It’s the fifth of July, and it’s early. I’m alone on a dirt road in the mountains, climbing.
The American flag dominates my thoughts, three archetypes rising from somewhere deep.
The angry flag
In 2003, I marched down Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, one among 50,000 protesting the invasion of...
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Who cares about lynx?
I ask this question for two reasons.
One: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by law, is supposed to care about lynx, but doesn’t.
Two: Members of the San Juan Citizens Alliance care about lynx, and that puts us at odds with Fish and Wildlife on this particular issue.
A bit of...
With much fanfare, two weeks back the Obama administration announced its proposed rules for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants.
The resulting fireworks were quite the sight.
Progressives tripped over themselves to laud the president for restoring his climate legacy.
The far right...
Our society has an unhealthy infatuation with the image of the reasonable man.
You know the one I’m talking about. Well-coiffed, prudent, good with money – he exudes an air of paternal stability, a counterbalance to an otherwise dangerous and chaotic world.
Politicians are groomed to mimic his style. Boys are taught...
Stop the press! Something wild just happened.
I, Dan Olson, found common cause with the tea party.
Coming from your local environmental group, this declaration deserves some unpacking.
Two Saturdays ago, I attended a “public meeting” at the Durango Community Recreation Center. The topic of this joyous...
Good news! (Kind of). Once again, election season is upon us. No, no – not the 2014 midterms. I’m talking about the annual La Plata Electric Association Board of Directors election.
For the uninitiated, LPEA is our electric cooperative. Unlike residents in many parts of the country who purchase their power from...
Have you ever seen a monster? I have. A few weeks ago.
He was an odd monster. He didn’t hide in the dark spots fancied by most monster-types. No, this monster stood out in the open under the glaring mid-day sun. Strange behavior for a monster.
Save that one anomaly, he was an exemplar of monsterdom. A modern-day,...