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Oh, for a crystal ball!

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Friday, March 3, 2006

Might be just what Josh Penry is thinking these days. Penry is, you'll recall, Mesa and Delta County's young man in a hurry, enough so that he's running for the state Senate after one term in the House. Had he known that Joe Stengel would be forced to give up his post as minority leader in the House, Penry might have stuck in the House and made a leadership bid there. Of course, this business of guessing what a crystal ball might have foretold is dicey at best, but it would have been ...

Burning issues

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Well, seems that oral fixation is going to be all the rage in Colorado this summer. Residents will get to sign, most likely anyway, petitions for ballot measures that would ban smoking and allow marijuana. Yup, in our utopian future, Coloradans can smoke, but not toke. Go figure. Unless, they're, like, too hungry or distracted to sign both petitions. On the other hand, maybe Ricky Williams will sign with the Broncos. For, like, a few bucks and, like, time to, like, hang out. And stuff. ...

Plotting and scheming

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Time was when we reportorial types would joke about the Plotting and Scheming Commission. I'm glad to say that some things never change, but that my perspective has. Better to call it the Centralized Planning Commission, as the Grand Junction iteration is demonstrating at this very moment. It's considering the fate of 24 Road, which remains a wasteland today, some half a decade after it was declared a gateway to Grand Junction and all the wiles of Community Development put to building a ...

Long time, no blog

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Monday, February 27, 2006

It's been long since I've posted. However, since my last [column](http://www.gjsentinel.com/opin/content/news/opinion/stories/2006/02/22/2_23_Harmon_column.html) I have heard from people who worked at Mesa Verde and know something of the missing collection. The immediate reaction is that the collection in Finland is serviceable, but not spectacular. Still, it sits too close to a Europe caught up in Islamic fury for my comfort. It should be returned forthwith and held in ...

Dick Cheney, unloaded

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Funny how it is that vice presidents have to do so much to get some notice. Some prefer it that way. Dick Cheney certainly would have have preferred to glide through the history-making of the moment, but it was not to be. Still, we can expect that Cheney will, with consummate mastery, disappear until the time is right, then suddenly reappear, likely in hunter orange, with a self-deprecating joke or two, then let himself quietly out, stage right. We can not say so much for his ...

Of Veeps, quail and Dead-eye Dick

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Monday, February 13, 2006

We don't know exactly what happened with the shooting down in Texas when Vice President Dick Cheney splattered a friend with bird shot, but clearly, something went wrong. It could be Cheney's hunting buddy — can you put a Texas lawyer on a mantel or is there some rule under the Not Really Endangered Species But Some Things You Really Shouldn't Shoot No Matter How Strangely Appropriate It Might Seem At The Time Act that would frown on it? — was in the wrong place. As was the ...


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Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Legislature is gamely driving forward with its plans to eliminate smoking (of cigarettes) in Colorado. No lightin' up in lounges, no drags in greasy-spoon cafes, no butts in bars. This is all fine. We seem to like our social engineering done at the point of the gun and this is no different. But isn't this the same Legislature that wants to drag out every penny it can from the master agreement with the tobacco companies? And is this not the same Legislature that sniffed at a proposal ...

Hick to stick with mayorship

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Monday, February 6, 2006

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, after carpet-bombing Colorado with hints that he would drop the pretense and declare for governor, dropped the pretense in a noon press conference and said instead that he would not. This has occasioned much moaning among Democrats who fear they will be stuck with a candidate, Bill Ritter, who doesn't like abortion. Oh the humanity! Never mind that Hickenlooper's decision actually benefits Dems long term and quite possibly in the short term. For one thing, ...

Mayor to go Guv?

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Sunday, February 5, 2006

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has made it all but official - he's running for governor. This isn't good news for Bill Ritter, the former Denver DA who also wants to succeed Bill Owens, because it sets up the primary Ritter would just as soon avoid. By the sound of most of the coverage, in fact, we ought not bother with the election at all - just give Hickenlooper the mansion and be done with it. Well, not so fast. It's one thing to be be mayor of Denver. It's quite another to be the ...

It’s our tax and we’ll spend how we want to

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Now the leadership in the Legislature has come up with a novel approach to bipartisan dealings. Republicans who opposed Referendum C, which lifted revenue limits on the state for five years, should sit down and shut up while their more enlightened betters squabble over the quietly and say nothing when it comes to pulling new fries out of the supersize box the Legislature demanded and got. You'd think the Ref. C types were proposing spending the money on things like rain-day funds or ...

Kathy Lee Bates, where are you when we need you?

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

The backers of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper have released this bit of doggerel, encouraging him to run for governor. Gee, if this won't drive him out of Denver, what will? The Hick's a surefire contender, Now making our good City proud! Girls and Boys, Gents and Gals, The State now proclaims it loud: "Enter the Realm, Oh Man at the Helm And give us the choice to Vote! And given the road Of Republican toads, We all want to be on your Boat!" As Simon says on American Idol "Goodbye" to ...

Say, aren’t these the people who insist on choice?

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Two Colorado legislators, Fran Coleman and Peter Groff, will lead the charge to keep the state out of the womb. But they want to plop a cop into the passenger seat next time you hop into the family SUV for a run to the grocery. Coleman and Groff sponsored HB 1125, which would make a driver's failure to engage his seat belt a primary offense, meaning the local constabulary can pull you over on that basis alone, no matter that you're driving below the speed limit and even on your own side ...

Plummer’s fault? Oh really?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

There are a million things out that are more important, but was it too much to expect that Denver's offensive line would show up for the two most important games of their recent careers? Why is it Jake Plummer's fault that the offensive line showed up for wine and cheese when the other guys wanted blood and guts? Plummer's blood, in particular. Wasn't somebody supposed to get between Plummer and those large, beefy fellows in black and gold? Maybe those whose job it was to stop the Steelers ...

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