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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012

STERLING JOURNAL-ADVOCATE

Opinion

www.journal-advocate.com DAVID McCLAIN, President & Publisher, SARA WAITE, Managing Editor, J. HOWARD CROOKS, Editor Emeritus

JOURNAL-ADVOCATE Sterling Journal-Advocate 504 N. Third St., Sterling, Colorado

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EDITORIALS

Fort Collins Coloradoan, on local business app

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he Colorado state Legislature may enter the app business.

Senate Democrats are pushing for legislation to create a statewide smartphone app that includes a database of locally owned businesses throughout Colorado.

The idea is for the state Economic Development and International Trade Office to create the online database by Jan. 1, 2014, and offer the information through a smartphone app. Businesses would pay $10 to be included. Lawmakers supporting the bill hope to help generate business for locally owned businesses and boost the economy. The concept is a good one and deserves to be vetted, including ensuring that this would be a cost-efficient approach for economic development. What is not yet known is how much it would cost the state office to develop the database (some might have thought the office already would have this information) and create the app. Some Republican lawmakers are balking at the bill, though, because they say such applications already are available and the state shouldn’t wade into the business of creating them. We disagree that the state should avoid the app approach, but it is sensible to consider whether the state is competing with existing businesses, particularly if they are Colorado-based businesses. And it is important to monitor if this app is not only used but also sustainable. In fact, we would encourage state officials to look at other opportunities for app development, including through the state parks system, human services and labor, among others. The proposal has one more vote in the Senate before it heads to the House. Meantime, lawmakers will wrangle over the proposal based on party lines. If only legislators would consider bills based solely on merit rather than party politics: is there an app for that?

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ou need just a few of things to become president: money, timing, a few smart people to run things — you are too busy to run things yourself because you are up in the sky traveling from campaign stop to campaign stop and also making fundraising calls — and, most important of all, luck. In the last few months, President Obama has gotten really lucky. The Republicans could not resist holding 20 debates to show the American people how brilliant they are, and a lot of Americans took a look and said, “That’s all you got?“ As the debate season has inched along, the president’s approval numbers have risen according to the latest Politico/GWU/ Battleground poll completed in late

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The face of HOPE

first met Sadie amidst preparations for the 2010 Run for the Roses Hope Gala. The Gala was just three days away. A group of extremely dedicated ladies was working in overdrive to create an event that would be nothing short of spectacular. It was the culmination of months of planning. Outside the Bank of Colorado Event Center at Northeastern Junior College, Vivian Hadley and Julie Sonnenberg were directing the placement of a large white derbystyle tent – the grand entrance to the Gala. Inside, the gymnasium was undergoing a magical transformation. Trina McConnell had personally strung miles of sparkling twinkle lights from the towering ceiling. Interspersed with wide ribbons of shimmering white fabric, they formed a tent-like canopy over the rented hardwood dance floor. Fifty-two round dining tables and 520 chairs had been arranged like wooden soldiers in perfect formation by Susie Schaefer. Kim Jackson and Candy Brecht had covered these tables with white floor-length cloths overlain with green silk. They were supervising a small army of volunteers who were meticulously setting each table – place by place. In the background, Sandra Condon and other volunteers were building crystal pyramids of glassware on tables to which Joy Dinsdale was applying toile skirting. Suddenly, the large garage door on the east side of the gymnasium began to open. The slowly widening space dramatically revealed an absolutely stunning white hexagonal gazebo topped with a weathervane silhouette of a racing horse. Handcrafted and donated by Dave and Nathan Japp of Japp Construction Company, it was moved inside the gym and carefully positioned between the stage and dance floor. It was the perfect finishing touch of Kentucky Derby

charm. Against this backdrop of organized chaos, a pretty young woman entered the room. Sadie was a freshman at NJC majoring in Cindy Agriculture Johnson Business and — Animal Science. NJC columnist As a HOPE Scholarship recipient, she had volunteered to help with Gala preparations. I was expecting her, but, to be honest, wasn’t convinced that a nineteen-year-old girl would be of much help. I could not have been more wrong. Sadie and I began working on a display of donated auction items. She was an extraordinarily mature young woman, intelligent and thoughtful – and Sadie was full of great ideas. After working together for a couple of hours, we had fashioned a dynamite display. Sadie is one of those impressive young people who give credence to the message on the Bank of Colorado billboard just north of Fort Morgan. It reads, “Work Ethic – Grown in Northeast Colorado.” While a full-time student at NJC, Sadie was member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was on the President’s List. During her freshman year, she was active in 4-H and the NJC Livestock Judging Team. As if this was not enough, Sadie also worked three part-time jobs, for Dr. Fredregill, Jones Pro Sports and as a tutor at NJC. Sadie is typical of HOPE Scholarship recipients. Ask any professor at NJC and you will hear that they are among our best and brightest students. They have significantly higher retention rates, GPAs and graduation rates than the student body as a whole. Because

Obama’s luck may be a Fluke

February to 53 percent and the Real Clear Politics average of seven polls showing Obama at 48.6. Yet Obama’s poll numbers have more likely risen due to an improving economy rather than the Republican debates.

Obama, however, has gotten incredibly lucky once again:

Roger Simon

— Syndicated columnist

But events, like rivers, can move very swiftly. And what today is an improving economy, by fall could be a wretched one once again. And the Republican primary debate season is probably over.

By Gary Trudeau

According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University,“Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between 4 and 7 million more votes than men in recent elections. In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion (of) female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of made adults who voted.” As former Democratic Party chief Howard Dean said recently, “There are just so many groups you can offend, and women are a pretty big one.“

He was speaking of Rush Limbaugh’s denunciation of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who wants Georgetown, a Catholic university, to provide birth control through its student medical insurance plan. On Wednesday, Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and said she “wants to be paid to have sex.” On Thursday, he said she was “having so much sex, it’s amazing she can still walk.“ Eventually, Limbaugh apologized to Fluke, saying: “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.“

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many come from families whose annual income barely exceeds the maximum allowed for federal assistance, they tend to be highly focused on completing a college degree.

We were grateful for Sadie’s assistance on that frenzied day in 2010. Yet, perhaps more importantly for us, Sadie brought the HOPE Scholarship to life. She put a face on it. The HOPE Scholarship was established to ensure that every young person in northeast Colorado who aspires to higher education can afford to go to college. It is a lofty goal of regional significance. Sadie reminds us that HOPE recipients are young people worthy of our investment. For 2012 only, the NJC Foundation will hold a new fundraiser for the HOPE Scholarship in lieu of the Gala. We call it Club 1941. This unique benefit will honor NJC’s 70-year history while promoting its future through the HOPE Scholarship. It is an opportunity for individuals, businesses, civic organizations and NJC alumni to join together to build the HOPE Endowment for future generations. Now a junior at Colorado State University, Sadie is working toward her bachelor’s degree — and here is the best part. Like many young people who attend college locally, Sadie plans to return to northeast Colorado after completing her degree. Work ethic is grown in northeast Colorado and students like Sadie portend a bright future for this region. Indeed, Sadie Adney exemplifies the Face of HOPE. For more information on Club 1941, this year’s benefit for the HOPE Scholarship Program, please contact Cindy Johnson at 521-6603.

All of this was part of what the Democrats are branding the “Republican War on Women” and hope in part to ride to victory on it, regardless of the state of the economy. Some Republicans understand this and see the potential danger. In Ohio on Saturday, Mitt Romney said weakly of Limbaugh’s comments, “It’s not the language I would have used.“ Democrats jumped all over that, with top Obama campaign aide David Axelrod sneering: “Wow. Profiles in Courage.“

By Bruce Tinsley


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