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 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    July 11, 2018 

Why?

We just completed the voting in the Colorado primary and the statistics are worrisome. Only 36% of those registered to vote in El Paso County voted. I know it was "only" a primary but it was really...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Why Unaffiliated Voters Had Two Ballots

I recently received the following text message from a constituent. "I will not return my ballot because my ballot will not count. I am non-affiliated. Therefore, I get two ballots. But I can't select...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Juneteenth

June the 19th marks a special page in our country's history. It is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in our continuing efforts to see justice fully realized in the world we live in...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Voting for People, Not a Grade

Once again groups who rate bills and give current legislators scores based on their votes this past session have struck. You can see these scores on many websites. Whether conservative or liberal,...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Flag Day

You're a grand old flag, You're a high-flying flag And forever in peace may you wave. Flag day is one of the least celebrated nationally recognized holidays. There are no greeting cards, no exchange o...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Kicking the Can Down the Road!

You've all heard this term. Simply put, it means putting off the inevitable. The problem is, when it comes to transportation, to kick the can down the proverbial road, you actually need a road! Every...

 
 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... Full story

 

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...

 

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