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    Thunder River Theatre’s ‘The Price’ proves a powerhouse

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    “The Price” has been the least staged of playwright Arthur Miller’s plays. The current production at Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) reveals it as Miller’s most underrated play.

    TRTC’s production is a powerhouse, as good as any live theatre this reviewer has seen. (Reviewer’s Note: While living in San… read more →

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    Let's write a story together

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    Editor’s note: This is the start of a sort of telephone-game story we plan to run as part of this monthly literary and creativity section. Let us know at if you’d like to write the next chapter!

    By Will Grandbois 

    Something strange was going on in more →

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    Fundraiser for new pickleball courts on Feb. 10

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    The numbers are growing and the problem is starting to get out of hand. In Carbondale, the number of pickleball addicts has quadrupled in the last two years and that number is expected to climb even higher as more people discover the “high” they feel during a game.
    High… read more →

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    The Czech Republic by bike

    I am on a train to the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, South Moravia, to the town of Breclev (jits-luv) where I will get my bicycle to begin my trip. The last two days in Prague were all about history. I learned about King Charles IV (thumbs up), the years under Soviet rule (thumbs down), Vaclav Havel, the first Czech President after the fall of the Soviet Republic (two thumbs up) and the passion Mozart had for Czech women (understandable). It is claimed he wrote the overture to Don Giovanni the morning it premiered, as he was preoccupied and distracted by his carousing. read more →
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    Ps & Qs: Living with our past

    Research shows that humans may be born with our ancestors’ emotional experiences already imprinted in our genetic makeup. I mean, if we inherit things like eye color, bone structure, and mannerisms, why not emotional conditioning? In theory, this would make each generation better than the last, giving us the psychological tools to cope with anything our ancestors had already overcome. read more →
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    Seeking Higher Ground: The New Deep Throat is a Park Ranger?

    During the election, as “fake news” (i.e. propaganda) flew from both the left and the right, I had several conversations with other local journalists about where they get their news and made some personal adjustments and resolutions. read more →
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    Insults win the presidency

    Dear Editor: Hearing the democrats stretching to understand what they did so wrong that Trump got elected, I remember Jeb Bush inadvertently exposing Don’s strategy. He told Trump that he could not insult his way to the presidency. Trump smiled, looked up, then left and right in an un-worded reply of ‘we’ll see’. read more →
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    More to tax than oil

    Dear Editor: The thought that Garfield County is sending money to a Texas concern to promote the oil and gas industry while closing down our libraries for lack of funds sickens me. Libraries are essential to any community. What price do you put on the public’s access to knowledge? read more →
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    What it’s like to be a feminist in the Year of the Cock

    It’s 2017, the Chinese Year of the Cock, and the ERA still has not been ratified (written by Alice Paul in 1923, passed by Congress in 1972, still not ratified by the required minimum of 38 states to become part of our constitution). Some say it’s not necessary because women already have the right to vote, but this is about more than voting. read more →
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    The Trump gap

    Dear Editor: Kellyanne Conway, Trumps hypnotic surrogate, was asked if, now that Trump will be our president, will his tweets become more factual. Kellyanne answered that, “to Trump’s supporters there are no facts. What Trump says is a fact. What the media says is a lie.” read more →