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Vail Daily column: Coming out as an atheist

January 18, 2017 — “Someone you know wants you dead.” My first thought was that could be a lot of people. I was a bit alarmed but curious just the same. I was disappointed when I discovered this was just an innovative gambit by Nigerian spammers attempting to extract […]

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Vail Daily column: Education under Trump

January 17, 2017 — Friday is Inauguration Day for President-elect Donald Trump. While the day will almost certainly present celebrations and protests, a non-violent transition of power is a hallmark of a stable democratic republic. Last week, I discussed President Obama’s education legacy. Now, we can turn attention to […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Good grief

January 17, 2017 — While people complain loudly and often about our nation’s system of elections, that system actually works pretty well, mostly. But here’s another complaint: Can we please stop stretching out the next election cycle to the barely-cooled heels of the one just past? State Sen. Mike […]

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Vail Daily column: Show, don’t tell

January 17, 2017 — It is traditional in the first year of law school that the 1-Ls (first year law students) form study groups. This is the same theory as silvery minnows huddling together in schools; strength in trembling numbers. In any event, my small study group included Paul […]

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Vail Daily column: Stick to your New Year’s resolutions

January 16, 2017 — I am launching a campaign against your spare tire today. Have you already forgotten? You made a resolution a few weeks ago. Are you waning already? Every new year, masses of people attempt to resolve fitness deficits that elude them. Historically, the ancient Babylonians were […]

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Vail Daily column: Make sure you read the fine print

January 16, 2017 — I woke up New Year’s Day with a scratchy throat. No hangover, mind you, as I only had two brews the night before down at the Gore Range Brewery, which is where I hang my hat most of the time. If I wore hats, that […]

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Vail Daily column: Dealing with Putin

January 16, 2017 — In 1966, Abraham Maslow said, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” Today this concept is commonly referred to as “Maslow’s Hammer,” a reference to the over-reliance on a […]

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Vail Daily column: Why white evangelicals spurned Martin Luther King

January 14, 2017 — Martin Luther King counted on Southern white evangelicals to back him, but they largely spurned his ministry of racial justice. In his 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” incarcerated there after spearheading anti-segregation bus protests in Montgomery, Alabama, King expressed shock. He assumed white evangelicals […]

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Vail Daily column: Phenology: A winter hobby

January 14, 2017 — When I was in college, there was a large dry erase calendar on the wall in the biology department hallway. Students, faculty and staff used the board to record their observations of the natural world as events on specific days of the calendar. Some of […]

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Vail Daily column: Obama’s farewell address a campaign rally in disguise

January 13, 2017 — Barack Obama formally ended his presidency the way he came in, talking to adoring fans about how lucky we are to have him in our lives. Indeed, given the hand-wringing over how Obama’s successor is all about entertainment and theatrics, it was somewhere between ironic […]

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Vail Daily column: Issues of concern in Vail

January 13, 2017 — Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is […]

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Vail Daily column: Obama’s education legacy

January 11, 2017 — As our nation transitions power from the Obama to the Trump administration, this is both a time to look back and look forward to what may be on the horizon when it comes to federal education policy. President Obama entered office in January of 2009 […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Who’s the boss?

January 11, 2017 — Humans don’t have fur or fangs — mostly. That means we have to rely on our brains for survival. That generally tends to work pretty well. But sometimes nature lets us know we aren’t really in charge. Nature has asserted itself pretty forcefully lately. If […]

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Vail Daily column: Fight against a fearful future

January 6, 2017 — Fear corrodes positive attitudes like century-old water pipes spewing lead poisoning. As 2017 begins, the U.S. is on edge. Some college students fear being expelled because they’re not citizens. Immigrant parents shiver at threats of federal marshals’ raids to export them. U.S.-born children are alarmed […]

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Vail Daily column: Issues of concern for Vail

January 6, 2017 — The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is available at […]

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Vail Daily column: Partisan politics and the Russian hacking imbroglio

January 5, 2017 — It is a natural human tendency to want all good things to go together and all bad things to go together. That’s why we don’t like hearing that Hitler built great roads and was kind to animals, or that Mahatma Gandhi could be petty and […]

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Vail Daily column: A call to change your mind

January 4, 2017 — Parents, siblings, spouses, coworkers, friends — these are people who may be affected by addiction. With one in seven Americans diagnosed with substance abuse, addiction affects more people than all types of cancers combined and it’s likely that we’re in daily contact with someone currently […]

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Vail Daily column: Equitable trade for schools

January 3, 2017 — State Senator Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican and chair of the Senate Education Committee, served up an expected pledge in December to bring back a bill that would require equalized funding for charter schools for this upcoming legislative session. If it were to pass, […]

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Vail Daily column: Expect the unexpected in 2017, sort of

January 2, 2017 — I have seen the future. Not like my new year prognostication columns of the past (well, sort of, but I don’t want to ruin the flow yet …), for I have literally seen the future of, well, of reality. And it is virtual. Don’t get […]

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Vail Daily column: Kerry’s two-faced solution

January 2, 2017 — In his recent speech excoriating Israel for refusing to commit suicide by allowing a sworn enemy to have a state adjoining the Jewish state, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. government “did not draft or originate” the U.N. resolution critical of Israeli settlements. […]

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