Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Have you been following the controversy of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick?

If you're not familiar with the situation, I am surprised. If you watch TV, cruise the Internet or delve into Social Media, you've been inundated with the story.

I just have to ask: where do you draw the line on freedom of speech and expression? This guy decided he would protest racial inequalities and issues by not standing during the National Anthem of one of the 49ers' preseason NFL games. He was resoundingly trounced throughout all of the aforementioned mediums.

Just two weeks ago, U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas raised ire by not placing her hand over her heart during the playing of the National Anthem during the gold medal ceremony for the U.S. team. She was also chastised for her lack of patriotism.

I ask again, where do we draw the line of how to properly express or protest something within our rights? I don't have the answer. I'm not sure anyone does.

But I do have this challenge for Kaepernick: aren't there better forums to protest the racial issues you are trying to bring into the spotlight? Could you have done something different, something that wouldn't offend those who have served their country? They paved the way for you to have the freedom to be a professional football player in a country where you can express your opinions.

As my millennial friends would put it: "Just sayin'."

Monday, August 1, 2016

I had a wonderful time celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Colorado Press Women last week. President Sandy Nance was my fabulous host.

The CPW organizers had the perfect program - remembering the history and memorable moments throughout the years - and learning more about the women who founded the group.

Please enjoy these photos from Tuesday, July 26 - the actual 75th anniversary. Congratulations to CPW, and here's to 75 more!

Happy Birthday to Colorado Press Women!

The pitch from NFPW to Colorado.

The meaning of a word can certainly change over time!

CPW COA Carol Anderson (left) listens to COA Director Sandy Graham during the COA award presentation.

President Sandy Nance holds the proclamation.