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    Earth Day, cats and birds

    By Nancy Peterson

    The celebration of Earth Day marks a key victory of the modern environmental movement in the United States in 1970.

    Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin envisioned the very first Earth Day, harnessing the energy of student anti-war protests toread more →

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    Local government in action

    Guest opinion by Bill Kight

    At the April 13th Carbondale Town Trustee meeting, my participation via Zoom was to exercise my right to petition and my right to freedom of speech.

    My family lives in the Cleveland Place development to the west of Eighth Street andread more →

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    This Is Your Backyard

    By Alex Menard

    The Upper Crystal River Valley, from Marble to Schofield Pass, is the finest backyard anyone could wish for. Mostly spectacular wilderness, it also contains the town of Crystal with the famous mill and other historic mining sites. It is home to majestic mountains from the rugged granite… read more →

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    Mature Content: Michael and Karla

    By Ron Kokish

    It was 1970. We had professional degrees, a house, beginning careers and a three-year-old son, The Great Society, weed and Beatles music. A bright future seemed certain for us and our country. The only thing missing was a daughter. As weekend hippies, we easily fixed that by… read more →

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    Ps & Qs: I should’ve gone to Vassar

    “There’s a time and a place for everything … It’s called college.” -Chef Jerome McElroy

    When I was growing up, the question wasn’t, “Are you going to college?” It was, “Where are you going to college?” I attended a state university right after high school, but in hindsight, that wasn’t… read more →

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    Seeking Higher Ground: In praise of nurses

    I didn’t plan to spend extended periods with nurses in the year of COVID-19. But after three eye surgeries gave me an up-close and personal view, I came away convinced that nursing must be a “calling,” something akin to ministry.
    These days, cataract surgery is almost routine (or was… read more →

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    Presume positive intent

    By Ben Bohmfalk

    Recently I have noticed a heightened level of angst in locals’ discourse about where our town is heading. Specifically, some of the discourse in emails, letters, and on social media about 8th Street sidewalks, new development along 133, and the Main Street summer closure has veered from… read more →

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    Slow is the New Fast: Climate of Love

    I am deeply concerned about the future of Carbondale, and the world, and how we will hold together amidst increasing social, economic and climate pressures. As Carbondale grapples with the complexities of racial injustice around Michael Francisco’s case, like many of you I’ve been trying to understand how to best… read more →

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    Ps & Qs: Twenty Years Ago

    Twenty years ago, the Carbondale cops knew me. I lived a couple of miles outside of town and sometimes they would give me a ride if I was walking home late at night (the nice ones would even stop by 7/11 for nachos). My husband worked part-time as a bartender… read more →

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    God said, “The fire, not a flood next time.”

    Did the smoke rising from last summer’s Grizzly Creek Fire scare the hell outta you? Was it frustrating to go outside because you thought you’d be safer from the coronavirus and be choked by the smoke and ash?
    Does it make you heartsick to drive through… read more →

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