Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

First is probably special, but the heck with that

I will never be recognized as the first to do anything. I wasn’t the first in my family to graduate from high school or college, or become a schoolteacher, or nothing. Unless you stretch it. I was …
Winning Words

The speed of the game is in our hands

A few years ago, we all talked about the easy button. It was a meme before there was anything even known as a meme. There was an icon with a big red button that we all recognized without hesitation, …
Patricia Kummer
Financial Strategies

How will the new SECURE Act affect you?

As you start the new year, you may have an opportunity to boost your retirement savings thanks to sweeping changes in the SECURE Act bill that was passed and signed into law in December 2019. This …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Stolid, solid, dearly missed — happy birthday, Dad

My father was born 100 years ago today as I write this. There hasn’t been a day since he died in 2008 that I haven’t thought about him, and more this day than usual simply because of the …

Winning Words

Successful employers employ successful entrepreneurs

An employed entrepreneur? How can that be? I mean, we are either employed or we are an entrepreneur, right? The answer is yes. This is because most successful entrepreneurs will share that even …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Put onus on universities

Put onus on universities Gov. Polis has seen fit to make a donation in all taxpayers’ names to a cause he sees as worthy, repaying two years of some graduates’ college loans. That may be a worthy …

Letter to the editor: Up to interpretation?

Up to interpretation? Regardless of whether you support gun control or not, it appears that the Douglas County policy is the most unclear and potentially overreaching when comparing views between …

Letter to the editor: Senator effective, bipartisan

Senator effective, bipartisan Sen. Gardner has been characterized as “not doing anything” for Colorado.  Actually, he has done a lot for us.  I was most impressed with Ambassador Nikki Haley …

Letter to the editor: One extreme to another

One extreme to another The sad saga of George Shipley and the barking dog once again highlights the extreme spectrum of effectiveness an HOA can operate in. On one hand, back in the 1990s, we had the …

Letter to the editor: Going to the dogs

Going to the dogs We too live in quiet desperation due to the entitled thinking of a neighbor with a barking dog. Since they moved in a year ago, we are awakened daily between 3 and 5 a.m. to their …
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