Dear Elizabeth Warren: When we heard the news last Thursday morning, even though we knew this was coming, we felt a little gutted, not for your presidential candidacy falling so short but because...
DATE: March 12, 2020 |
One of the things people often get wrong about Robert Frost is assuming he was a New Englander. He was a Californian, which is useful to keep in mind when you suppose what you are seeing in his...
DATE: March 9, 2020 |
Our politics and our pandemic have had some unfortunate overlap, not least of which is Democrats and Republicans trading charges of politicizing all responses to the coronavirus – which perhaps...
DATE: March 5, 2020 |
Looking at Super Tuesday in the hard light of Wednesday morning, our first thought was Democrats might want to consider stocking up on canned goods for the long slog until June or November, or even...
We would be remiss, especially now, when the Democratic Party is poised to go farther left than it has been before, if we did not observe the 172nd birthday of the “Communist Manifesto,” published...
DATE: March 2, 2020 |
We like playing sports, much better than we like watching most professional athletes, but we are always willing to make exceptions. This conforms with the tastes of a border collie of our...
DATE: Feb. 27, 2020 |
In 1959, a mix-up resulted in the first state visit to the U.S. by a Russian or Soviet leader, and the first time one had set foot in the Western Hemisphere, when Nikita Khrushchev was accidentally...
DATE: Feb. 24, 2020 |
The word “propaganda” is not as modern as it sounds. It first pops up as Church Latin in 1622, naming a mission to spread the faith in non-Catholic countries. That is consistent with its modern...
DATE: Feb. 20, 2020 |
The first time we bumped into the term “rewilding,” our thoughts were, “Hubris?” and then “Jurassic Park!” The term, which seems to date to the 1990s, is actually more modest than that. It refers...
DATE: Feb. 17, 2020 |
Americans and much of the world have been treated lately to the specter of war and the theater of brinkmanship. There also have been seemingly no end of experts on the Mideast who tell us things...
DATE: Feb. 13, 2020 |
Robert Frost once wrote a very short poem: We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. This is worth remembering as we look at the Colorado electorate and...
DATE: Feb. 10, 2020 |
One would think we all would have had enough of fake news by now, but to hear some purveyors tell it, the need for it has grown along with the fake news, and making more of it is urgent if we are...
DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 |
From hot summer days to a wave of wildfire smoke and a cold blast from Canada, last week brought topsy-turvy weather to Southwest Colorado.
Snow from recent storms covers the mountains north of Durango.
A wintry storm covers the San Juan Mountains with snow.
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