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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.
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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?
Thursday, November 6,2014


By Joel Dyer
The outcome was not a surprise to most observers who knew that Monsanto and the industrial food complex would stop at nothing to defeat the measure. Meetings had been held by industry insiders several months ago at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs to create a strategy for defeating this Colorado citizens’ proposition.
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Thursday, September 4,2014

A new shade of green

Americas Latino Eco-Festival is a six-day conference for people of every color

By Joel Dyer
Note to Boulder County citizens who care about the environment: the Americas Latino Eco-Festival is not an event intended solely or even primarily for Latino audiences.
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.
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Thursday, July 17,2014

A promise kept

Immediately following last September’s devastating flood, Craig Ferguson vowed to have his Planet Bluegrass festival grounds rebuilt better than ever in time for RockyGrass. Truth be told, a lot of folks thought that was impossible.

By Joel Dyer
Within days of being hit by the flood, despite all the carnage he had witnessed, Ferguson announced to the world that his Planet Bluegrass Ranch would be ready for festival-goers by the time RockyGrass arrived a short 10 months later on July 25, 2014.
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.