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Thursday, September 26,2013

A good dose of art

Longmont artists open their studios to the public at just the right time

By Joel Dyer
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. — Pablo Picasso.
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Thursday, September 19,2013

Boulder County floods: What's in the water?

A look at potential flood-related impacts on human health and the environment

By Joel Dyer
Now that the waters are slowing and the levels are in decline, it’s time to begin the difficult task of assessing the potential damage that the flooding has caused — and may yet cause — to human health and the environment, and what we can do to protect ourselves.
Thursday, September 12,2013

Vaya con Dios

Who wants to live in a world where you can’t ride your horse to Utah?

By Joel Dyer
Ellen asked me what I was thinking, and it all became clear as the words left my mouth. “I don’t want to live in a world where you can’t ride your horse to Utah.” It was exactly what I was feeling, and it had nothing to do with horses.
Thursday, August 22,2013

Don’t trade pennies for your planet

Why we must municipalize our electric utility

By Joel Dyer
is an old political joke in my business in which a reporter who doesn’t much care for a particular candidate shouts out at a press conference, “Do you still beat your wife?” The candidate, who of course has never done such a despicable thing, quickly responds that the whole thing is a vicious lie.
Thursday, August 15,2013

Rocky Mountain Folks Fest preview: The hard road

Some artists use life's tough times to connect us all

By Joel Dyer
Art affects us. It’s powerful. It can knock us down like a hammer or keep us afloat even after we stop treading water.
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Thursday, June 27,2013

Silver lining for organic farmers in Monsanto suit

By Joel Dyer
On June 10, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling in favor of Monsanto in a lawsuit filed against the seed industry giant by Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA), et. al., in 2010.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Debunking the gas industry’s pitch

Does unrestrained drilling really lead to the promised tens of thousands of new jobs and energy independence?

By Joel Dyer
Marketing is a tough job, particularly when you’re trying to push something that most people don’t really want, say, for instance, a giant natural gas production platform stuck right in the middle of a neighborhood or next to a school or maybe even in someone’s backyard, provided the yard is big enough.
Thursday, June 13,2013

NSA's domestic spying program: Beware the wolf

Our government’s domestic spying has damaged the nation more than any terrorist attack ever could

By Joel Dyer
If you just thought to yourself, “It makes me feel safer,” do America a favor and never vote again.
Thursday, May 30,2013

Failure to extend drilling moratorium sparks talk of recall election for commissioners

By Joel Dyer
If the emails crossing my screen these days are to be believed, then last week's vote by the Boulder County commissioners to allow the county's moratorium on oil and gas drilling to expire is shaping up to be the Lexington/Concord of the great fracking showdown.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Hiding behind the flag

How the oil and gas industry exploits patriotism to screw America

By Joel Dyer
Every time I drive by a drilling rig with an American flag attached to it I want to tear it down and hand-deliver it, along with a few choice words, to the industry marketing jerk who signed the order to put it there.