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Still Waters: ‘Cherish is the word’

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
Singer David Cassidy announced this week that he has dementia, something his mother and grandfather had also suffered from before they died. Like thousands of other girls in the early 1970's, I thought David Cassidy was super hot with his long hair and sexy voice. He was also one of the stars of "The Partridge Family" television series, which featured
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Being Beautiful: Recalling rides from Fred Flintstone to Fats Domino

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
The quick transformation from buggies to Buicks and long walks to Learjets astonishes me.
The cavemen traveled by foot and with that realization comes images of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble with Wilma and Betty in their cartoon cars. Some believe the future will have us in odd contraptions similar to the space ships from another of my favorite childhood
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Letter to the editor: Wrong address

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
I apologize. If you wish to mail a letter to the current bull in the china shop at the White House, the correct street number is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not 1900 as I clumsily typed it in Tuesday's column.
Virginia Simmons
Del Norte
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Letter to the editor: Lincoln’s words are timeless

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
Presidents' Day brings forth recognition of our greatest presidents. Yesterday the Rabbitbush Rambler appropriately celebrated Washington's honesty and decorum. Lincoln's and his core view on democracy are also celebrated. To this point there is a quote by Abraham Lincoln which seems as stunningly insightful and relevant today as when it was written. His comments on Russia are timeless.
In 1855,
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Native Writes: Of phones and crud

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
I have walked out my front door each morning to a new day.
The streets are generally quiet, a small dog yips its greeting to another creature down the block and the wind has yet to whip up.
Recovering from the flu, also known as the "crud," I have felt as if I were being somehow liberated.
It's not complete.
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Amarah's Corner: Grandmother speaks from a broken heart

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
This week is devoted to grandparents raising their grandchildren, or who a have a hand in their life, due to drug addiction in the family. What would kids like me do without our grandparents to save us?
Thank you to the grandmother in South Fork who wrote to me. I wanted to write back but the return address was torn.
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Geiger's Culture Counter: It’s never just joking

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
Last week the YouTube star PewDiePie--pronounced like cutie pie but with a "P"--made headlines by posting a controversial video a month prior. Why does this matter? Because he has one of the largest platforms on the planet.
PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has been a member of the video service since 2010. In just six years his channel
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Alamosa Flowers: The origami revolution

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
Last week's NOVA broadcast was on "Our Origami World: The Origami Revolution." An online dictionary defines origami as "the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures." Folded cranes immediately come to mind when thinking about origami. But, long before people developed origami, nature was using folding strategies, especially for squeezing large surfaces into small compartments.
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Letter to the editor: Cabinet candidates cause concerns

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
The very insightful letter from Dr. Kay O. Watkins on Feb. 3 reminded me of an important even tin 1939. No one knew at the time just how important it would be. It was a letter from Dr. Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt warning of the possibility of Nazi Germany developing a nuclear weapon from the fission of uranium. Fission
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George Washington’s cherry tree

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Tomorrow is the birthday of George Washington, born on 22 February in 1732, a day that has been swept into an anomalous national holiday called Presidents' Day. Washington deserves better.
First, let's accept that little Georgie did chop into the bark of a cherry tree, but he scarcely could have said, "I cut down the cherry tree with my hatchet."
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After the Fact: Campaign promises

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
My life is filled with controversy: should I have my oatmeal with or without the banana on top this morning? Are my Pooh pajamas still in the dryer or will I have to wear the Eeyore pj's with the floppy ears? Coffee or tea? Chocolate, strawberry or vanilla or should I throw caution to the winds and go for
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Valley Gardening: Organic gardening class planned

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
Everything is good in the neighborhood--kind of!
Read in the Valley Courier about the new City of Alamosa art program. Way over their expected number of entries came in. So many, in fact, that the city is placing 15 pieces of art, INSTEAD of 10. How many of those extra five sculptures do you suppose will be installed on
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Letter to the editor: Ask legislators to stand with us

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
Trump the candidate promised that law enforcement and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) would "round up" and detain the "criminal element" from other countries, those he hopes to blockade out with a complete border wall. Instead, he's authorized law enforcement to follow school buses and Hispanic children who walk home from school so that ICE can nab the parents--the
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Still Waters: Love on line — or not

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Online dating has led to numerous "matches" as well as numerous disasters, even fatal attractions. Some folks have been duped or dumped. Others have apparently found someone to spend the rest of their life with. I know people in both the success and dismal failure categories of "love on line."
It appears there's an internet dating site for about every
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Being Beautiful: Friends for a season, friends for a reason, friends for a lifetime

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
William Shakespeare said it best: "I am wealthy in my friends."
As I sat with my friends yesterday evening, lifting our glasses and toasting the years ahead of us, I lived in the moment.
While a devoted great-grandmother was busy crocheting a baby blanket for a little one coming in June, we sang old gospel songs accompanied by
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Letter to the editor: Cyber bullying is unacceptable

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
It is tragically easy to sit behind a computer and lob shameful insults across the digital universe. Leveraging the tools of connectivity, meant to bring us closer together, cyber bullies use the Internet as a means to be hurtful, while never having to look their victims in the eye.
The old adage of "Sticks and stones may break my
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Letter to the editor: America First! America First! America First!

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
The above headline states one of the more memorable phrases from Donald Trump's inaugural address. I know that President Trump was talking about "America First" with regard to setting priorities, but I would like to point out some "America Firsts" with regard to our country's rank in various categories: (I obtained my information online, mostly from Wikipedia, which cited several
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Native Writes: The media should be grateful

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Along with all the assaults on our credibility, the media should be grateful to the Trump staff, especially those who speak publicly.
Normally, people go on their daily chores without much regard to the Bill of Rights or the whole Constitution, for that matter.
We learn libel law, the Freedom of Information Act and Open Records laws and use
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Amarah's Corner: Broken hearts are real

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Hey kids like me, have you ever wondered if you can die from a broken heart? I don't know about you but some of the things my baby sister, Ava, and I went through with my mom's addiction made me think I was gonna die from a broken heart. I cried so many tears for so long, and for so
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Letter to the editor: Thanks for sending Valentines for Veterans

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The residents and staff of the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake would sincerely like to thank each of you for remembering and supporting our veterans with Valentines, donations to the Resident Benefits Fund, and visits.
This year the response for Valentines for Vets was overwhelming. Schools, churches, volunteer organizations, veteran groups and individuals contributed during this holiday in
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Letter to the editor: Obama Care, Congress & Scott Tipton

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
It should be obvious to anyone who has done the homework regarding Donald Trump, that in reality, he is really an independent candidate, who through his enormous grassroots public support, secured the nomination of the not so conservative Republican Party; and in so doing, ultimately prevailed to become the 45th President of the United States. That said, for the
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Hate-watching isn’t worth it

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
This weekend I watched the Grammys without saying or posting a single cynical statement on social media. Instead, I watched with an open mind and enjoyed it. Given my musical history, I feel like I should get an award for that.
As I mentioned in a previous column ("I'm sorry for my white tastes in music" published on Aug. 31),
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Letter to the editor: Tipton, Gardner need to hold town meeting on ACA

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
I have been hearing much about what a "disaster" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been. This seems to be the stance that Mr. Cory Gardner, our senator seems to have. This also seems to be Mr. Scott Tipton's view as well. I would like to ask Mr. Gardner and representative Tipton to have town hall meetings to hear what
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Letter to the editor: Where’s the accountability?

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
In these active early days of the Trump administration, our lawmakers have received unprecedented public response. With so much power in the hands of one party, tyranny is a real concern and we are fortunate so many citizens are exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest.
In a working democracy, lawmakers' most important task is to be responsive to constituents!
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: An abolitionist’s diary

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
In my bulging filing cabinets, I have a copy of a journal written long ago by a distant cousin who was a farmer in the 1800s in northern Ohio. During this Black History Month, I am happy to be able to share a small part of his reminiscences, in this case the portion about abolition.
The journal's writer, Thomas
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Valley Gardening: Plants and people are full of surprises

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
Yikes … here it is Friday afternoon about 5 p.m. and I have been thinking all day it is Thursday so haven't been writing, and I get so afraid of Ruth Heide if I don't get something in to her. I'm afraid she won't let me go through her candy bowl for the chocolates that are hidden below the surface.
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Movin' On with Nellie: Stolen Patriot #12 shirt worth more than a teacher’s salary

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
In the guys' locker room after Sunday's Super Bowl, the Patriot's #12 Quarterback Tom Brady remarked to his teammates that someone had stolen his jersey right out of his duffle bag. He said if anyone sees it being sold on eBay to let him know. Pundits predicted his jersey would go for $250,000 to half a million dollars.
I've
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After the Fact: I’ve had it!

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
Knowing that I'm intrigued by the vagaries of our language, a friend sent me an e-mail message with the following sentence: "All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life." Unless you can read "inflection," you'll have to hear it read aloud to know that this, in fact, is an entirely correct
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