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Thursday, July 9,2015

Thoughts on the Fourth of July

By Paul Danish
I’ve always felt that attempts by America’s nanny-statists to ban fireworks — in the name of safety and protecting the children, of course, the real last refuges of scoundrels — qualified as a little atrocity.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Shakespeare, like youth, is wasted on the young. Or is it?

By Paul Danish
“I am not supposed to dislike Shakespeare. But I do. And not only do I dislike Shakespeare because of my own personal disinterest in reading stories written in an early form of the English Language that I cannot always easily navigate, but also...
Thursday, June 11,2015

2016 and the demographics of social issues

By Paul Danish
The poll found that for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1999, the number of Americans who self-identified as “social liberals” equaled the number of self-identified as “social conservatives;” each group weighed in at 31 percent.
Thursday, May 28,2015

Obama’s silly speech

By Paul Danish
At a time when Islamic militants are rampaging all over the Middle East, in no small part due to Obama’s incompetent military and foreign policy decisionmaking, and in the same week that the cities of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria fell to...
Thursday, May 21,2015

The return of the ferret

By Paul Danish
One reason the feds are hot to turn the Arsenal into a pied-a-terre for the pieds noirs is because of the ferrets’ fondness for prairie dog. Each ferret is expected to eat between 100 and 150 prairie dogs a year (16,000 to 24,000 for 160 ferrets) according to refuge manager Dave Lucas.
Thursday, May 14,2015

The campaign to pass the Danish Plan

By Paul Danish
The campaign to pass the Danish Plan began in August 1976 with a panicked phone call to me from Councilwoman and future Mayor Ruth Correll. She wanted to know why the Danish Plan (officially called the Slow Growth ordinance) didn’t exempt affordable housing from its growth limits.
Thursday, May 7,2015

The road to the Danish Plan

By Paul Danish
It would be wrong to say that Boulder wasn’t concerned about growth until 1971. In the 1950s and 1960s Boulder was plenty concerned about growth — specifically about how to get more of it. And over the next 20 years, Boulder got the growth it wanted — good and hard.
Thursday, April 30,2015

The Danish Plan recalled

By Paul Danish
Participants in Boulder’s current conversation about growth are starting to allude to the Danish Plan, the growth control ordinance I wrote in 1976 that was adopted by a vote of the people in the November election that year, so I thought I’d provide some background on it — starting with what it said and didn’t say.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Boulder’s insane densification

By Paul Danish
The council’s land use and development decisions, motivated by a mindless, delusional obsession with affordable housing (whatever that is) and sustainability (whatever that means) has led to an explosion of dense, ugly development that is destroying...
Thursday, April 2,2015

How to provide higher learning at a lower price

By Paul Danish
In the 17th and 18th centuries, indentured servitude was your ticket to America if you couldn’t afford a ticket. And most folks couldn’t — because passage to America back then cost the equivalent of about seven years’ wages.