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Thursday, April 4,2013

Media madness

As influence of news, other media grows, new concerns arise over its impact on our culture

By Joel Dyer
Things have certainly changed since media critic Jerry Mander made the above observation, but not as much as we’d like to think. Thanks to computers and the Internet, we now have more screens from which to get our secondary, mediated messages, and we now spend even more of our time substituting them for input from the real world.
Thursday, April 4,2013

A stuck pendulum

Conference on World Affairs tackles lost civil liberties, privacy rights

By Jefferson Dodge
The loss of civil liberties, especially privacy rights, over the past dozen years is among the topics that will be discussed extensively at this year’s Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Thursday, April 4,2013

The world on Boulder’s doorstep

65th Conference on World Affairs offers something for everyone

By David Accomazzo
As far as — well, academic isn’t the right word — intellectually minded events go, the Conference on World Affairs (CWA) is pretty chaotic.
Thursday, March 28,2013

State resurrects fund that compensates communities for oil/gas impacts

By Jefferson Dodge
The state has resumed pouring millions of dollars into a 35-year-old fund that aims to offset impacts caused by oil and gas operations and other forms of resource extraction.
Thursday, March 28,2013

On shaky ground

Impacts of seismic testing for oil/gas exploration disputed

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
While much has been made of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, another possibly negative side effect of oil and gas operations has emerged. It’s called seismic testing, and it’s beginning to cause a stir nationally.
Thursday, March 21,2013

GMOs vs local food system

Is county government depriving our economy of millions of dollars by making the wrong choice on open space lands?

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
It’s springtime in Boulder County. Birds are building nests, lawns get a little greener with each passing day and, like the swallows to Capistrano, the talk of how to stop genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from being planted on county open space lands has returned.
Thursday, March 14,2013

Boulder County: $7,500 for open records request justified

By Jefferson Dodge
In what may be another case of a government agency gouging citizens for access to public records, Boulder County officials are defending their estimate that they would have to charge someone $7,500 for documents related to the testing of a controversial ballot processing machine used in the last general election.
Thursday, March 14,2013

Are we less safe with secrecy?

By Elizabeth Goitein
President Barack Obama began his first term by pledging to bring an unprecedented level of transparency to government. Although he has done that in some areas, it has become apparent that his pledge came with an asterisk: In matters of national security policy, he has largely continued and even intensified his predecessor’s secretive practices.
Thursday, March 14,2013

Federal scientists face obstacles sharing knowledge

By Celia Viggo Wexler
Did you hear the story about the federal scientist and the two-headed fish? The fish? Maybe, but likely not the scientist.
Thursday, March 14,2013

Media and public both have roles in oversight

By Jim Lee
The caller on the other end of the phone line was near exacerbation. He had been given the run-around by government officials, the very people he put in office to represent him, and his quest for answers was met time and again with roadblocks.
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