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Funt: Clinton stirring the wrong passions (column) (1)

April 25, 2015 — 

The troubling thing about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is that she is arousing passion among the wrong groups for the wrong reasons.To hear her Republican opponents you’d think the election …

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Reagan: Hillary this. Hillary that. All day long. (column) (2)

April 25, 2015 — 

We’re just a week into her long slow victory trot to the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nomination and already I’m sick of the media coverage of Hillary Clinton.You can’t escape her. …

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Class electrified by ‘Liver-Eating’ Johnson (3)

April 25, 2015 — 

Recently I devoured a short book of nonfiction with a very odd title: “The Committee for the Reburial of Liver-Eating Johnston: Memoirs of a Dyslexic Teacher,” by Tri Robinson. It’s …

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Leave the Reiling Dredge to its own devices (column) (4)

April 25, 2015 — 

Leigh Girvin wrote an article on NOT restoring the Reiling Dredge. I agree with her. To reiterate, in speaking from a cost vs. benefit basis the cost of saving the …

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Double-speak on powerful speakers: Obama’s OK, but not Ted Cruz? (letter) (5)

April 25, 2015 — 

Re: Jason Stanford’s opinion stating that Mr. Ted Cruz, presidential candidate, deserves a gold star for his ability to give a great speech, but then suggests everyone forget Mr. Cruz …

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A spiritual journey out of the Persian desert (6)

April 24, 2015 — 

The following is part two of a three-part series excerpted from “Journey to Eschaton,” a spiritual memoir written by Summit County’s own pastor shredder, Bud Hill.To live on this planet …

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The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking (column) (7)

April 24, 2015 — 

I was flying the red-eye home to Portland, when the pilot spoke over the intercom. “We are currently over North Dakota. Below us are the famous Bakken shale-oil fracking fields.” …

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The early bird gets the worm, the prepared gardener gets veggies (column) (8)

April 24, 2015 — 

All of the Earth Day festivities have encouraged me to be more conscientious of my impact on the planet. In addition, I was reminded that in no time we will …

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End the war on deadbeat dads (column) (9)

April 23, 2015 — 

I had a deadbeat dad. The kind of slacker so egregious — so blatant in shirking his responsibilities — that he and his generation of counterparts inspired a series of …

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Thanks from the man in the straitjacket (letter) (10)

April 23, 2015 — 

I would like to offer my warm heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in making this year’s “straitjacket Challenge” FUN-raiser to benefit Mountain Mentors a rousing success (we’ve raised $4,500 …

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Hotels that throw out unruly guests may have to call a taxi (and pay for it too) (11)

April 21, 2015 — 

In a split-decision, the Colorado Supreme Court just announced that a hotel may be responsible for injuries that occur to a guest even after the hotel lawfully throws the guest …

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Government of the people, by the contractors (column) (12)

April 21, 2015 — 

War is the biggest big-government endeavor.So riddle me this: Why is it that the politicians quickest to salute the power of war tend to be the most anti-government?That’s right. Those …

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The 2016 Presidentail Derby is off and running (column) (13)

April 20, 2015 — 

“And they’re almost off.” Yes, the entrance to the 2016 Presidential Derby has officially been flung open wider than the gap between George Bernard Shaw and Pee Wee Herman. Backstage …

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An internet sociopath’s guide to destroying small businesses (column) (14)

April 20, 2015 — 

Is the Internet a blessing or curse? It might depend on who one asks. A consumer would likely wax rhapsodic about access to a world of stuff at highly competitive …

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Sirota: GOP’s libertarians aren’t all that libertarian (column) (15)

April 19, 2015 — 

In Republican primary politics, the libertarian brand carries cachet, which explains why many of the GOP’s presidential candidates are battling to position themselves as the one true standard-bearer of small …

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Hillary for America? Why? (column) (16)

April 19, 2015 — 

Hillary’s all in for 2016.Whoopee.She officially arrived Sunday — but not in the flesh.She announced her decision with a low-key tweet and a two-minute video featuring a diverse lineup of …

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Give Ted Cruz a gold star (column) (17)

April 19, 2015 — 

The key to understanding Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is not that he is a fighter or that he is an unwavering ideologue. To highlight his intelligence points the spotlight …

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Heard around the West: The metaphysics of the gun debate (column) (18)

April 18, 2015 — 

ARIZONADoes God care passionately about the right to bear arms? Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth kicked off a metaphysical debate in the Arizona Legislature recently, when he asserted that the Second …

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A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world (letter) (19)

April 17, 2015 — 

Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day this Wednesday, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made it official: U.S. consumption of animal products is not environmentally …

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Furnish: Forest Service is still in search of a mission (column) (20)

April 17, 2015 — 

Perhaps Ken Burns had the right idea when he named his public-television series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Even though I worked for the Forest Service for 34 years, …

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