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Listening is crucial in a world that’s too isolated

Each day, I spend hours listening to others tell me stories about their lives. I'm profoundly honored to be privy to these intimate details, which include struggles inherent to the human experience - … more

America has opportunity for overhaul of tax code

President Trump visited Springfield, Missouri, and laid out his plans for reforming our nation’s outdated, complex and uncompetitive tax system. The president’s plan is built around an America-first tax system that is focused on jobs, increasing … more

What tax reform could mean for our country and for you

America has not overhauled its tax code system since 1986. Changing the tax code is challenging due to the complex impacts it can have on both our personal finances and businesses. While tax reform … more

Teaching kids to cook pays off in big ways

Some of my favorite memories throughout my children's early years were when we all cooked together. The food usually turned out pretty good, sometimes not so tasty but always a lot of fun! At times, … more

Are you ready for an encore?

The traditional narrative of aging is outdated. Now it's an encore. Encore: an additional act. That is exactly the opportunity we have with greater longevity. It is based on the new narrative of … more

Be extra careful with summer food safety

It's that time of year again when we get together frequently with others for potlucks and barbecues to celebrate everything from birthdays and weddings to graduations and holidays. Potlucks are a … more

Plan has potential of moving ACA replacement forward

This is no time to give up on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, but it is a time to dramatically alter the approach and try again. On July 11, I sent a … more

Be on the lookout for toxic weeds that are sprouting up

Poisonous weeds in the Western United States cause millions of dollars of damage each year. According to an article written by Raylene Owen, Elbert County master gardener, the weed problem is … more

Empowering seniors who are dealing with vision loss

Adapt, Adjust, Achieve (A3), previously known as the American Council of the Blind of Colorado, began almost 40 years ago with Families for the Blind. They are a nonprofit organization with their … more

Sheila G. Kelley ,Colorado State University extension director, Elbert County

  For most gardeners, the biggest gardening challenge in Colorado is finding plant materials that are adapted to the state's droughts, clay or alkaline soils, unseasonal snows and … more

Pageant-bashing shows lack of true knowledge

Dear Mr. Smith, My name is Stacey James, and I am currently Mrs. Parker Days. I read your recent column, "Nothing against beauty, but we could do without the pageants," and I wanted to take a … more

Fail your way to success

Most of us have been taught to move forward cautiously, make intelligent decisions, and not fail. In our society, failure has a nasty taste to it. Failure isn't commonly thought of as a good thing. … more

Colorado exchange up and running for those wanting health insurance

Now’s the time to go shopping — no, not for the holidays just yet, but for health insurance coverage. It’s open enrollment season, a time to compare policies and find the coverage that works best for you and your family as the new year … more

Does your credit score really matter?

How many of you have seen all the television commercials on checking your credit score? It seems that accessing your credit score is just as confusing and frustrating as it is to check your credit … more
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