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Dave DaviaDave DaviaNovember 26, 20185min177

For months, news reports, candidates and politicos touted the countdown to election day. With the votes cast and results behind us, we can turn our collective attention to another milestone on the calendar that will have a huge impact on our economy – the holiday shopping season. While retailers across the state have been preparing for a busy season, they have also been plagued with a new cabal of bureaucratic red tape that threatens their success and presents an almost insurmountable challenge for many.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 23, 20187min191

Today is Black Friday, an invented marketing tool that encourages us to shake off our turkey and dressing stupor and to head to the mall, the shops, main street, and, if you had that extra piece of pie, the computer, to start our holiday shopping. And if you are like me (Ed: Hal, very few readers are like you), you will end today having made a few purchases, eaten a few leftovers, and ruminating about the Cog Railroad (Ed: See? Told ya).


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanNovember 22, 20186min193

The occasion (this happening to be published on Thanksgiving) organically calls for an examination of that for which we profess thanks, or rather that which we ought to, as a people. It is, of course, growing ever more difficult for Americans generally to conceive of themselves as “a people,” with tribalism in its various forms wreaking its divisive havoc. No one who regularly reads a publication entitled “Colorado Politics” can remain immune to the reality of how deep the divide along political lines has grown in the last decade or so in our nation, nor how stark those philosophical differences – real or perceived – have become. Offering even nominal support of a president from the opposing party, for instance, simply out of respect for the office, may have at one time been merely a tough, but necessary and patriotic, pill to swallow; today it is virtually inconceivable.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 21, 20185min348

The Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards, which have been active for almost a year, help protect Colorado’s fresh air and our robust recreation economy. However, our government is putting the interests of the oil and gas industry ahead of our health, well-being and environment. The EPA is intending to weaken the standards and held its one and only public hearing on its proposal last week in Denver.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 20, 20186min259

Water awareness is becoming increasingly important, not just for desert cities like Las Vegas, but more and more for, well, everyone in Colorado. And while finding water in mines and other unusual places is helpful, there is a very significant problem facing Colorado and the American West that we, as citizens of the region, must demand our leaders address. To complicate matters, the policies and laws required to properly address the coming water crisis will directly impact what many westerners feel are their fundamental rights and freedoms.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonNovember 19, 20186min317

CRED (Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development) demonstrated that you could drive support for a ballot initiative from 70 percent to less than 40 percent on Election Day with a mere $35 or $40 million dollars. If you add in two or three years of positioning ads, featuring geologist Moms (“I would never put my kids at risk”) together with ranch families (“Our fracking royalties will allow us to pass along our family lands to our kids”), which preceded the 2,500-foot oil and gas drilling setback proposal better know as question 112, that expenditure climbs to $50 or $60 million dollars. Needless to say, Colorado’s oil and gas industry didn’t open its wallet so generously solely because of an abiding commitment to good government.