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Thursday, October 23,2014

Traveling with more than good intentions

Why well-meaning adventurites and volunteers sometimes do more harm than good, and how one local adventure company intends to set a better example

By Cassie Moore
On a visit back to his native country, on a trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Portland State University professor Bishupal Limbu remembers being uncomfortable because of his shoes. They were nice, they were meant for the occasion and the Australians he was trekking with had on similarly fancy boots.
Thursday, October 23,2014

The full reach of addiction

A look at how addictive substances are damaging the environment

By Caitlin Rockett
Humankind’s relationship with psychoactive substances can be traced back thousands of years to religious trances induced by specific plants and fungai. But some substances are more addictive than others, and opium, caffeine and nicotine have become commonplace, in some senses socially acceptable, vices.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Side projects

Paul Weissmann has his own plans for the Boulder County Treasurer’s office

By Josh Gross
It’s a slightly nebulous-sounding goal. But Weissman worked on and off in the state legislature for 20 years, and developed a reputation as something of a fixer, someone that bridges divides and makes things happen behind the scenes.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Just a number

Why a rating from one small group means more to some legislators than you do

By Matt Cortina
One group you’ve probably never heard of, the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, commonly referred to as CUT, holds significant sway in Denver, according to numerous legislators on both sides of the aisle. Specifically, their policies directly affect Republican action, even striking fear into Republicans who vote against CUT positions.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Is the way the state handles oil & gas complaints criminal?

Criminologists find troubling pattern of state agency under-reporting complaints and leaving Coloradans feeling voiceless

By Elizabeth Miller
When two Colorado-based green criminologists turned to examine the heated local issue of oil and gas development with their area of focus in mind — not what is a crime, but what should be considered a crime — they found a pattern among the response...
Thursday, October 23,2014

‘Punk’ kids refreshing in a stale political season

By Dave Anderson
The board quickly abrogated an agreed-upon pay raise for teachers and pushed through a new system linking teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests, rejecting a review by a third-party factfinder who ruled the new system too inaccurate to use for setting salaries.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Big Beer deceivers and bullies

By Jim Hightower
It’s bad enough that the goliaths of Big Beer are consuming each other in a new round of mega-mergers, meaning fewer choices and higher prices for consumers — but the really bad news is that they’re also going after the one bright spot on tap in bars all across the country: Craft beers.
Thursday, October 16,2014

My cannabis poll is better than yours

The inherent bias of polls makes them meaningless

By Leland Rucker
Next time you read or watch a news story about a survey or poll, stop reading or turn it off. It doesn’t mean anything. It won’t help you understand anything. You’re better off watching videos of parkouring goats.
Thursday, October 16,2014


By Dan Savage
Four years ago, I met a man on a “married but looking” website. We exchanged fantasies, which included wanting to have threesomes and a D/s relationship. He was 19 years my senior.
Thursday, October 16,2014


Week of Oct. 16

TAURUS APRIL 20-MAY 20: In 1987, a college freshman named Mike Hayes was having trouble paying for his education at the University of Illinois. He appealed for help to the famous newspaper columnist Bob Greene, who asked each of his many readers to send Hayes a penny. The response was tidal. Although most of the ensuing donations were small, they added up to more than $28,000 — enough for Hayes to finance his degree. I encourage you to take a comparable approach in the coming weeks, Taurus: Ask for a little from a lot of different sources.