The sight of a rather large moon over the Flatirons this morning reminded me of a Sunday evening news report about the supermoon on Saturday night.
Two more are “scheduled,” the news reader said, one in August and another in September, leaving me wondering who is in charge of supermoon scheduling.
We should have them more often.
As a Republican Gang of Four complained that President Obama wouldn’t visit our porous border with Mexico, they simultaneously accused him of “lawlessness”—get this, for enforcing a 2008 law that had overwhelming bipartisan support.
To these callous conservatives, children in search of safety are “illegal immigrants” when in fact many of them arguably meet this dictionary definition* if not the United Nations definition of “refugee”:
one that flees; especially : a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution.
They play politics with words, as usual, while they should be helping find solutions of substance. So much for the idea of lifting a lamp by the golden door.
* “Refugee.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 11 July 2014. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refugee.
There was a time when words such as webinar, impacted (except when referring to wisdom teeth), incentivize and irregardless made me cringe.
I’m mostly over that after tiring of online gripe fests rife with harshing the alleged destroyers of modern American English.
This TED talk pretty much cured me of all that, except that impactful still makes me want to puke.
That’s the editor in me.
Would Sheriff Andy Taylor have shot and killed an elk like Boulder’s Big Boy right there in his own town of Mayberry?
Of course not. The fictional sheriff wouldn’t have gunned down the critter in Mayberry—or in Raleigh or Durham or any other city or town, in season or out, let alone lie about it.
It’s not a matter of residence, as a politician and a Denver Post writer would have it as laid out in this Sunday opinion piece.
It’s a matter of character, plain and simple.
There may be good arguments for requiring some workers to live in the city that employs them, and as the column points out the issue has been legislated and litigated.
It’s more important to have police officers who can be trusted to obey the laws they are supposed to enforce.
Jeremy Meyer’s column simply confuses two important issues.
The news of mismanagement and alleged scheduling fraud at the Veterans Administration brings to mind for me the timely, compassionate care I have received at VA facilities in both Fort Collins, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
When I needed attention urgently one day a few years ago, I got it almost immediately. Other times, I didn’t mind waiting because I was sure other veterans had more pressing needs and I understand that the VA’s ability to provide health care is limited by inadequate funding.
Don’t let the recent bad news shape your opinion of the people who see and treat veterans daily with professionalism and respect. In my experience, they are beyond compare and, once again, I thank them.
…opponents of the death penalty have made it less safe.
For whom has the death penalty ever been safe? Certainly not for those we kill.
People who are opposed to the use of capital punishment aren’t responsible for the botching of executions that should not even be taking place.
There’s a so-called “death penalty” that is administered to rich people like Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and to athletic programs that run afoul of NCAA rules. In sports, it is rarely permanent and nobody dies.
Here’s what the real death penalty is about: Government kills people on our behalf. They don’t get to sell the team for a huge profit and they don’t get to compete again after a few years
We should be ashamed of our barbaric selves and ban it.
Those other penalties? Find something else to call them.
…whether you agree with Common Core or not, the debate should start with and rely on facts – not politicized fiction.
Can someone point me to the core facts of the Common Core?
I really want to know if someone can cut through the clutter.
Thank you for piquing my interest, Nora.