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Kelly SloanKelly SloanAugust 9, 20186min4850

Last November, voters in School District 51, over in Mesa County, approved a mill levy override which increased property taxes by something like $6.5 million annually for 10 years, ostensibly to pay for classroom improvements and instructional expenses otherwise denied by an emaciated local budget. Well now word comes that changes enacted by the district subsequent to the taxpayer’s plebiscitary generosity are resulting instead in $1.2 million in salary raises for the district’s administrators, and nine new administrator positions.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanAugust 6, 20186min356

The cry goes up, as it does periodically, for the government to do something about the issue of child care expenses. More mothers are, of course, in the work force now than at any other time, and fewer households than ever claim a stay-at-home parent; so the problem is certainly acute, though the question is still asked in some corners as to what extent it is one that falls squarely on the government.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanJuly 13, 20186min234

The sense of grief shared at the news of Dr. Charles Krauthammer’s passing, coming only a few short, agonizing weeks after his informing us all of the terminal nature of his illness, surpassed somewhat that normally reserved for public figures of whom most have had little, if any real personal knowledge, especially commentators. Presidents and other heads of state seem to merit a period of national mourning owing to their station of leadership. Certain entertainers have the ability to exert an almost familial hold on the hearts and minds of at least some members of the general public. Billy Graham was a source of spiritual salvation for millions. But commentators, while rising to the level of celebrity, at least for those enamored or engulfed by the political life, are increasingly perceived as tendentiously vulgar, coming at us in short, vituperative bursts, generally repeating well worn talking points in adherence to the principle that repetition is the foundation of persuasion.  


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanJune 29, 20186min295

President Trump’s approach to foreign affairs has been blunt, to say the least, and certainly has not conformed with what has come to be accepted as de rigueur diplomatic behavior. But, while bearing the president's distinct mark, the approach is not entirely unprecedented, and has even spawned some considerable successes, mostly centered around reversing mistakes of the previous administration and reasserting American strength. But the mutual temper tantrums displayed by the playboys-in chief of the U.S. and Canada at the end of the G-7 meeting in Quebec – on the eve of the North Korea summit – might indicate an unwillingness on Trump’s part to keep his eye on the important ball.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanJune 25, 20186min684

The Democratic primary race for governor of the state of Colorado took on a certain air of the surreal in the waning days of the contest. It began a few weeks back when a group supporting Cary Kennedy ran what one presumes was supposed to be an attack ad against both Jared Polis and Mike Johnston. The elements were all there – the unflattering photos, the cropped headlines, the accusatory voice-over – and yet curiously the message was laudatory, pointing out pro-education positions allegedly taken by both candidates. Specifically, the ad credited Polis for apparently at some point in his life supporting the extension of educational opportunity to all regardless of income in the form of a voucher program, and Johnston for sponsoring a bill to improve teacher performance and accountability.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanJune 1, 20186min371

This week opened with that most distinctly American of observances, Memorial Day. Much is written every year at this time, and in a variety of forums, about the need, demanded by collective national honor, to recognize that the day is set aside for a much more somber reason than providing a chronological landmark to let Americans know when summer starts, and I ought not belabor the point here, beyond noting how regrettable it is that such reminders are necessary.