Hello Colorado, I am your wayward son. Duty to our country has taken me far from home, and now I scarcely recognize the state you have become. Someday I hope to return to you; but when that day comes your native son shall not return as a prodigal. For you, Colorado, not I, are the one whose strayed from what is right. You’ve broken your oath in pursuit of ill-gotten gain and forgotten your place among the states.Of your broken oath, let us look at what you have sworn to uphold. Under Article XII, Section 8 of the Colorado Constitution, you who serve the State of Colorado swore an oath of office, similar if not identical to this:“I solemnly (swear) (affirm)that I will uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Colorado, and I will faithfully perform the duties of the position upon which I am about to enter.”What is true of that oath is this: be it taken for an entry-level civil servant, a faculty member or regent of a state-funded … [Read more...] about GUEST COLUMN: State of Colorado has lost its way
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Adam Graham Detroit News Film Critic Published 5:04 PM EDT Jun 6, 2019 Adventure, intrigue, talking like Tiffany Haddish: According to “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” this is what your furry friends are up to when you’re not around. The sequel to 2016’s animated hit is even thinner on plot than the first one, whose title promised a look behind the scenes and inside the minds of cats and dogs. What it delivered was a loud romp through the streets of New York City, starring wise-cracking animals with celebrity voices. Not much has changed this time around, aside from the casting, as the no-longer-kid-friendly Louis C.K. (was he really all that kid-friendly the first time around?) has been replaced by Patton Oswalt, who voices Max, the lead doggo. This time around, Max heads off to a family farm – it sounds like a metaphor for death, but it’s not – where he learns the ropes of country life from a gruff sheepdog named Rooster (Harrison Ford). … [Read more...] about Review: More of same in ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’
By BRIAN REA MARCH 21, 2019 My mother-in-law wouldn’t tell us what our wedding gift would be — only that we’d have to travel to a forest, on an island, in Sweden, to receive it. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time The Mystery Gift at the End of the World It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue By BRIAN REA When my wife and I were married, my mother-in-law told us she had a special gift for us. I wasn’t sure what to expect. She didn’t tell us what the gift was, but she did tell us where it was. In Sweden, on an island, in the forest. As with all magical places, getting to the island in Sweden requires some effort (particularly as my wife, son and I live in Los Angeles). After the plane, the train and a car ride to the countryside, a boat ferries us across the lake from … [Read more...] about The Mystery Gift at the End of the World
By Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, Inc. | PUBLISHED: December 23, 2018 at 10:00 am | UPDATED: December 24, 2018 at 4:44 am Dear Travel Troubleshooter: My daughter and I traveled from Toronto to Paris in April 2017. Our return flight was with WOW Air. The night before our return to Canada, I received an email from the airline saying that the plane that was to return us to Canada had been in a mishap. It was a plane that carried 350 people. WOW replaced the aircraft with one that could carry only 220 people. The airline said that if anyone chose to go to Toronto another way, it would refund the cost of the flight and give us each 400 euros to compensate us for the hassle. I had to be at work the following day. My daughter and I emailed the airline to say that we would take it up on its offer, and we booked another flight on another airline and went home on the day we were scheduled to fly back. WOW Air refunded the cost of the return flight promptly. The airline … [Read more...] about Travel Troubleshooter: Where’s my WOW Air compensation?
Only one in five Spaniards regard their culture as superior to others - the lowest ‘cultural arrogance’ rate in Europe - a new poll by the prominent Pew Research Centre has found. When asked to completely or mostly agree with the words “Our people are not perfect, but our culture is superior to others”, only 20 percent of Spaniards supported the statement. That put Spain on top of the podium, followed by Estonia and Belgium, each with 23 percent. Oddly, in neighbouring Portugal, the rate was 47 percent. ‘Bremainers’ may not be surprised to hear that the UK had a higher rate of “patriotic chauvinism” (the measuring moniker the US think tank actually used) with 46 percent. That figure however is in the same range as Germany (45 percent), Austria (47 percent) and Italy (47 percent). France and Holland had fewer delusions of cultural superiority with 36 and 31 percent respectively, whereas there was a big disparity between Scandinavian … [Read more...] about Spain has lowest ‘delusions of grandeur’ in Europe: poll