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His bet was on the Panthers

Boy do I wish I had been in Denver this past week. It’s at a time like this that you feel true love and homesickness for your hometown. Denver is bursting with life, and I wish I could touch it and feel it, not just view it from afar on livestream.

When I sat down to watch the Super Bowl with some friends, one of them quipped: “Do you even know the rules of football?” “Yes, I know the basics,” I replied, “I know what a touchdown is,” to which one friend burst out laughing.

Over the years I have accumulated more basics than that, like . . . the object is to get the ball down the field; there are downs, there are yard lines, uh, basics like that.

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Nothing like underdog talk

Is it just me, or are you too dizzy and giddy from all the recent amusements and distractions? Between the National Western Stock Show and the political theater culminating in the Iowa caucuses, it’s been pretty entertaining. You turn the radio from one station to the next, and it goes from bombastic Trump being trumped to Clinton shenanigans and Feeling the Bern, and on to talk of the unexpected rise of Rubio that many seem to be watching. Then add in the the Great Broncos to this already en...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 17:05 )

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Snow snobbery

Normally the stereotype is that New Yorkers are cynical and tough, while it’s the Coloradans who are wholesome and softhearted. Well, come visit New York City when the newscasters are predicting a snow storm. It’s not just a snowfall but a snow storm; then they called it a blizzard. And not just a blizzard, but an epic blizzard. And it’s not even just an epic blizzard, but a record breaking blizzard. Historic. Before even one snowflake appears, the hysteria spreads as quickly as Central ...
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Tale of two heroes

You hear the news we are all still reeling from — a mother of six children who, despite heroically fighting back, was brutally butchered into submission, all while bloodcurdling screams and a pool of blood were gathering, all this before the eyes of her children, and you wonder. Just how can any human do this to another human? Seriously, how? As terrible as shooting another human is, it is usually done from afar, so you don’t have the kind of intimate contact and proximity that a stabbing e...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:02 )

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The ‘get away with it’ factor

With the recent article in The New York Times and the consequent rise in public awareness about the abuses of Marc (Mordechai) Gafni, and about the effort to once and for all marginalize or eliminate him from public life, I am wondering about leadership. Not to mitigate the appalling, disturbing and cruel abuses of Gafni, but since an effort is being made to have him removed from the position of educator and leader, as he should be, it makes you question why some leaders’ egregious errors are...
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