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Chamber supporting ‘Lifted’

As many of you may have heard, we here at North 40 Productions are producing a film entitled “Lifted” that celebrates the love skiers and snowboarders have for their sport and their home mountain, set at our local ski area, Mission Ridge. Once finished, after throwing a giant party with the Mission Ridge community, the plan is to push this movie in front of a much wider audience through national broadcast television and worldwide digital platforms like iTunes and Netflix.

A wise investment in America

President Obama used very personal terms to introduce his “My Brother’s Keeper” campaign to help young minority men with a variety of coordinated intervention efforts. Citing his own childhood struggles, his anger and subsequent poor decisions — including drug use — Obama made clear that this new effort is very dear to him.

Once upon a moonbeam

In matters cultural, California has always been America’s petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.

Misreading Putin, and history

One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. It really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.”
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GOP’s crocodile tears over jobs

WASHINGTON — At the risk of repeating myself, the federal minimum wage is far too low and needs to be raised. Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back — and lots more.

As a nation, we’re still too fat

CHICAGO — If the recently announced dramatic decline in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds holds steady, then in about 18 years it will be fair to say a dent has been made in the obesity epidemic.

GOP choosing candidates more wisely

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In today’s unforgiving politics, both parties often think: “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t darken our door again.” Ken Buck, however, had another idea.

Obama’s best hope for change

President Obama’s new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color — “My Brother’s Keeper” — is cause for cheer.

Putin’s Ukraine gambit

Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the (20th) century.”

The discipline of parenting

American parents seem to be producing three different and fundamentally broken childhood experiences by pushing, coddling or shrugging off their kids.

Perfect climate for liberals

The many jaundiced assessments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the fifth anniversary of its enactment were understandable, given that the sluggish recovery, now drowsing through the second half of its fifth year, is historically anemic. Still, bleak judgments about the stimulus spending miss the main point of it, which was to funnel a substantial share of its money to unionized, dues-paying, Democratic-voting government employees. Hence the stimulus succeeded. So there.

Republicans are getting to yes

WASHINGTON — Republicans have excelled at concealing their brilliance in recent years and Democrats have exalted in their own good fortune.