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Thursday, November 1,2012

Roger Sherman and the 210,328 complications

By Paul Danish
I can think of a lot of complications that ought to be taken into account when considering whether marijuana should be legalized — 210,328 complications, for openers. That’s the number of Coloradans that have been arrested for possession of marijuana since 1986.
Thursday, October 18,2012

The Denver Post supports marijuana legalization — before opposing it

By Paul Danish
In a perfect world, the proper way to end the war on marijuana would be for Congress to end it. But this isn’t a perfect world, and it is especially imperfect insofar as the war on marijuana is concerned.
Thursday, October 4,2012

The wrong marijuana message

By Paul Danish
The folks opposed to Amendment 64, which would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, are claiming (once again) that marijuana should be kept illegal “in order to protect our kids.”
Thursday, September 20,2012

The censored arguments for Proposition 64

By Paul Danish
When one side in a political discussion resorts to censorship to keep you from hearing the other side’s arguments, the censored arguments usually deserve serious consideration.
Thursday, September 6,2012

Nixon’s negative campaigns

By Paul Danish
Harvey and I were chowing down on an excellent plate of Alice B. Toklas fudge when there was a knock on the door. It was Richard Nixon.
Thursday, August 23,2012

The toxic hell of fracking (children welcome)

By Paul Danish
The anti-fracking activists who demonstrated at an oil rig on Boulder County open space last Saturday obviously don’t think fracking is very dangerous. How else do you explain the fact that they brought their kids to the demonstration?
Thursday, August 9,2012

No water for fracking? No problem

By Paul Danish
One of the latest — and sillier — local whines against fracking is that it is a profligate consumer of water that takes 33,000 acre feet of the stuff permanently out of the state’s hydraulic cycle.
Thursday, July 26,2012

A typical massacre in Aurora

By Paul Danish
In the case of the Aurora massacre (12 dead so far, 58 injured), there were more than 300 people in the theater when James Holmes allegedly started shooting and no one shot back; that suggests the theater was 99.66 percent gun free. And that alone tells you that the sort of disarmament gun control advocates want does not prevent mass murder, it enables it.
Thursday, July 12,2012

Fracking out of a recession

By Paul Danish
Let’s begin with a short quiz. What two things do the following nine states have in common: Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Montana, Oklahoma and North Dakota?
Thursday, June 28,2012

Oil wells vs. subdivisions

By Paul Danish
At a recent debate on fracking, Peter Champe of the Longmont anti-fracking group Our Future, Our Health, Our Longmont, summed up his group’s brief. Fracking is a major industrial activity, he said, and major industrial activities aren’t allowed in residential neighborhoods. Trouble is, that’s not quite accurate.