Category Archives: Valerie Maez

There are choices on June 30

Print this articleConventional political wisdom advises that any given candidate should run to their respective political base in caucus and primary elections, then, pivot to the center so as to broaden their appeal to a diverse electorate for the general … Continue reading

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A conversation with Lauren Boebert

Print this articleLauren Boebert, a restaurant owner from Rifle, is challenging Scott Tipton for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District in a GOP primary on June 30. She was campaigning in Cortez on Feb. 7th and 8th. I had an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Greed masked as altruism

Print this article“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open…” — Luke 8:17 “Tell the truth and stand your ground, don’t let the bastards … Continue reading

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The proposed Cortez land use code and you

Print this articleThe Cortez City Council will be deciding whether or not to adopt a proposed new land use code at their Jan. 28 meeting. To say that the massive 442-page document is deeply flawed would be an understatement. The … Continue reading

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This vote of mine

Print this articleWell, it’s November. That means elections, football, and Thanksgiving. Off-year elections like this one tend to be tax-oriented. Of course the schools need more money. The schools always need more money. They ran out of the can-do spirit … Continue reading

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A Colorado storm

Print this articleEverybody wants to talk about the weather these days. Especially as it pertains to climate change. A more honest discourse would entail a serious discussion about the movement of Earth’s magnetic poles and the consequences of not mounting … Continue reading

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Men of good will …

Print this articlePresident John Kennedy often interlaced the Catholic teaching, Men of Good Will, into his public statements. At the end of the Cuban missile crisis he reflected on how the conflict was not a win for either side, but … Continue reading

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Independence

Print this articleThis July, we celebrate 243 years of American independence. All countries honor their origins, but let’s be honest. No country comes close to what the United States has achieved. Our founding declared us to be free. It is … Continue reading

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Amtrak

Print this articleThe first trip I took on Amtrak was so bad, I swore they couldn’t pay me to take another trip. When fiscal hawks in Congress started looking at slashing Amtrak’s subsidies to help reduce the deficit I couldn’t … Continue reading

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A Greatest Generation mom

Print this articleThe month of May is full of promises. Usually, the weather is very agreeable, especially after a long winter like the one we just finished. Abundant sunshine, green grass, and a kaleidoscope of floral blooms bursting forth from … Continue reading

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Agents of chaos at warp speed

Print this articleMost of us would like to believe it would be difficult to graduate high school or be granted citizenship, without a thorough understanding of the three branches of the United States government and the foundational documents from which … Continue reading

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Let them eat SALT

Print this articleMarie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, has been credited with the saying “let them eat cake.” There is no proof that she actually said that, but her opulent life style and complete indifference to the winds of … Continue reading

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Imploding institutions and the millenials

Print this articleThe failure of highly educated and highly compensated CEO’s, along with their corporate boards, to manage their companies’ future is stunning. It is more of an indictment of the status quo business model that some corporations have embraced … Continue reading

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Media and voting

Print this articleMarshall McLuhan was a man ahead of his time who had a great deal of insight on the issue of how media is the message rather than a benign conduit. As such, its power to transform cultures should … Continue reading

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Conservancy’s effort raises questions

Print this articleThese are some thoughts on Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC) acquiring ownership and developing land that was originally placed into a conservation easement. MLC is a nonprofit whose mission is to keep open space in perpetuity through the use … Continue reading

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