Every day for the past 23 days I've received an email from the Colorado Democrats. Well, not all Colorado Democrats, just the ones at the state party level who send out broadcast emails that somehow manage to bypass my spam folder.
It's pretty much the same email, just updated daly. It chronicles State Treasurer Walker Stapleton's parking spot at the state capitol.
Stapleton, who is the Republican candidate for governor and running against Jared Polis (D), has not shown up for work for 23 consecutive days according the opposition party. And the email shows a timeline of photos of the parking spot from each of the 23 days. I suppose it's the truth. Who knows for sure? The sun is shining brightly in each photo as, I guess, it never rains in sunny Denver?
Speaking of politics, a U.S. congressional candidate sent a press release announcing that her first television commercial is about to air. The candidate wanted us to ballyhoo this with bravado.
So, okay, here goes. (drumroll, please)
A congressional candidate's first television commercial is about to air.
This has been ballyhoo with bravado, brought to you by the Ouray County Plaindealer.
Millennials are causing the divorce rate to go down, so says an article in Bloomberg.com. The U.S. divorce rate dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, and the article attributes this to Generation X and, more so, Millennials, being more picky and waiting to start relationships once their educations, careers and finances are on track.
Marriages have been on the decline, too, but the divorce rate as a ratio compared to total married women has dropped. Boomers keep divorcing, the article says, even into their 60s and 70s. For instance, according to Bowling Green's National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the divorce rate doubled for people aged 55 to 64 from 1990 to 2015.
The study also shows that those Millennials who marry these days are generally better off financially than those who cohabitate, and these marriages are more durable than relationships where the couple lives together.
Disagreements leveled against the publisher are always welcome and tolerated when offered with a dash of civility. Terse emails sent in ALL CAPS are deemed to be a form of yelling directed at the publisher who, as a general rule of thumb, doesn't care much for yelling.
The Marijuana Industry Group and the Marijuana Accountability Coalition are at odds over a recent Department of Public Safety report on driving under the influence arrests in Colorado in 2016.
The report says that of the 27,244 arrests that year in Colorado for DUI, 3,946 of them were screened for marijuana to test for impairment due to that drug, and 2,885 of them tested positive.
The MIG says that's misleading because Delta 9 THC, the active psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, is retained in an individual's fat cells for 30 days, and detection of it is not an indication of impairment.
"This is not specific to the psychoactive component, Delta 9 THC," said MIG, "and any person who had consumed cannabis within the last 30 days could theoretically test positive; therefore it is inappropriate linking this data to DUI causation."
The MAC on the other hand took the findings a different way.
"Pot-related traffic crashes continue to skyrocket in the era of legalization," the organization said in a press release, "while Big Marijuana keeps raking in profits. Colorado is failing to keep its roads safe, yet many state officials insist on keeping their rose-colored glasses on."
MIG says it is fighting to keep marijuana legal. MAC is fighting for just the opposite. Several things are clear. One, marijuana isn't going anywhere. Two, if DPS is going to report these numbers, then the understanding of these numbers needs to be uniform. We all know what the legal blood alcohol limit means and how to apply it. Yet, no one seems to know how to digest marijuana reporting. And three, there needs to be uniformity in measurements. For instance, as the Denver Post reported, "state law does not require coroners to test deceased drivers specifically for marijuana use in fatal wrecks - some do and some don't."
How can you even argue numbers that are up for different interpretation and aren't complete?
Alan Todd is co-publisher of the Ouray County Plaindealer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.