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Wed
14
May
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Grab the Goose, Claim the Common, Trample the Tortoise

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose.
 – Anonymous, 17th Century English Folk Poem    
By now everybody has heard or read about the 67-year-old Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy, who is defying the federal government – specifically – the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Bundy claims that his family has been on the land since the 1870s and ipso facto all of his rights to run cattle onto federal land predate any "grazing fees or "federal interference in Our Freedom."   

Mon
12
May
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Johnson: On being the target, the arrow, and the ball

“Certain events may reflect the significant dimensions of all your life, mirroring your entire history in a passing moment.” I recently enjoyed Michael Murphy’s early ‘70s novel, “Golf In The Kingdom.” Murphy penned a “Bible,” of sorts, with enough Zen, philosophy and parable to get you through life, not to mention a lifetime of golf. It’s certainly not a “manual”; there is scarcely a mention of mechanics and form. Instead, “Golf In The Kingdom” focuses on the mental aspects of the game — Sports Psychology, if you will. It has meditative overtones — an amalgam of Eastern religion, spirituality and mysticism — and a recurrent theme aligned with an old golf adage that proclaims, “The mind messes up more shots than the body.”

Mon
05
May
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RIDGWAY SCHOOL BOARD In defiance of accountability

If the Ridgway School Board got anything right over the past few years, it occurred the other night when it did not renew the contract of Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs. Don't, however, mistake this as a sign of being accountable.
This is the tale of how a school board created an environment wherein the hired help called the shots.
Whoever is the next superintendent of these schools would have had a tough time managing Hobbs. He had already shown his disdain for authority over the past year or so, and he managed to be entwined in a scheme with a board member that successfully engineered a plan to have his boss resign. Add to that he thought he was safe when, late on March 19, the board succumbed to pressure and did not take the expected action of not renewing his contract.

Wed
23
Apr
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Noting the strength and character of friends as pure as gold

Working the distillery, I interact with people who hold a wide range of political views. Usually as long as they do not digress to abuse or bigotry, I just nod and shake my head. The fun times are when people of differing opinions get each other going and still more fun when people who consider each other friends find out how much they disagree on politics or other subjects — yet remain friends.

Thu
03
Apr
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Blending of medicines can be the best cure

One of the television shows that I have loved has been “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” True, it’s just a show; however, a conventional lady doctor in the late 1800s learning medicinal uses for herbs from a Native American is totally fascinating. Traditional or conventional medicine working hand in hand with alternative or complementary therapies….and that’s how it should be. Guess you could say that I lived vicariously through Dr. Quinn, since as a young person I thought seriously about becoming a doctor. Loving medicine, loving the west, loving being a fish out of water….the show really hit home for me. How unconventional being a lady doctor in those days! Or maybe it was her love interest, the handsome mountain man, Sully. Hmm.
 
Wed
29
Jan
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Magstadt: Hey, Snowbirds, Don'chya Know? Ice Is Nice And So Is Snow

"Oh the weather outside is frightful. But the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Nice lyrics, but let's face it, not everybody loves snow.

Snowbirds, for example. You know, the migratory folks who flock to Florida, Texas, Arizona and California every winter. Such salubrious destinations are bound to suffer a drastic reversal of fortunes, however, if dire predictions of global warming come to pass and winter becomes a thing of the past.

Global warming? The only climate change apparent in Colorado at this time of year is the kind that rewards the wisdom of wearing woolens.

Living in the snow-capped mountains of Colorado in winter it's hard to imagine that there isn't enough snow in the world. And easy to see why so many people don't like the stuff.  For starters, cars and snow are enemies. Ditto for car batteries and cold weather.

Wed
29
Jan
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Todd: Birds of a feather hide together

When Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Moffat County Tuesday to discuss the future of the greater sage grouse and the possibility of designating it as an endangered species, she held a gathering at a ranch, out in the open with press and all.
Later that day, when joined in Craig at the Legion hall with Gov. Hickenlooper, the Moffat County commissioners, elected officials from neighboring counties and community members, Jewell banned the press. No member of the community was excluded that wanted in, yet Jewell twice barred a Craig Daily Press reporter access to the meeting.
According to a story in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Interior spokesman Blake Androff said the press was turned away in order to "allow for an open and frank discussion."

Tue
07
Jan
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Todd: Say what you want...really!

Say what you want about Ouray City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli…really, say what you want.
You always could. At every City Council meeting there is a public comment period. If you ever have any comment as to how Patrick is running the city, you can stand up and say so.
Of course, when and if you do, Patrick will be sitting there and will be able to respond. And council may ask him questions about your constructive comments. They may also ask you questions. Patrick would be able to respond to council's questions. You might even stumble into an actual conversation with council about your concerns and/or commendations regarding Patrick.
That's the way it should be.
Yet, a few weeks ago the majority of council decided to allow unsigned, confidential comments to be submitted to the city by Ouray citizens with the express purpose of allowing council to use what it deems true and relevant from those comments in evaluating Patrick's job performance.

Mon
30
Dec
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Todd: Save the cook

At a school board meeting Monday night, Ridgway School Board member Roger Sagal reassured a crowd of nearly 100 of the board's electorate that Principal Jim Bob Hobbs' dismissal was not a foregone conclusion. In a letter to the editor today from another board member, we find out that just was not true.
Today's letter to the editor states that if a vocal crowd had not barred the board from entering into executive session, Hobbs’ dismissal was a foregone conclusion. Had Hobbs not gone public, then the board would have fired him, as “he would have found himself unemployed at the end of the school year, if not sooner,” the board member wrote. Presto! Just like that, as a matter of course. Fait accompli.

Tue
24
Dec
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Alaimo: Invisible gremlins filling volleyballs

Why is there air? This was the title of a 1965 Bill Cosby album and part of a very funny bit that Bill did. As Bill tells it, he had a girlfriend in college who, being very smart and a philosophy major, would go around the house asking questions like “Why is there air?” Bill laughs and says that any phys-ed major knows why there is air. It’s to fill up volleyballs and basketballs.

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