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 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    November 7, 2018 

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...

 

Health

As the ranking member of the Colorado State House Committee on Public Health and Human Services, I frequently attend meetings and seminars on related topics. Recently I was at the El Paso County...

 

Amendments Y and Z

Both of these amendments are designed to do away with the partisan re-arrangement of voting districts we experience every 10 years. You may have heard the term "gerrymandering." Gerrymandering refers...

 

Vets and Votes- Why It's Important

In the next few weeks two important events will take place. Ballots and Veteran's Day! You should know by now how much work I've done to help our Vets. I honor, respect, and APPRECIATE them every day....

 

Funding Education and Paying Teachers in Colorado

The state of Colorado, through your senators and representatives, allocates money on a per-pupil basis and sends that money to the local school districts. Seems fair, but it may not be. A large...

 

Pushing People Over the Cliff

As a fiscal conservative, I am very aware of the impact I have if I vote for something that spends YOUR money. And this certainly applies to any expansion of benefits. However, there are cases where...

 

Family Medical Leave... is Colorado ready?

Many people believe that the job of a legislator is part time. Nothing could be further from the truth. During our "break" we spend hours developing legislation for the upcoming session. Working with...

 

Medicine, Why Does It Cost So Much?

Both candidates for governor of Colorado have indicated their plans for providing healthcare to Coloradans. In essence, Mr. Polis wants a big government approach with health decisions made by...

 

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

During the last couple of months, so many people in the Fountain Valley have been affected by ice, fire, wind, flooding and contaminated water that it could have overwhelmed the service people respons...

 

Interim? What's That?

Daniel Webster defines the term interim as "a period of time between events." And supposedly your state legislators are in session 120 days, from the beginning of January to early May. Then they have...

 

Thank You, President Trump

President Trump is well known, especially in the media, for his inappropriate tweets and comments. What is not well know are his accomplishments. As with any administration, it's easy to find fault....

 

Iran Treaty and the Paris Accords----Why?

Most nations have a goal of creating the best environment to insure a high standard of living for its citizens. Some attempt to level the trade playing field by providing tax breaks and subsidies for...

 

Executive Orders and DACA

Why would President Trump suspend the DACA program and allow children to be separated from their parents at the U.S. border? Because he wants to stop the dictatorship of the Executive Branch and...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    July 25, 2018

George- Where Are You When We Need You?

Almost every year between Flag Day and the 4th of July our family watches an old black and white movie made in 1942. It's called "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and it stars Jimmy Cagney in a Hollywood...

 
 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...

 

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