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 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 23, 2018

Memorial Day. Flags and Poppies

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was first celebrated on May 5, 1868 to honor those Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. At that time the Grand Army of the Republic, a...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 16, 2018 

2018 Legislative Wrap-up

The 2018 General Assembly opened with positive expectations. Expectations that – finally, this year – our crumbling infrastructure could be addressed and that funding for education could be...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

This May 13 many of you will take the day to honor your Mother. Others of us will remember our Mothers and recall holidays spent together. But how many of us will know why? While we recognize...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 2, 2018

Fort Carson's Response to Fires

After the first of the recent fires in our area, I contacted the Ft. Carson garrison commander's office to find out what they were doing to mitigate fires that result from live-fire exercises on the...

 

A Day Full of Traditions

This May 5, people from all over the world will flock to Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate the longest continuously run sporting event in the United States. Known as "The Greatest Two Minutes in...

 

Committed to Veteran's

I was honored to receive the United Veteran Committee's (UVC) "State Distinguished Legislator" award at their annual banquet on April 8th. At this same event Senator Lambert (R) of Colorado Springs,...

 

Orange Crush, Purple Drank, Skittles, Getting Your Lean On, Sizzurp!

Have you heard any of these terms? I should ask if you've heard of a finished drug product with dextromethorphan (DXM)? In fact, you've probably purchased it. You would know it as cough syrup. Plain,...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    April 4, 2018

Marijuana in Pharmacies? Not Really!

As you may know, I have been an opponent of marijuana since it was first on the ballot. However, people in the state voted for it and as a State Representative it has been my job to regulate it. You...

 

Politics: At Its Best, At Its Worst

The caucus process which was just completed was created to do away with the political elite of each party meeting to choose who would run on the party ticket at the state and county level. Instead...

 

Tax Cuts Will Boost Colorado Paychecks

Don't just stuff your latest pay stub in a drawer. It should contain a welcome surprise. New IRS tax withholding tables reflecting recently passed federal tax cuts have taken effect. The upshot:...

 

The Caucus is Coming, The Caucus is Coming

Just as Paul Revere rode through Boston to warn the colonial militia that the British were coming, it is time to warn all of you that the Caucus is Coming! Yes, once again it's time for the two major...

 

For Whom the Road Tolls

Stealing a title from Ernest Hemingway is easy. Deciding how to solve the traffic problem between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock is not. My own motto is "Toll for Four" or "No toll without Four." I...

 

It's Tax Time Once Again

Tax Help Colorado offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals who earn less than about $54,000 a year, helping to ease the burden of commercial tax preparation costs on low-wage earners. A...

 

The Best Gift a Family Can Get for Christmas

At this time of year, as we celebrate our holidays, our thoughts often go to family and friends and things we are thankful for. Like many people, I am truly thankful for my family and friends. I am...

 

A Day to Honor Our Veterans

On May 13, 1938, Congress, commemorating the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany, passed an Act, (52 Stat. 351, 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a), recognizing the 11th of November as a legal...

 

Open Primaries: What Effect Will They Have on Colorado?

The second regular session of the 71st General Assembly hasn't started yet but already people are thinking about, and preparing for, the election that is over a year away. The 2018 election will be...

 

Suicide Prevention Month

The following information is from the Peak Military Care Network newsletter. I received permission from Kate Hatten, a friend and CEO of the organization, to reprint this as it is very important to...

 

Opioid Use in Colorado

Opioid related deaths are decreasing in Colorado but not nearly enough. According to a March 2017 report published by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, in 2015...

 

A Correction To My Article On Water

I must publish a correction to an article I had printed in Fountain Valley News. This was the article on Water, printed in last week's addition. I misspoke when I said, "Security and Widefield are...

 

Water- What's Happening Behind The Scenes

(In response to the Guest Editorial by Fountain Mayor Pro Tem Phil Thomas In October 2015, Fountain city water system reacted to a change in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) allowed level...

 

Community Pharmacy; Not only at the "Corner of Happy and Healthy"

I had the privilege of attending a ribbon cutting for a new business last week in Colorado Springs. The Community Pharmacy by Walgreens isn't just a new business, it is a whole new concept. Unlike...

 

Nothing Negative Intended in Last Week's Article

I must apologize for failing to cite the references I used in my recent article on education. The ratings I used came from a site called Niche. You can check them out at https:www....

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Budget Week at the Capitol

(Editor's Note: This column should have preceded last week's column, which was inadvertently published out of order.) Budget week in the House of Representatives took place a couple of weeks ago....

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Disconnected

The 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly could be described in one word: disconnected. The Senate Republicans with a one seat majority generally held together to defeat outrageous, and someti...

 

Reforming the Department of Youth Corrections

The dramatic rise in violence in Colorado's Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) was the subject of a report published this February by the Colorado Child Safety Coalition titled "Bound & Broken,...

 

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