A narrow category is not sufficient for this forceful fellow

One of the greatest of American thinkers declared: “It is as though Nature needs must make men narrow in order to give them force.”W.E.B. Du Bois got hundreds of things right, but I think he got that one wrong. To explain why ia mn ow going to attempt a high-wire act rarely performed with success:…

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Experts see Northern Colorado’s water, energy economies increasingly converging

Could water providers take a page out of the oil and gas industry’s book and build a pipeline to the Mississippi basin? While advocates for building the value and quality of Colorado’s water and energy assets are generally from quite different backgrounds, with sometimes conflicting goals, experts in each realm are emphasizing the increasingly similar…

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Controversy over Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir expansion offers a glimpse into water woes in the West

Raising the 55-year-old dam near Boulder is essential to keep a stable water supply in a changing climate, utility says. Residents insist conservation could be just as effective. Tucked out of view in the foothills southwest of Boulder, Gross Reservoir is a mountain oasis surrounded by pine trees, alpine flora and chattering wildlife. On a…

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Limerick: Introducing two heroes — Kendrick Castillo and Roger Boisjoly — who need no introduction

For weeks, I have been wishing that I could introduce Kendrick Castillo to Roger Boisjoly. But the irreversibility of human mortality has made this an impossible dream. Nonetheless, it is a dream I invite you to share. Kendrick Castillo died on May 7, 2019, at the age of 18. He was the aspiring engineer who…

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Limerick: Mark Kennedy needs CU’s “official fool” to speak the truth and offer comic relief. Send me in.

The hiring of Mark Kennedy as CU’s new president unleashed a flood of questions. Strangely, one unique feature of this university never received a moment’s attention: Did the “official university fool” play a role in designing and implementing the recruiting, appraising, vetting, and appointing of the new leader? Any explanation of the fool’s presence or…

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