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Cruz control

July 26, 2016 — Somebody check the temperature in Hell. I suspect it’s snowing there right now. I never dreamed there would come a time I would type these words: I applaud Ted Cruz. Granted, I still think the man is an arrogant jerk who, if elected, would probably […]

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Banjo therapy

July 26, 2016 — “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” -Pete Seeger The timing couldn’t be better. When you add the decibel level currently emanating from the mean streets of Philly to the cacophony of last week’s vitriol-rich televised verbal-MMA bout in Cleveland, you get the […]

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Free at last, free at last

July 22, 2016 — I normally take this week to educate new residents about our Pioneer Heritage. It is, of course, the 24th of July. The 24th falls on a Sunday this year, so it’s celebrated on either the 23rd or the 25th, just to add to the confusion. […]

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One at a time

July 22, 2016 — Some mornings now I wake up and I can’t breathe. When I am not sleeping in the night I listen to the BBC that becomes NPR around 5 a.m. It used to be the recitation of cricket scores in lilting accents could lull me back […]

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Grassroots upon the land

July 19, 2016 — “Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” –Native American proverb Figuratively, they took it to the […]

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Clyde: A splendid little protest

July 15, 2016 — I went to the protest at City Hall on Wednesday. It was organized to protest Vail Resorts’ effort to trademark the name “Park City.” There was a meeting with city officials and Vail CEO Rob Katz to see if there is some compromise position that […]

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Daddy issues

July 12, 2016 — My dad and I typically take a trip together every year, just the two of us. The poor guy has three daughters, two of which do not shy away from the word “princess.” And he’s been married to my mom for 45 years, who would […]

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To the barricades

July 12, 2016 — The time has arrived that I apologize for a casual reference that appeared in this column some time back. To paraphrase, I compared Vail Resorts to the Koch brothers. It was a thought that rolled through my head and it truly should have received more […]

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Clyde: Until the rivers run dry

July 10, 2016 — This has been a very strange year for water supply. Last ski season seemed huge, HUGE, because it actually snowed. During January, I felt like I did nothing but plow snow. I put more hours on the tractor plowing snow in January than in the […]

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Orr: Bully one oh one

July 10, 2016 — Any grade school kid can tell you these days — bullying is not acceptable. There are assemblies and workshops and films and classes that help students of all ages navigate that most menacing of tribulations in grade school years: The Bully. We teach kids standing […]

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Meehan: Political correctness

July 7, 2016 — In the sense that through ignorance, to one degree or another, we are all biased, I look back on the verbal offenses I have committed upon others both to their faces and behind their backs with humility and not a small amount of melancholy. As […]

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Roberts: Trials and tribulations

July 7, 2016 — When my sister was diagnosed with brain cancer in April of 2008, doctors told us we were looking at maybe two more years with her. We got the “get her affairs in order” speech and the brochures on grief. We were told to enjoy every […]

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Clyde: Howard Beale’s Fourth of July

July 6, 2016 — While we all chill out for the Fourth of July barbecue, world events continue. An airport bombing in Istanbul, at an airport busier than Brussels, was news for about 12 hours, and then we moved on. Apparently terrorist attacks in Turkey don’t matter, though the […]

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Orr: The global campfire

July 6, 2016 — I never attended a summer camp as a child. My single mother in California, working various different jobs as a “secretary,” couldn’t make it happen. I spent much of my life envying folks who told me stories of their idyllic summers at camp. This week […]

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Hurricane Sundance

January 20, 2016 — Utah might be a landlocked state, but we are just hours away from a hurricane slamming into us. And if history is any indication, this year’s Sundance Film Festival will be another Category 5 storm. The festival has changed quite a bit since I first […]

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Sundance on the fly

January 20, 2016 — The Sundance Film Festival, my own private Nirvana, once again looms over the local tundra. As usual, I’m a bit apprehensive concerning the magnitude of its encroachment upon our fair town and its inherent ability to irritate my friends once again to a degree worthy […]

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Giving thanks while renovating

November 12, 2013 — If you’re a social media participant, you’ve probably recently noticed many of your online friends posting what they are thankful for. November is funny that way. People like to express their gratitude in 140 characters or less each day of the month. Ironically, those who […]

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Yesterday’s news

October 29, 2013 — If I’m to believe the date printed under the masthead of the Volume II, Number 4 edition of Nick Snow’s The Mountain Flower newspaper (Park City and the World), time is indeed warped. Nov. 5, 1973, you see, wasn’t forty-years back. It was yesterday! That’s […]

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Nuestra Voz

March 28, 2013 — Did you know that March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day? The day may not be widely recognized but it is currently a state holiday in California and Texas with many state government offices, schools and libraries being closed. On this date, events commemorating the life […]

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Sunday in the Park

November 4, 2006 — In this off election year, feeling off seems to be the one constant. We aren’t voting for a president, though I wish we could. We are not voting for a governor, which is fine since this one seems to be doing a respectable job. We’re […]

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