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Slow it down

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When your daughter and her friends come home from college during winter break, you catch up on basic popular-culture phenomena. This includes terms, such as “rad” (for radical), music, and television shows, such as “Portlandia” (covered in the snobbish The New Yorker). It’s not that high culture needs to legitimize popular culture, but rather that… Continue Reading Slow it down

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Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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I supported the strong mayor initiative and wrote favorably about the “Jenkins’ Proposal” that made it happen. I also supported Richard Skorman out of loyalty and a belief that with a new structure in place, experience would count. A strong mayor is essential, and I now believe that Mayor Bach is the right man for… Continue Reading Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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The 2012 economic forecast

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You innocently ask people you just met what they do, and sometimes the answer isn’t what you expected. I asked a woman I had met recently that question. The answer: dental hygienist. Then I asked her what’s the most interesting thing she learned in that career, and she cheerfully answered that if you floss your… Continue Reading The 2012 economic forecast

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Who’ll turn on the lights?

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Colorado regulators have agreed to a compromise between environmentalists and energy companies. They will require energy companies and natural-gas explorers to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing starting in 2012. This compromise sets the tone for natural gas exploration around the nation. And this is good news for all of us. The mix… Continue Reading Who’ll turn on the lights?

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New Year’s resolution: No more wars this year

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It’s customary to make New Year’s resolutions that last a few days at the most. Lose weight, exercise more, be nice to rude people, park as far as possible and enjoy the walk to the store. But the year that passed requires a more serious approach to our wishes for 2012. The Iraq war is… Continue Reading New Year’s resolution: No more wars this year

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Consider Tebow, Newton and Christmas this season

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As Christmas arrives, believers and non-believers alike participate in the time-honored, all-consuming orgy. Perhaps they believe that once a year their generosity and goodwill goes beyond the personal and spins the nation’s wheels of commerce: About 20 percent of annual retail spending occurs between Black Friday and Christmas. Perhaps we are fed up with bad… Continue Reading Consider Tebow, Newton and Christmas this season

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Eliminate the fire dept.?

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It’s easy to conjure images of firefighters from movies, their heroic efforts to battle flames and save lives. And no one can forget the images of 9/11, seeing the firefighters who lost lives while saving others, selflessly doing what they do best. And those cute Dalmatians, who can resist them? But that heroic nostalgia and… Continue Reading Eliminate the fire dept.?

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A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has some interesting ideas, and they don’t all make sense but let’s consider a recent one. During a CBS “Face the Nation” interview, Paul said the idea that the U.S. must have 900 military bases spread over 130 countries is an old fashioned. “It makes no sense at all,” he… Continue Reading A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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Listening is a public duty

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Take any business course, and one of the first things you will learn is that you should listen to those you communicate or have a relationship with, especially if these are your customers. Without listening to them, how would you know what they want? Why is this simple lesson lost on politicians? Perhaps those who… Continue Reading Listening is a public duty

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Be mindful and grateful this Thanksgiving

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Instead of belaboring the painful debates about pilgrims, natives and Thanksgiving, let’s jump right into its reality: Thanksgiving is a feast accompanied by televised football games. The rituals associated with this feast bring together the best America offers: abundance without guilt. As we experience the bounty of the land or supermarket, we collectively over-indulge, sampling… Continue Reading Be mindful and grateful this Thanksgiving

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