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Tue
17
Apr

On the move again

Here we go again, although it's been three years since we last said that.
The lease for our 8th Avenue office is up at the end of May. We could have renewed for another three years, but it's a lot of space, and usually I'm the only one there. Literally, there are weeks where I can count on one finger the number of visitors we get. So much is done by mail, email, phone and the interweb.
The building's ownership will, from what we're told, change hands at the beginning of May, and that was the final kick to send us scurrying for office space. If you think it's difficult to find affordable housing, try affordable or available commercial space!
We found a spot, a bit tucked away, in the Old School House in Ridgway. There's a lot going on in the new building. RIGS Fly Shop is front and center. Behind it is Middleton Accounting, Kaadi Massage, Weehawken's dance classes and probably something else I haven't seen.

Tue
17
Apr

The medium is the message

I read a few things that got me thinking about the Denver Post, bloodletting, local journalism, craft beer and social media.
One was in the Colorado Springs Gazette this week, penned by its editor, Vince Bzdek. He noted how thankful he is that the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper he works for is owned by a Coloradan who has a stake in the state and ultimately skin in the game when it comes to the Gazette and its community.
Surrounding this, Bzdek spends much of his piece hammering the ownership of the Denver Post, which recently cut 30 more newsroom positions, for a total of 75 newsroom cuts in the past three years, by what Bzdek terms a "vulture capitalist" firm, one that has also been playing Whack-A-Mole on journalists at the Oakland Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Orange County Register.

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

The enemy within

"Alan!" she pushed from the bottom of her lungs in a hurried whisper, immediately waking me from deep sleep. She rarely calls me by my name, unless there's trouble, and it's usually due to trouble that I've created.
"Alan!" she screams again in her loudest whispered tone. I give her the attention any man gives his wife at times like these…that cautioned, certain look that says something's wrong and I'm about to be told it's my fault.
"I was sitting in the living room reading and I heard the garage door open," she said.
Well, that gets me off the hook.
"Which one?" I asked, sitting up in bed, suddenly refocused on the fact that she said my name twice instead of the half-dozen or so names she uses depending on the occasion.
"Mine," she said, meaning the overhead door on the side of the garage where she pulls in.
"What time is it?" I ask.

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

The desensitization of killing

Dear Editor,

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

Time to outlaw automatic weapons

Dear Editor,
It is time for Congress to stand up against the NRA and outlaw individual possession of automatic weapons. This could be difficult for some members of the Colorado Congressional delegation because individuals have received up to $3.7 million in campaign contributions from the NRA. The fire power available today was not imagined when the 2nd Amendment was added to the Constitution. By ignoring the availability of automatic weapons, Congress is as guilty as an individual shooter for the murder of our children, their teachers, concert attendees, church members and far too many others. The Florida students are taking the lead in shaming Congress for not putting an end to this carnage. It is time, for the all too often silent majority, to speak up and contact Congress on this issue.

Patricia Miller
Ridgway

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

Held hostage by the NRA

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to yet another mass shooting carried out with an assault weapon and in response to those who are against an assault weapon ban. If you are not able to defend your home with a pistol, shotgun and hunting rifle, then there is no hope for you. The addition of an assault weapon will not help. You are already free to hunt, target shoot, be a gun collector and have guns for self-defense. Why must you also have an assault weapon?

Your desire to “play soldier” and demand access to these types of weapons is enabling truly unhinged people to easily and legally get access to these weapons of mass destruction to kill our fellow citizens and children.

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

Funding mental health

Dear Editor,
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner along with many other Republican leaders have called for expanded mental health programs to help prevent the kinds of shootings such as occurred in Parkland, Florida, last week. Unfortunately very few Republican politicians have actually supported funding of any kind for mental health care. An example of this lack of commitment was displayed by Colorado State Senate Republicans who in committee unanimously voted down funding for a school based suicide prevention program (SB-18-114) on the same day as the Parkland tragedy. Republicans calling for more mental health services is really a dodge which they use to avoid tackling the thorny issue of gun control, an issue complicated by the fact that many, including Sen. Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton, receive significant campaign contributions from the gun lobby.

Sun
25
Feb
atodd's picture

What consensual looks like

Dear Editor,

Fri
09
Feb
atodd's picture

Couples who fly together...

Beecher and I actually left the state last week, together, on the same trip. Which meant for a brief period in time we didn't think about ink and paper.
That brief period, for me, was when we turned the corner in the Salt Lake City airport and there, past the ramp leading down to Terminal B were 2,000 of our soon-to-be closest friends.
"That's the flu waiting to happen," I popped off to my travel partner.
They say a joke is best when it is dipped in truth, and the truth hit us about three hours after our return home. It was not pretty.
If only the other 48 passengers on the plane from Salt Lake City to Grand Junction knew how lucky they were not to have had to share in our stomach flu fun.
There was another discussion we had in the airport. We were trying to list things you don't see in airports anymore.
For instance, remember the long lines of pay phones, or clusters of them? Even private phone booths? Gone.

Fri
09
Feb
atodd's picture

Love is in the air

February is the month of Valentines and Love is in the Air, or so “they” say. I don’t know who “they” are but “they” are obviously not involved with a cowboy. The activity that is brewing in the air around our home is prepping for calving season and complaining about the lack of snow. Both are topics that don’t bring strong loving feelings from me.

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