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Thursday, June 5,2014

The Polis/Hickenlooper fracking compromise; thanks, but no thanks

By Joel Dyer
Apparently Congressman Jared Polis wants to reenact it at the state capital by way of Governor John Hickenlooper’s proposed special legislative session that could come as soon as June 8 and will aim to keep local control over oil and gas development off the ballot this fall.
Thursday, February 27,2014

Why people who are unwilling to disclose their business relationships should not serve on city council

By Joel Dyer
I can’t believe that I’m having to write this in 2014. I can’t believe that there are actually elected members of Boulder City Council who are still acting like the idea of full disclosure of business relationships is somehow an inappropriate expectation.
Thursday, January 2,2014

City’s cleanup of teahouse site actually deserves kudos

It surprised me as well

By Joel Dyer
I spend most of my life analyzing what local governments are doing poorly. But last week it struck me that in my two decades of reporting on contaminated properties in Boulder County, this was the first time that a cleanup plan didn’t make fast and cheap its primary priorities.
Thursday, December 5,2013

COGA lawsuits against Lafayette, Fort Collins are latest insult to citizens by a selfish industry

By Joel Dyer
Honestly, do these people have no shame? News flash, COGA: You didn’t have to sue anyone, anywhere.
Thursday, October 24,2013

Time for Longmont voters to push back on disgusting 'push polls' and those they benefit

By Joel Dyer
First off, let me just warn you that I’m pretty angry about what’s going on in Longmont’s city council races.
Thursday, September 12,2013

Vaya con Dios

Who wants to live in a world where you can’t ride your horse to Utah?

By Joel Dyer
Ellen asked me what I was thinking, and it all became clear as the words left my mouth. “I don’t want to live in a world where you can’t ride your horse to Utah.” It was exactly what I was feeling, and it had nothing to do with horses.
Thursday, August 22,2013

Don’t trade pennies for your planet

Why we must municipalize our electric utility

By Joel Dyer
is an old political joke in my business in which a reporter who doesn’t much care for a particular candidate shouts out at a press conference, “Do you still beat your wife?” The candidate, who of course has never done such a despicable thing, quickly responds that the whole thing is a vicious lie.
Thursday, June 13,2013

NSA's domestic spying program: Beware the wolf

Our government’s domestic spying has damaged the nation more than any terrorist attack ever could

By Joel Dyer
If you just thought to yourself, “It makes me feel safer,” do America a favor and never vote again.
Thursday, May 30,2013

Failure to extend drilling moratorium sparks talk of recall election for commissioners

By Joel Dyer
If the emails crossing my screen these days are to be believed, then last week's vote by the Boulder County commissioners to allow the county's moratorium on oil and gas drilling to expire is shaping up to be the Lexington/Concord of the great fracking showdown.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Hiding behind the flag

How the oil and gas industry exploits patriotism to screw America

By Joel Dyer
Every time I drive by a drilling rig with an American flag attached to it I want to tear it down and hand-deliver it, along with a few choice words, to the industry marketing jerk who signed the order to put it there.