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  • 2017

    I-70 is out of control

    On November 30, 1965, Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed” was released to the chagrin of auto manufacturers. Few thought the book would sell, but within six months it became a…

  • 2017

    The new scarlet letter

    In his classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays a heroic woman in Hester Prynne who is forced to bear a mark of shame by wearing a red A, meaning…

  • 2017

    The trouble with ‘news porn’

    The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. – Hannah Arendt, 20th-century…

  • 2017

    Voting is a civic duty

    I remember the ballot card my mother gave me to play with when a boy after she had voted at Bellwood School. It was on 3”x6” white stock with red and…

  • 2017

    Democracy requires active participation to survive

    Pop quiz: Name the three branches of government. List the rights enumerated in the First Amendment. Which Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law? What does suffrage mean? True or False:…

  • 2017

    Tribalism’s effect on democracy

    Last week, I began to explore tribalism as what essayist Andrew Sullivan calls, “our default human experience.” We’re born into tribes, choose tribes, feel stronger attachment to some, and rationalize our…

  • 2017

    Our survival comes from our tribal instincts

    Before the October 1st Oakland Raiders game, a wondrous unfolding took place at Mile High Stadium: A show of unity within Bronco Nation that had been buffeted by the White House…

  • 2017

    How do we do this?

    Even 25 years ago, traffic would back up, but it would be for an hour or two. Now, it’s four or five hours. What we’re going to move into is six…

  • 2017

    How does one spell hypocrisy?

    But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. – Matt. 19:14 (KJV) Nice sentiment, but sorry Big…

  • 2017

    Clear Creek is at the tipping point

    Everything has a cost. Cost, though, has a double entendre. Cost can be the price one pays for a product or service that becomes the amount a business or person providing…

  • 2017

    How do we save us from ourselves?

    There are times I miss the classroom. Last week was one. The Great American Eclipse taking place in the middle of a school day was a boon for Colorado teachers. I…