels,” and have it handy when you read the following paragraph … more

Human-dog relationship offers something to sink teeth into

When my DVD remote was being made, they added beef flavoring to the liquid plastic before it was molded. That’s the only explanation I can think of. It went missing. I finally located it under the … more

Filling up on fiber key to filling up and getting fit

We have heard that dietary fiber is good for us, but you probably don’t know all of the reasons why. The term “probiotic” is commonly used in yogurt advertisements, mentioning how probiotic … more

Autumn has list full of ways to be wistful

Autumn. A six-letter word that summons hundreds, and all of them are apples and the color orange. My friend Thoreau said, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself than be crowded … more

Would you rather be this or that — or that or this?

Would you rather be rich or famous? Questions like this are fun but fruitless. Let’s have some fruitless. (Disregard that some of your options are deceased.) Would you rather be one of the Beatles … more

When judging cholesterol, it’s important to keep everything in moderation

You might have heard that there is no reason to worry about saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association, heart … more

Communicating with the masses

This month is the September song: “School Daze,” a time for lessons. Here are a few recent story problems about communing with the common denominator, communication: • First, losin’ … more

Changes must be made to the Denver City Charter

The Denver City Charter does not give city council the authority to independently contract for legal and other professional services. Two incidences in the past year have convinced me that the … more

About letters to the editor (updated)

Colorado Community Media welcomes letters to the editor. Please keep in mind the following rules: • Submit your letter in a Word document or in the body of an email. No PDFs, please. • Letters … more

Where wildflowers rule

Think “summer” in Colorado, and you’re likely to think of wildflowers! It’s one of the perks of living among so many diverse habitats, from prairie and desert to deep forest, alpine tundra … more

10 years later, recession still affects housing market

The Great Recession wiped out the greatest amount of wealth in the United States since the Great Depression. The catalyst, lest we forget, was the housing bubble created by lax lending policies, … more

Income discrimination hurts housing market

As Denver seeks to expand access to affordable homes in the face of unprecedented demand, building new affordable housing is important, but it cannot be our only strategy. We can help more families … more

Harmony through music is the answer

Used to be it was just geezers sittin’ around in their rockers shakin’ their heads saying that timeworn phrase: “Isn’t it awful?” Lately we’ve heard it out of the mouths of boomers, … more

If coffee didn’t exist, it would be hard to swallow

"Coffee drinkers live longer.” Thank you, Joe DiMaggio. “People who drink two to three cups of coffee a day live longer than people who don’t” (U.S. News, July 3). A study shows that I will … more

Awash in beauty and wonder — that’s just how we roll

Jennifer, Harry, and I went on a road trip. Don’t yawn. Yet. We looped from Littleton to Salida to Monte Vista to Durango to Mesa Verde to Telluride to Gunnison to Littleton, and stopped along the … more

We stand behind Capital Gazette, journalism

My to-do list can feel overwhelming. But it's not important. Not when journalists are being shot down in the newsroom in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. My heart breaks for the victims' families … more

Expect annual boom in lowbrow behavior

It doesn’t hurt to ask, but I know what you’re going to say. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Fourth of July came and went without any residential explosions? They’re illegal. They’re annoying. … more

If you try to be cool, you’re getting colder

Whenever I am facing something I am unable to resolve on my own, I ask, “What would Lincoln do?” Abraham Lincoln is my guidepost, my lighthouse, my lodestar. “The Springfield Redbird” is what … more

The customer is not always right, but still is always the customer

There is a very common saying in business, “The customer is always right.” It may be very common, but it is not always true. What is true is this, “The customer is not always right, but the … more

Being a father is opportunity to show unconditional love

One of the greatest tributes to a father can be found in the Dan Fogelberg song “Leader of the Band.” The last part of the song has always meant something special to me … “I thank you for the … more
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