The Housing Crisis Unfolding in America’s Destination Towns

The Housing Crisis Unfolding in America’s Destination Towns

Think back to your favorite vacation. Wouldn’t it be delightful if that trip never ended? Imagine moving to that fantastic destination town, finding a job and a house, and living the dream. Even if you had to wait tables or stock store shelves, who needs a desk job...
The Pot Prohibition Runs Its Course

The Pot Prohibition Runs Its Course

Half a year ago, Colorado and Washington voters approved ballot measures to make marijuana legal in their states. But ending the pot prohibition can’t happen overnight, even after electoral wins like that. Just ask Gil Kerlikowske, the nation’s “drug...
Washington and Colorado Voters Opt for a Smarter Drug Policy

Washington and Colorado Voters Opt for a Smarter Drug Policy

After four decades and billions of dollars in spending, the U.S.-led “War on Drugs” has failed. Initially, this war’s architects aimed to curb drug use at home and stem production abroad. Their strategy has achieved few gains on either end. Today, an...
How Romney Could Blow Iowa

How Romney Could Blow Iowa

Should Congress renew the wind-energy production tax credit that’s scheduled to expire at the end of 2012? It depends on whom you ask — a Democrat, a Republican, or another Republican. On August 1, Mitt Romney declared his strong opposition to this tax...
Violence Defines American Culture

Violence Defines American Culture

As a child I played war games (cowboys killing Indians). My friends and I routinely shot each other – with toy guns, of course. In my south Bronx neighborhood, older gang members had real guns and sometimes shot each other. Like in the movies! The cartoons I...
Smoldering Planet

Smoldering Planet

As fires raged in Arizona last summer, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) discovered the culprits. “There is substantial evidence,” the former Republican presidential candidate told reporters, “that some of these fires have been caused by people who have...
One Nation, Under the Gun

One Nation, Under the Gun

Won’t be me Who spoils your fun, Go ahead, And tote that gun. Following that dark opening-night screening of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, it’s time to contemplate yet again why America’s troubled young men kill so many more people...
Shell-shocked Again, this Time because of Aurora

Shell-shocked Again, this Time because of Aurora

The night of Friday, July 20 was destined to make headlines — but never for this. After three years of spiraling anticipation, the premier of The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to be the pinnacle of the American movie-going experience. But, in the aftermath of...
Lifesaving Law

Lifesaving Law

Steve Gepner almost died four times. His health care saga began mundanely enough, as many do. After all, how many of us expect we could be hours or days away from life-threatening illness? Steve and his wife, Sue, live in Colorado Springs. He’s an auto mechanic....

Josh Fox’s New Fracking Gem

If ever an online video should go viral, it is Gasland director Josh Fox’s vital new 18-minute gem, The Sky Is Pink. It should become a widespread hit because: It’s brilliant. It’s funny. It will scare the crap out of you and make you want to take...
Dodging the Media on the Campaign Trail

Dodging the Media on the Campaign Trail

If you’re a political candidate these days, the name of the game is to talk to your “target audience” apparently without answering questions from them — or, God forbid, from a journalist. Take Mitt Romney’s recent visit to Colorado, prior...
Right-Wing Politicians Expose Themselves on the Radio

Right-Wing Politicians Expose Themselves on the Radio

If you really want to understand conservatives these days, you should check out some talk radio shows. It might not make for the most relaxing listening experience, but you’ll probably learn things you never knew before. Despite the growing popularity of...

Let’s Hear from Candidates–Not their Spokespeople

You probably know that big city newspapers around the country have cut staff–and then made more cuts on top of those. Now, the question is: Can journalists give November’s election the attention it deserves, so we the people have the information needed to...