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Michelle Barrette

  
  By Michelle Barrette
  Publisher

   It often seems to me that life used to be a lot simpler. Not only when I was growing up, but also when my daughters were growing up. I asked my editor, Marylou, if she thought we would ever get back to “simple.” She didn’t hesitate to say, “No.” So, we talked about the reasons we can’t go back.
   
   In the “old” days, there were many problems, more of the same — racial issues, gangs, violence, sexual abuse. But we did not have “cable news” stations! We didn’t have 24-hour news cycles. The term “breaking news” usually meant someone important had died or a horrific disaster had just unfolded.
   
   Technology has changed everything. Because of that, things will never be simple again. We can look up anything in a split second, cameras and cell phones are everywhere. Without the cell phone video taken by a bystander, we probably would have never heard of George Floyd. Technology has allowed us to progress in so many ways — medicine, transportation, communication. And technology won’t sit still — we will always be privy to whatever is going on in the entire world — if we want to know.
   
   If you look at the commercials today and you were born in the 50s, 60s, 70s, it could be said we are the age of TMI (too much information). So, it’s really a matter of when to cut oneself off from the TV, the computer, the cell phone, social media, etc. How much do you really want to know?
   
   Speaking of wanting to know something, we had decided at our last editorial meeting that we wanted to know where all the people flowing into Colorado were coming from. Three real estate agents had three different opinions (see Pete Gawda’s article). The only solid information I could find online was an article in “Westword” from 2019 that showed people new to Colorado were from everywhere, but more than 100,000 in the year 2018 came from these states:
   
   California (365,982)
   Kansas (101,329)
   Illinois (155,086)
   New York (135,248)
   Texas (200,481)
   
   The figures also showed that fewer than half of residents currently living in Colorado have original roots. Of the total population, 5,695,564, only 2,388,284 million started out in Colorado.
   
   According to an article posted at “outthereColorado.com,” Colorado ranked fourth among states where people are moving to. Florida topped the list, Texas was No. 2 and California was No. 3. Interestingly enough, Colorado ranked ninth among the most “moved from” states — California, New York, and Texas, respectively were the top three.
   
   I guess it is “across the board,” as one Realtor said!
   
   Be sure to check out all of the articles but also the columnists, where you will read about bee killers (instead of killer bees), allergies; and Mark has an interesting appeal to all of us. It’s a good idea!
   
   Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! In memory of the many fallen soldiers, we salute you on Memorial Day weekend. And thank you to all of our military.
   
   See you in June!
   
   - Michelle
  
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