March 16, 2013
As we fall into the sequester rabbit hole, don’t be surprised when perception of the size of things becomes distorted. Everything and nothing is relative in this latest iteration of the deficit crisis that simply will not die. Price tags for programs ripped from their budgetary moorings and held up for ridicule or support flicker and flutter like Tinker Bell, struggling to survive while her television audience dwindles, drained of passion by this endlessly repeated Promethean struggle.
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February 23, 2013
According to the Labor Department, the purchasing power of the federal minimum wage, after adjusting for inflation, has dropped twenty percent (20%) since 1967.
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January 26, 2013
I’m having some difficulty believing that WalMart was not aware of Boulder’s interest in who was rehabilitating the PetSmart/Ross space in the Diagonal Plaza.The inquiries were pretty specific. Playing hide the pea for a while may have been fair game, but even “plausible deniability” has its limits.
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January 19, 2013
Every time I’ve written about gun regulations in the past, I’ve received a profanity- and threat-laced anonymous e-mail from the same person telling me I better watch my back. Not terribly persuasive, but the caustic missives do underline the need for mental health outreach to the tortured souls in our midst. Ever since Cain and Abel, mankind has wrestled with anger management issues. I don’t believe the NRA’s arms race solution is the answer.
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January 12, 2013
First, do no harm. Second, starve the trivial, feed the significant. Third,. the enemy of good is perfect. Fourth, water flows towards money. Fifth, government must know its limitations. For Colorado governance, that about sums it up. We don’t need to starve our beast, it’s already on life support. No one wants to pay more taxes, but should we consider doing so to secure our own future? To avoid squandering our children’s?
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June 1, 2013
Mike Bohn deserved far better than to be blithely thrown beneath the Buffs’ bus. Imagine what it must have been like to voluntarily assume responsibility for the flotsam and jetsam in the wake of the Barnett/Tharp shipwreck. Only a person with the enthusiasm, commitment and home town ties Mike possesses would have said “yes” to the offer. Don’t be surprised if the next Athletic Director for the University of Colorado is paid 2-3x what Mike was willing to accept. No good deed goes unpunished.
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December 29, 2012
It is the year 2100. Residents of Boulder County and their regional neighbors are 90 years into their pattern-changing experiment in sustainable community development. Guided by practical wisdom, sound science and an entrepreneurial spirit, they have evolved new land use and development patterns that reconnect them to thriving ecosystems and agricultural zones, support a variety of dense, walkable village centers and nurture a diverse population of young and old, low-income and affluent, and people of all races and creeds.
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December 15, 2012
Climate change is real. The evidence is all around us. It is irrefutable. It hardly matters whether it’s human-caused, if, by our actions, we can slow it down. We need time to adapt. Our hydrocarbon-dependent lifestyles will not be sustainable long term. We may not run out of such fuels soon, but if we burn them too quickly, accelerating climate change, it won’t matter. The earth will survive, but we won’t.
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December 1, 2012
My preference would have been to give Jon Embree another year. I think Mike Bohn wanted to give Jon another year, too. I don’t believe Mike, who grew up in Boulder and bleeds Black and Gold, was permitted to offer that option by the “powers that be,” whoever they are.
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November 17, 2012
It’s a curb, not a cliff. Panic will not ensue; except, perhaps, among the commentariat, but their hair’s on fire most of the the time anyway, while the rest of us, appropriately, go on about our lives. Even so, lame duck sessions rock. Let’s compare mandates: Republicans claim “success” in safe cngressional districts crafted in states they control. The President, having won the electoral and popular vote, points out that his determination to eliminate tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires could not have been more clear; adding that this policy receives broad support even among those who voted for Gov. Romney.
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