4 Habits to Make You a Safer Driver

4 Habits to Make You a Safer Driver

Thanks to decades of public safety campaigns and road safety advertisements, we’re now driving on safer roads and in safer cars. As a result, road accident rates are going down. However, the figures are still too high, especially amongst younger drivers, with road collisions being the highest cause of death amongst young people in the UK. Whether you’re currently learning to drive, have just passed your driving test or have been driving your own car for a while, you can benefit from becoming a safer driver. Stick to Speed Limits Even going just a few miles per hour over the speed limit can have serious consequences in a collision. Although you might not feel that you’re going very fast at 30mph or 40mph when you’re behind the wheel, the … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Improve Your Fitness in College

Simple Ways to Improve Your Fitness in College

Keeping fit in college can often seem far too time-consuming, with other pressing issues such as submitting assignments on time, getting good grades, and keeping on top of revision taking precedence. When you have work mounting up quickly as lots of college students do, finding the time to work out at the gym daily can often be difficult, especially if by the time you’ve finished everything that you have to do, it’s late or you’re really tired. Thankfully, there are many small, simple changes that you can make to your routine that will help you to see significant results. Take Short Breaks With online programs such as the masters in social work online from Rutgers Online growing in popularity, more and more students are spending their day … [Read more...]

Why More Students Are Taking Online Courses

Why More Students Are Taking Online Courses

If you're thinking about going back to college or university, it's worth considering enrolling in an online course. The way people learn and obtain new qualifications has changed significantly in the last couple of years. As a wide range of technologies have improved, more colleges and universities have decided to offer online versions of many of their most popular courses. This is good news for students for the following reasons. You Get a High-quality Recognized Qualification In the early days of the internet, some fly-by-night operators offered online courses, but they were often of little value to the student and were not recognized by most employers. This situation has changed because most of the leading colleges and universities … [Read more...]

My 50 Favorite Christmas Songs: 2016 Edition

My 50 Favorite Christmas Songs: 2016 Edition

Who knew that a three-year stint could earn the power of tradition by missing a turn and crossing state lines? Yet I'm drawn back to updating the list of my 50 favorite Christmas(/Advent) songs, first posted in 2012. The list returned for 2013 and 2014 -- with changes and additions each time. It's back again, with a couple newcomers (including one thanks to my friend Jerry) and a little rearranging of the Top 10. The previous 2014 ranking for each entry follows in parentheses. Last time, I linked every entry to a free online version that best captures the respective song's quality (or just was available and sounded interesting). Most of the same links reappear on this version, though some have changed. If you want to know the reason … [Read more...]

Jeffco, Arvada Conservatives: Prepare to Vote

Jeffco, Arvada Conservatives: Prepare to Vote

Off-year elections can get easily overlooked. But this year, if you live in Jefferson County and especially Arvada, your involvement as an informed conservative voter is more important than ever. Please check out and share this sample ballot. Thanks to others for creating the ballot, but I share their recommendations wholeheartedly. First, for the Board of Education, it comes down to three simple items to remember to vote for: NO, NO, and NO on the union-backed, fact-challenged recall: If you need more information to understand why, check out Jeffco Students First and Kids Are First Jeffco Kim Johnson, District 3 Tori Merritts, District 4 For the first time in my memory, the local Arvada City Council races feature a full slate of … [Read more...]

Social Media Buzz Cannot Be Safely Disregarded

Social Media Buzz Cannot Be Safely Disregarded

In today's fast-paced social media world, disengagement is simply not an option. Whether it's an independent author like myself monitoring what people are saying about my eccentric title character, or a large corporation with millions of dollars of profits on the line, there is no excuse to lose track of what's being said about your brand on Facebook, Twitter, or other outlets. In this way, business and marketing are a lot like democratic politics -- a prominent topic on this site. It doesn't matter if the buzz is true or not. Our famous 16th president Abraham Lincoln once said about statesmanship: "A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, cannot be safely disregarded." Despite what some satiric Lincoln memes might suggest, Old … [Read more...]

Homeowner, Insulate Thyself

Homeowner, Insulate Thyself

We've just come through one of Colorado's uncommon extended cold, gray, snowy spells. That beautiful sunshine poked through, then poured out, this morning. Temperatures rose above freezing, and with it my spirits rose. Sustained cold is not my friend. Being able to come inside to warmth -- efficient warmth that doesn't drain the pocketbook -- is not something to be taken for granted. Good insulation is the answer. Not only for the cold times, to save your heating bills. But also when the warm days come, and the rodents, spiders, and box elder bugs look to make themselves unwelcome visitors. But if you're going to do it, do it right. Do your research and get informed. Even if you live in Colorado, like I do, the value of a well … [Read more...]

Felony DUI Bill a 2015 Colorado Commonsense Success Story?

Felony DUI Bill a 2015 Colorado Commonsense Success Story?

With a partisan split in the state legislature, Colorado won't see as many laws passed this year. For the most part, I count that as a positive occurrence. An important exception is House Bill 1043, brought forward by second-term Rep. Lori Saine (R-Firestone). HB 1043 would make it substantially easier for district attorneys to prosecute repeat DUI offenders with a felony offense. Earlier this month, the bill unanimously passed through the House Judiciary Committee. It must make a stop in the House Finance Committee before getting its first full floor hearing. As you can see in the graphic below, Colorado has one of the highest rates of DUI arrests per 10,000 residents. Would making the law somewhat tougher help? Fewer fatalities, one … [Read more...]

Independent Foreclosure Reviews May Offer Better Chance Second Time Around

Independent Foreclosure Reviews May Offer Better Chance Second Time Around

Going through a home foreclosure often can be a painful and difficult experience. I feel blessed to say my family has never had to go through the process, though it did happen to the previous owners of the house where we currently live. Foreclosure must be hard enough if the event happened as a result of one's own poor decision-making, or as a result of unexpected, unfortunate circumstances. But it has to be even worse if someone was harmed and removed from their residence because of errors made by the bank or other lender. Who is held responsible when such an injustice occurs? Congress stepped in to try to solve the problem, particularly for those adversely affected during the height of the economic downturn in 2009 and 2010. Yet … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Ruling Could Make Colorado a School Choice Destination

Supreme Court Ruling Could Make Colorado a School Choice Destination

Anticipation is building among school choice supporters for a Colorado court ruling that could create wide and deep ripples in the fabric of American K-12 education. On Dec. 10, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Taxpayers v. Douglas County Board of Education. The case’s third and decisive round of legal hearings will test whether an unprecedented local school choice program not only will survive, but also could multiply. The ruling could embolden other local Colorado boards of education to offer parents educational options outside the public system, and inspire policymakers hoping to expand choice in other states. …Read the rest of my article at Watchdog Arena…. … [Read more...]