Did Anyone Else Notice . . . that comparing people to large herbivores is an unusual way to persuade and motivate them?

Months ago, the phrase “herd immunity” became the most common answer to the question, “How will this pandemic ever end?” For the recovery of the economy and the revitalization of civic life, the immune systems of millions of people must develop a resistance to Covid-19. Reaching that goal will require millions of individuals to make…

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Did anyone else notice . . . that all the public figures who keep telling us that the nation is in the midst of “an existential crisis” never tell us what the word existential means?

Even though I started college as a philosophy major, I am of no use at all when it comes to figuring out why existential is so often put to work to characterize the troubles of our time. As a college student, before I could take the course where I would confront existentialism and demand to…

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Did Anyone Else Notice . . . that we should have more schools named after Robert Louis Stevenson, rather than fewer?

The San Francisco School Board recently endorsed a proposal to remove the names of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln from schools in that district. And you did not have to be President to end up on the chopping block: Paul Revere, John Muir, and the writer Robert Louis Stevenson were also designated for…

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Did Anyone Else Notice . . . that losing an election can be a wonderful experience that you’ll treasure for the rest of your life?

Every year, The Daily Camera opens the door for local folks to vote in a “Best of Boulder” poll. Most of the categories involve a variety of commercial enterprises, from restaurants to gyms. But, in days of yore, the Camera had a category called “Best CU Personality.”  Usually, the voters sorted out the football coach,…

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Did Anyone Else Notice… that many of us are now missing the adventure and adrenaline that used to enliven our campus lives, back when riders of bicycles and skateboards threatened pedestrians with narrow misses and close encounters of the first kind?

I once held preeminence as a complainer and whiner about these perilous conditions. When classes were changing and the young people were (rightly, understandably, and justifiably) racing from one side of our big campus to the other, those of us—who have evolved into the status of people of advanced age—winced and teetered along, preoccupied with…

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