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Thursday, January 8,2015


Affordable housing vs. mass transit

By Joel Dyer
My suggested fix 20 years ago didn’t go over real well with a lot of people. I recommended that if the city were serious about economic diversity and affordable housing it should put several thousand mobile homes on open space and make them rent con trolled.
Thursday, November 20,2014

The rise of the green-talking climate change deniers

By Joel Dyer
We hear it all the time: “climate denier.” We spit the term like a swear word at the Koch brothers or countless Republican politicians. It’s a label we attach to oil and gas industry executives, coal barons and those who run our power generation plants. But what does it really mean to be a climate denier?
Tuesday, September 2,2014

Don't take the bait

Longmont Council appeals fracking ban decision, but beware Finley’s invitation

By Joel Dyer
You may recall that Tuesday’s vote was necessitated by Boulder County District Court Judge D.D. Mallard’s ruling in July that found Longmont didn’t have the authority to ban hydraulic fracturing within its city limits because the state was in charge...
Thursday, August 7,2014

Behind the Polis Betrayal

By Joel Dyer
Well, the first mistake Colorado citizens made was they trusted a politician, Congressman Jared Polis, to help them with their cause.
Thursday, July 24,2014

Fracking activists are the Tea Party of the Left?

Denver Post doing its part for the oil and gas industry’s disinformation campaign

By Joel Dyer
I’ve been waiting for the oil and gas industry to make this lame “Ralph Nader” argument to try to scare moderates. I just thought they would wait until mid October to trot it out.
Thursday, July 10,2014

In the real world, playing politics on immigration is a lot like murder

By Joel Dyer
Without anyone saying a word, we began to slowly move to our left trying our best not make a sound as we bend low and make our way along a faint trail that disappears into the manzanita and chaparral.
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.