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Thursday, September 27,2012

For the record, I will be voting in secret

Elections officials insist on numbered ballots, but voters shouldn't have to comply

By Joel Dyer
Well, it’s another first for Boulder County. Or should I say another black eye? When Nov. 6 rolls around, I hear we will be the only county in the nation that won’t be guaranteeing its citizens the right to a secret ballot, or at least that’s what voter privacy activist Marilyn Marks says.
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Thursday, September 13,2012

Seth Brigham's legacy

By Joel Dyer
Regardless of whether or not he heads north, everyone in Boulder owes Brigham a debt of gratitude.
Thursday, September 6,2012

Media coverage misleading on Stanford’s organic vs. conventional food study

By Joel Dyer
You probably came away with the impression that a new Stanford University study released on Tuesday concluded that there are no health benefits to eating organic food compared to eating conventional food. It’s a pretty sensational headline. Unfortunately, it’s also completely wrong.
Thursday, August 30,2012

Monsanto's point of no return

By Joel Dyer
There is now mounting evidence that should the majority of farmers in the U.S. suddenly need to plant non-GMO seeds due to swing in marketplace pressure brought on by GMO labeling and its resulting consumer choice, it would not be possible.
Thursday, August 16,2012

Pilgrims of the stage

Hunting for the source of folk music's power at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO

By Joel Dyer
For me, folk music is a drug, a truth serum of sorts. It has the ability to make me see my life for not only what it is but also what it could and should be. I suspect I’m not alone.
Thursday, August 9,2012

Motive behind the madness in Sikh shooting

What led to the recent mass murder of Sikhs in Wisconsin

By Joel Dyer
While the motive for this mass killing, including Page’s own decision to go out with a self-inflicted bullet to his head, may seem invisible to most of us, it is crystal clear to all of those who have themselves enlisted to fight in the same war that Wade Michael Page was waging when he entered that temple.
Thursday, August 2,2012

Gore Vidal

Oct 3, 1925 — July 31, 2012

By Joel Dyer
It's 1:00 in the morning on Tuesday night. It’s been a few hours since I found out that Gore Vidal died. They say it was complications of pneumonia. I have no doubt he would have preferred something far more spectacular, an ailment with a fantastic name, a bizarre accident or at least a mystery illness, just something more fitting a life so big as his. He would have told you he deserved it.
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Thursday, August 2,2012

State of Colorado bullies Longmont on behalf of oil and gas industry

By Joel Dyer
Longmont city council members knew that the state might sue their community over the new oil and gas regulations that they passed a few weeks back. But it was a risk that they were willing to take in order to protect their town’s residents’ health, property values and overall quality of life.
Thursday, July 19,2012

Loophole in state law could bypass Longmont’s new oil and gas regs

By Joel Dyer
Longmont's ordinance requires a minimum of 750-foot setbacks from occupied structures, compared with the state’s 350-foot requirement, and Longmont’s new regs also prohibit drilling in residential areas of the city. It all sounds good, but a recently discovered loophole in state laws may severely hinder any benefits that might have come from the city’s new rules.
Thursday, July 19,2012

Stage set for showdown over oil and gas regulations

Longmont City Council passes new, stricter drilling regulations despite threats of legal action by state, industry

By Joel Dyer
When the name-calling, finger-pointing and flip-flopping finally came to an end and the vote was taken, the Longmont City Council had passed a new set of oil and gas regulations that represent the first real test of local government versus state government when it comes to regulating the oil and gas industry.
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