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Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A handwritten letter can speak volumes

Once a week, I go fishing. I throw a few lines out, and I never know what I am going to catch. I received an extraordinary, handwritten, four-page letter (with enclosures) from a reader named Janet …
Craig Marshall Smith

Haiku contest seeks / your work to be sent in by / February date

Get out your haiku. Traditional haiku are three-line poems. The first and third lines have five syllables each. The middle line has seven syllables. Haiku rarely rhyme. There are modern haiku with …

Looking forward by looking back

Slap-Happy New Year! There’s a God by the name of Janus, who looks both forward and aft, Looking back, things appear rather heinous, look ahead and it’s almost as daft. Old Swivelneck looked at …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

There’s more to Elvis than the same old song and dance

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, a Tuesday, the day I received a call that changed my life. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this. I was living in Mesa, Arizona, and I was looking for a …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Living on borrowed time, and in no rush to pay back

I conclude every calendar year of columns with one that explores what makes life worth living. The time has come, the walrus said. This year’s will be a little different. First, I think an …
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Sales tax increase for roads is unjust

It is misguided to have a sales tax to fix roads. There is already a tax assessed for that purpose — the gas tax, in which users pay at the pump. To assess a sales tax to fix our roads is like …

Letter to the Editor: The magnitude of a tax increase

The Denver City Council, led by Councilman Jolon Clark, has a measure on the November ballot which would generate $46 million a year for parks. This would entail raising the city sales tax from 3.65 …

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