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How to lose elections and influence people

When the Republican congressional leaders realized they could not pass their long-promised revision of the Affordable Care Act, this defeat made them sad. More to the point, there was little evidence that defeat had improved their characters or clarified their thinking. I can help them with that. In a long-running streak of good fortune, I…

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It’s important to recognize our geographic roots

My Grandma Dorothy was fiercely loyal to South Pueblo, as she was born on Bohmen Avenue, raised on Eilers Avenue, lived as a newlywed and first-time mom on Mesa Avenue, and spent the final chapter of her life on Acero Avenue. Some of my best memories involve riding in her electric blue Monte Carlo down…

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The time I dueled with Louis L’Amour (and made peace with him)

In an encounter with the makings of legend, a very famous cowboy and an entirely unknown schoolmarm met in a showdown between romance and realism in the American West. This confrontation — between a popular novelist beloved in the heartland and a Harvard-based member of the liberal elite — seemed certain to produce far more…

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Why the solar industry can shine in our current political climate

Patty Limerick had the perfect story to warm the hearts of renewable energy proponents at the opening session of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association annual conference on Monday evening. A professor of history at the University of Colorado-Boulder where she directs the Center of the American West as well as the Colorado state historian,…

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Public Land Management in the American West

The conversation about public land management in the American West continued Tuesday morning during an in-depth NPR segment featuring top officials from the Utah Governor’s Office, the Outdoor Industry Association and western historians. Click here to listen. Cody Stewart, Director of Federal Affairs for Governor Gary R. Herbert and Jessica Wahl, Government Affairs Manager for…

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