Policy and Politics | by Megan Graham
For a decade or more, earlier in my adulthood, I had a debilitating fear of flying. Any impending plane trip triggered a weeks-long panic fest in anticipation, followed by outright meltdowns on the dreaded travel day. This was not much fun for me, and no picnic for my travel companions.
Given this pattern... ...read more
Primary season is good sport for political nerds, with candidates of the same party vying to outdo one another as the most pure ideological water-carrier. There is certainly no small amount of theater involved in the exercise: Candidates position themselves along a spectrum so that primary voters can identify where... ...read more
Like a couple of letter writers who have weighed in on the dreaded disposable bag issue, I am a friend of the feline. I won’t embarrass myself by revealing the precise number of these creatures that live in my home, but between the cats’ nutritional demands and their leavings, suffice it to say that our... ...read more
Here is a familiar tale to anyone who either lived through their teen years or has children who have done so or are in the process thereof: On a warm summer night in the wee hours, boredom has struck a group of boys dispersed across a neighborhood in close proximity to a golf course. One of said boys hatches a plot to... ...read more
When I was a young picky kid, my mother went through a healthy cooking phase.
Never a natural in the kitchen, she set about to prepare for my sister and me wholesome meals chock full of the finest healthy ingredients the ’80s had to offer. This resulted in many a disappointing family dining experience,... ...read more
For the past several months, The Durango Herald’s editorial board has been holding public meetings twice a month (or so) to discuss with readers various issues of what we consider to be mutual concern. This ongoing conversation, held at rotating times and venues so as to accommodate caffeine fans and afternoon... ...read more
Some people in my life find arguing with me annoying, given some of the tendencies I have developed as an opinion writer. The tools are the same: Build a case to support a position. Use examples. Support them with logic. If necessary, deploy rhetorical or emotional flourish to underscore a point. The first –... ...read more
The first couple of weeks after school ends each year, there is a certain amount of child laziness that is acceptable. After all, kids work hard throughout the academic year and deserve a bit of carefree unstructured time to rest their busy little minds.
Much as my kids would prefer otherwise, though, this... ...read more
When considered in hindsight, retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann’s, R-Minn., ascension onto the national political stage is rather amazing, given her outrageous positions on any number of issues. Among the greatest Bachmann hits are her allegations that Obamacare “literally kills women, kills children, kills... ...read more