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Judson Haims: Prescription for a healthy holiday and tips to safeguard your medicines

December 17, 2018 — For many people, the holiday season means extra visits with family and friends, creating fun memories, sharing traditions and enjoying the warm glow of family. With all the decorating and activities, it's easy to let safety slip off your to-do list. But this is an

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Giving Thought: Colorado makes it easy to support young children

December 17, 2018 — As December progresses, many of us are considering our charitable giving for the year. I have six words of advice for you: Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. In our state, legislators in both political parties have agreed that chronically underfunded child care providers deserve

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Guest commentary: Vision for future of Aspen airport begins with public process

December 17, 2018 — Pitkin County is embarking on a community engagement process that will help define the vision for the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport for the next 30 years. At the center of this process is you, the community, the people who live, work and visit Pitkin County. I

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Scott Bayens: Soak the rich or save the planet?

December 15, 2018 — A couple of months back, on what was to be another normal mid-October morning, there was a frenzy of online activity and phone calls among developers, local real estate brokers, builders, architects and land-use planners. It was all the result of an urgent email from

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She Said, He Said: Couples drifting apart need a check on their ‘bid’ process

December 10, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, My wife and I have been together for five years and are starting to drift apart. It doesn't seem like there are any major issues, but the smaller daily interactions and disagreements are really starting to build up and take a

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Giving Thought: Today is the day to give … and give where you live

December 3, 2018 — With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, we're right in the heart of the giving season, when so many Americans make their annual charitable gifts. And it's no secret that Roaring Fork Valley nonprofits — whether they support the arts, the environment, education or social services

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Guest commentary: Optimism surrounds Connect for Health Colorado’s 6th open enrollment

December 2, 2018 — We are four weeks into this open enrollment and in Pitkin County our early numbers are already above last year's record-setting pace. The number of initial sign-ups is the strongest start to an open-enrollment period we have seen since opening six years ago. We don't

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She Said, He Said: Do your political differences point to something deeper in your marriage?

November 26, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, We need some advice and tools for learning how to coexist peacefully with diverging political views. We've been married for 27 years, and love each other very much. When we met neither of us was politically inclined, though one of us

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Guest commentary: What can I do to make ‘Medicare for All’ happen?

November 23, 2018 — Democratic control of the next House of Representatives opens a door for some action on single-payer Improved Medicare for All. While we don't expect a law to be passed in the next two years, the issue may be debated in committee and possibly on the

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Valley Life for All: Meet Sheryl and Diane as they redefine the perception of challenge

November 23, 2018 — Editor's note: The Aspen Times, in conjunction with Valley Life For All, is presenting a monthly series of profiles about people in our community who have different abilities. Twenty-seven percent of Americans experience some disability. One hundred percent are a part of our community. Each

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Is sporting a Patagonia fleece a political statement?

November 21, 2018 — In early November, I was surveying the aftermath of the Mesa Fire in west-central Idaho with several carloads of people from all walks of Western life. There were representatives from the timber industry, local elected officials, a team of "-ologists" from the Forest Service and

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Judson Haims: Understanding neuropathy can help with prevention

November 19, 2018 — Neuropathy in its simplest definition is nerve disease or damage. It is a relatively common condition and is not isolated to any particular part of the body. Injury, infection, exposure to toxins and alcohol/drugs can all contribute to neuropathy. Neuropathy affects: • Sensory nerves— nerves

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Giving Thought: Tax law could impact charitable giving

November 19, 2018 — Giving to your favorite charities may be more important than ever in 2018, because many nonprofits are bracing for a downturn in revenue. Due to changes enacted by Congress in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax incentives for Americans to give have

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Scott Bayens: Correction or crash? They typically are healthy for real estate and financial markets

November 17, 2018 — For those of us who lived through the Great Recession, the word "crash" might as well be one of the oft-used four-letter variety. There's been quite a bit of chatter and speculation about this subject of late, so allow me to lay out some facts

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Guest commentary: Colorado Mountain College gives gratitude, promise for future

November 13, 2018 — In the recent midterm election, history was made. Aside from all the attention on national and statewide matters, Colorado Mountain College became the largest special district in the history of the state to successfully "de-Gallagherize" its revenue. By a margin of more than 2-to-1 (71

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She Said, He Said: Where is line between porn and cheating in a marriage?

November 12, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, I recently discovered that my husband has been spending a lot of time viewing online porn. I've looked through some of the sites he's been on, but because some have different levels of interaction, I can't tell exactly what he's been

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Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument

November 11, 2018 — For over 80 years, indigenous people, connected for untold generations to a most unusual and enchanting portion of southwest Utah's landscape, urged the United States government to protect their homeland. None of those people who started that effort walk upon the Earth with us today,

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Giving Thought: When work can be literally life-changing

November 8, 2018 — Employment is vitally important for most of us, at least as a source of money and often as a catalyst for social relationships and self-worth. Imagine, then, what a game-changer a job could be for an individual with physical or cognitive disabilities. Finding jobs for

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Judson Haims: Time is now to help prepare your aging loved ones for the winter

November 5, 2018 — As we say goodbye to fall and prepare for winter, take a little time to consider how freezing temperatures, snow, the early onset and darkness of night, and holiday travel may pose formidable challenges for your aging loved ones. With temperature drops, older adults frequently

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Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska

November 5, 2018 — Allowing unethical and unscientific predator control practices on National Park Service lands in Alaska, as Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke is currently proposing to do, is contrary to federal law and the interest of all Americans. For 44 years, the state of Alaska and the

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