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The economics of marijuana

The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:21 )

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View from Central Park

Signs of summer

In most cities in the world, you know it is spring or on the way to summertime when the sunshine spills over and you see bicycle riders, en masse, filling the streets. The thing is, in Denver, you’ve got sunshine spilling over during all four seasons. So other signs become the markers of spring and summer. Lately though, Denver feels more like rainy Seattle. Lest you misunderstand, I absolutely adore thunderstorms. As far as I am concerned, bring them on. Denver always has. Come late aftern...
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View From Denver

Recess

Best I can remember, recess in elementary school was 45 minutes, not 45 days. But what did I know? I wasn’t a United States Congressman. I’m still not, which means I don’t understand “recess.” I flipped on the radio earlier this week and learned that the United States Senate Majority Leader ruined the Senators’ current recess by calling them back for an important vote this Sunday.
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Conservative Lens

Why Pamela Geller is hated

Pamela Geller — the woman whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, organized the Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas — may be the most hated person in America right now. She is certainly the left’s chief villain. And, sad to say, though few conservatives hate her, more than a few have condemned her. The question is why? Here are three reasons.
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Shavuot

As we celebrate Shavuot and receiving the Torah, it’s worth remembering that it almost didn’t transpire. In tractate Shabbat 88b, many of the famous narratives surrounding the giving of the Torah are found. One of them recounts that when Moses went up on high to receive the Torah, he encountered opposition. From whom? From none other than the angels. These celestial creatures felt that it was below the dignity of the Torah for mere human flesh and blood to receive the treasured Torah that h...
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