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Columns

  • Our survival comes from tribal instincts

    Before the Oct. 1 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 madman’s lunatic ravings. How would they/we handle the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” given it was the first home game since POTUS’s flag-wrapping assault on the First Amendment?

  • Self-delusion and randomness

    The more media noise, the clearer the entire issue surrounding guns. Is the recurring tragedy-based discussion over gun control/elimination or is it over violence connected with guns? These are not the same issues, yet the debate seems to treat both as synonymous.
    Proponents of the gun control/elimination faction take false refuge in widely acknowledged but misleading statistics. The figure of 33,000 is often used as the number of annual firearm-related deaths.

  • Free speech and the communication crisis

    Alisha Hill

  • 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 or eight hours, or 10 hours. And then people just stop going.”
    — Steve Harelson, CDOT program engineer; Denver Post, Aug. 23, 2017

    In my Sept. 7 online column, my response to Harelson’s query was, “Exactly. At what point will people quit coming up? What is that tipping point?”

  • Beware the DAMN Syndrome

    Former Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill is generally credited with coining the phrase “All politics is/are local.” While the true origin of this insight is primarily one of a “top-down” voting mechanic, for the rest of us it is a warning of the need for “bottoms-up” awareness.

  • The power to make a difference

    Alisha Hill

  • Getting the most out of the new archive library

    Alisha Hill

  • Maybe CDOT should focus on I-25 instead

    It is written that it’s never too late to find religion, to drink the Kool-Aid, to swoon and cry out in exultation, “I believe!”  When one is raised Catholic, mea culpa, which translates to “my bad,” is indelibly etched onto one’s psyche.
    Having the minimal life that I have, which is to say not having one, I keep giving this Interstate 70 expansion craze way more thought than sanity permits. Color me crazy.

  • Pineapple, pizza and the Ides of March

    Can we talk? There’s some heavy stuff out there needing attention, so much so that my head does Linda Blair “Exorcist” revolutions, a veritable whirling dervish, trying to get around them. So much so, I was fumbling and bumbling about where to start, about which topic to zero in on.

  • Who is willing to take a punch?

    President Donald Trump learned the art of political/legal pugilism at the knee of his father and within earshot of Roy Cohn. While many are familiar with his father’s legacy and experience in developing New York City real estate, Roy Cohn first achieved a measure of notoriety as an aide to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. He later assisted the Trumps (Donald and his father) as an attorney in bringing suit against the Justice Department. He famously advised the Trumps that, “When they hit you once, hit them back a hundred times!”