Moving to a sleepy town of 8,000 from Denver gave me a foot in two worlds. From the Alamosa Valley Courier. I spent last weekend in Denver. When folks in the Valley ask where I moved here from, I always wince a little before telling them I'm from the big city — the standard responses seem to be either: "I'm sorry," or "do you LIKE it here?!" Both are reasonable, and both speak to the tremendous cultural divide between life in this sleepy little town many miles from the neares
Confronting the ludicrous allegations that liberals seek to destroy Christmas. From the Alamosa Valley Courier. The White House has not renamed its annual Christmas tree a "Holiday tree." A New York public school principal has not banned depictions of Santa Claus in her school. A San Francisco fourth-grader was not suspended for saying "Merry Christmas" to his teacher. President Obama has not banned military servicemembers from saying "Merry Christmas," nor did he fine ABC fo
Legal marijuana may keep people out of jail, but it comes at a cost. From the Alamosa Valley Courier. Marijuana is addictive, and only becoming moreso. To admit this fact flies in the face of conventional wisdom, and is a downright offensive accusation to addicts and marijuana producers. But to ignore the truth prevents intellectual honesty in the ongoing debate over the place of weed in society. This was an inevitability baked into Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for
On a little town from my past that had a hole blown in it by a mass shooting. From the Alamosa Valley Courier. I have to add Alamosa to my list of "Where were you" places. I was on the playground at Clayton Elementary in Englewood, just south of Denver, when I heard about the Columbine shooting.
I was at my grandparents' farm in Indiana when I heard about the Aurora shooting.
I was in my office in Roseburg, Oregon when I heard about the Sandy Hook shooting. I was at Nielsen
Becoming a smarter news consumer means having a vocabulary for manipulative tactics. From the Alamosa Valley Courier. Mass media consumers beware! Be on the lookout for the following logical fallacies and manipulation tactics from your news sources. False balance: In an attempt to fairly present a controversy — or to create a controversy where none exists for the sake of sensationalism — journalists may present opposing views of a topic as if they are on equal footing. For ex