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Like most such hearings, it was a kind of political Kabuki theater, where the participants ritually posture and preen, and the actual content of the show is a mystery to those unversed in the rituals of the genre. Continue Reading Water buffs still can’t agree on anything

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Leadership all that’s needed for change

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And now these issues, and the long-forgotten passions of long-forgotten politicians, are figuratively preserved in amber like long-dead mosquitoes. Continue Reading Leadership all that’s needed for change

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I’m not the only one breaking the law

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C’mon, fess up, did you pay your bill from the Stormwater Enterprise? It’s OK, neither did I.
Oh, I got the bill in the mail some time ago, and I put it aside to pay, and then I just didn’t.
I guess I had a Doug Bruce moment.
As you may know, ol’ Mr. Antitax, the Dougster himself, claims that the so-called stormwater fee isn’t a fee, but a tax; and as such, should have been authorized by a vote of the people. Continue Reading I’m not the only one breaking the law

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1962: We were brothers, we were young

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In an interview published last week in New York Times Magazine, author/screenwriter Nora Ephron was asked whether there are any advantages to growing older.
“This insistence on the joy of aging — this is all garbage,.” said the 66 year-old Ephron.
Well, I dunno. As it happens, I’m exactly her age, and I’m eagerly anticipating an event which, absent the steady accrual of years, I could never imagine attending.
Yup, it’s a reunion — my 45th college reunion. Continue Reading 1962: We were brothers, we were young

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Kramer … not Lionel Rivera, has been the real mayor of this city, the man who took on Doug Bruce and beat him, the man who gave credence and legitimacy to major community endeavors like the Regional Transportation Authority. Continue Reading Glad the creatives haven’t ruined the city

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One dumb idea that isn’t dead forever

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Unlike mere mortals, states don’t die. Colorado will be here 10, 20, a hundred years from now — and future Coloradoans will still be gambling away the rent money. Continue Reading One dumb idea that isn’t dead forever

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Primary politics no place for indifference

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Here’s a question for you: Which city raised more for Republican presidential candidates during the first quarter of this year, Boulder or Colorado Springs?
You already know the answer, don’t you? I wouldn’t bother to ask the question if the answer were obvious. Continue Reading Primary politics no place for indifference

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Springs used to lead way in tolerance

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What Radford was saying, of course, is that gays and lesbians are second-class citizens, eligible to pay taxes, but not eligible for the “special rights” that majority-approved groups qualify for by reason of their majority status. Continue Reading Springs used to lead way in tolerance

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There’s trouble ahead, trouble behind

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To recapitulate: State Rep. Larry Liston gets caught sending a foolishly inflammatory e-mail, and then his Democratic counterpart Mike Merrifield gets tripped up by one as well.
And before them there was Rep. Jim Welker, who made a habit of forwarding right-wing, faintly racist screeds to fellow legislators, lobbyists and members of the public. Continue Reading There’s trouble ahead, trouble behind

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Changes in attitudes, and in platitudes

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Now that the municipal election is history, it’s time to pay attention to 2008. We could, I suppose, do the usual — write columns, pontificate, complain, praise, blame and generally do the impotent journalist thing … but it’s time for a change!
What about really mixing it up — being part of the process, participating fully in our precious American democracy? Elected office? Been there, done that. But how about trying to become a delegate to the national convention and help choose the woman or man who will lead our country for the next four years? Continue Reading Changes in attitudes, and in platitudes

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