Commentary, editorials and opinion pieces.
Posted by Bill Donavan on November 12, 2013
For the last thirteen years we’ve been going to F Street for Halloween—though in recent years we go to see our friend’s kids, and each year we wonder why it’s open to cars?
Posted by Merrell Bergin on November 1, 2013
Only 3 days remain to vote and the future of Salida is at hand. Maybe you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, “tuning out” all the newspaper letters, the yard signs and advertisements. Just taking care of day to day matters. Well, it will all come to pass in just 4 days, whether you get in [...]
Posted by Citizen Team on October 7, 2013
The government shutdown is frustrating. But it doesn’t mark the end of the Republican party, as some have suggested. Here are 8 reasons why.
Posted by Citizen Team on September 23, 2013
I would like to make the observation that I hear two distinct descriptions of the City of Salida. One description is very positive, the other description can only be described as completely gloom and doom. I will suggest that reality lies somewhere in between.
Posted by Laura Donavan on August 29, 2013
With the recent announcement that Attorney General Holder won’t try and block the Colorado and Washington laws legalizing recreational marijuana, we’d be in the market to sell a lot of shirts dude!
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Posted by Bill Donavan on May 29, 2013
I love a good outlaw motorcycle gang as much as the next guy, especially when they are roaming the streets of Salida with big knives—and big smiles. The Mongols Motorcycle Club, sometimes called the Mongol Nation or Mongol Brotherhood, is an outlaw motorcycle club and alleged organized crime syndicate who recently visited Salida and had a darn good time at their “family reunion.” Being a family man, I went to meet some of my biking brothers.
Posted by Citizen Team on May 14, 2013
According to a recent poll by Fairleigh Dickenson University, 29% of Americans think that “an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years.” Another 5% are unsure. Hide your kids, hide your wife.
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Posted by Bill Hudson on May 9, 2013
I was not paid thousands of dollars to offer my opinion on the SGM report. I offered my input and my research absolutely free of charge…
Posted by Merrell Bergin on May 8, 2013
Unofficial results of Tuesday’s Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) Special Election show 570 votes cast with 66% preferring that directors continue to be limited to (2) 4-year terms.
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Posted by Merrell Bergin on May 6, 2013
Fresh coffee gets stale after 20 minutes. Is it any different for the HRRMC Board?
Posted by Bill Hudson on May 2, 2013
The longer a “good person” serves on the same government board, the stronger their tendency to lose touch with the voters. This leads to self-serving and bureaucracy-serving agendas — as we have now clearly seen demonstrated in the current board’s selection of ballot language….
Hospital Board Term Limits election 2 weeks away. Startling facts and an easy way to vote, IF you act now.(3)
Posted by Merrell Bergin on April 22, 2013
The mail-in ballot application deadline looms in 8 days – less than 50 voters had applied last week out of 18,000 people who live in the Hospital District. Yet how many will find the time to vote in person on Tuesday May 7th? This may not seem to matter as much as county, state or [...]
Posted by Citizen Team on April 15, 2013
As attendees of Senator Udall’s public forum on Browns Canyon Saturday we were impressed with the format, the openness and the large turnout. It represented the best of democracy in action.
Posted by Merrell Bergin on March 6, 2013
HRRMC aka “The hospital” is narrowing its search for a new CEO to replace retiring Ken Leisher. What does this mean for you as a taxpayer and potential patient?
Posted by Citizen Team on February 26, 2013
I want this hospital to act like they are part of the community, not just say they are. I want the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center powers that be to put the HEART back into the hospital.
Posted by Laura Donavan on February 16, 2013
I am appreciative for artists who help to raise this kind of dialogue, and as a long time friend, I will defend Jimmy as one of the most passionate peace promoters I know. But, as a parent, the two most important people in my life walk in those doors every morning.
Posted by Merrell Bergin on December 25, 2012
Quality of life is in the eye of the beholder. From a second floor window near First and F, with a view to S Mountain, things are looking good to me. The sky is deep blue with a trace of snow on the hills and Monarch got 6” last night. Downtown where I live, it’s [...]
Posted by Ann Marie Swan on December 19, 2012
The closest I’ve been to this kind of heartbreak was while working at the Rocky Mountain News at the time of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton. Watching the pained faces of the people in Newtown, that time feels raw again.
Posted by Bill Donavan on December 1, 2012
So, then WHO are you suggesting we ask about how well the four-day week is working?
tree: …. Errrr, the…teachers?
hill: Bingo, the teachers, and who else?
tree: … The kids?
Posted by Bill Donavan on November 30, 2012
What is best for kids? 5 days in school, or 6? Maybe 7? What about 4? Maybe every child is different.
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