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Thursday, April 2,2015

It’s past time for Polis to decide on fast track for TPP

By Joel Dyer
Some people just can’t make up their minds. Where should I eat? Blue or red? The Voice or Dancing with the Stars? Obviously, indecision on the part of most people doesn’t have much significance for the rest of us, but that’s not true of everyone. When Congressman Jared Polis is indecisive, you better take cover. History tells us bad things happen when he struggles to make a decision on something until the last minute.
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Thursday, February 12,2015

Putting down another piece in the Jorma Kaukonen puzzle

By Joel Dyer
If you think of Jorma Kaukonen’s career as a jigsaw puzzle, the whole thing sort of makes sense. It began as a pile of disjointed pieces containing just a hint or color of things to come. Each day, each year, each decade the puzzle becomes more complete. Every new piece is connected to an older one while always expanding the emerging picture of the artist. Today we see an impressive, though still progressing, image of a musician that has been 50 years in the making.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Deception, the shared value of both parties

By Joel Dyer
There’s a downside to being the editor of a newspaper. It seems like every political organization in the state — including front groups for both major parties — feels compelled to send me its 10 favorite press releases every single day including Sundays and holidays.
Thursday, February 5,2015

The collapse of compassion

By Joel Dyer
Anne Harper and her family, along with their 14 or so neighbors, have a serious problem. The place they care about most, their home, is about to be changed forever and not in a good way.
Thursday, January 29,2015

STORIES WORTH TELLING

By Joel Dyer
I was speaking to a classroom full of journalism students a few years back when one of them asked, “How do you decide whom to interview?” At first, I just thought this question was another example of how far our J-schools have fallen in recent years...
Thursday, January 15,2015

End municipalization secrecy

By Joel Dyer
That said, I continue to be disappointed by the way that the City of Boulder conducts itself on this important issue — in particular its disregard for transparency, which seems to indicate that City Council and staff don’t think the people of Boulder can be trusted to understand complicated facts and make informed decisions.
Thursday, January 8,2015

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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.
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Thursday, December 11,2014

Fifty years and counting

The activism and music of Peter, Paul and Mary are still pushing us forward

By Joel Dyer
Like millions of Americans who lived through the 1960s, my home was filled with Walter Cronkite’s nightly narration of the events of the day. It seemed the struggle for civil rights was at the center of every newscast only to be replaced at times by the bloody coverage of the Vietnam War and the growing anti-war movement here in the states.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Losing my place

By Joel Dyer
I think all of us are influenced by a sense of place. Grow up amidst skyscrapers and it’s pretty easy to see humans as life’s central architects. Spend enough time in the wide-open West and you just might feel a bit less important in the overall scheme of things.
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?
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