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  • So much for sticking to the center

    George W. Bush has refused to govern from the center, and with the Republicans in charge of the government, a mandate from the voters doesn’t matter

  • Oil money rules in the West's mini-Middle East

    Two Democratic governors – Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming and Bill Richardson of New Mexico – find themselves caught between the money that comes from the energy industry and the environmental impacts of oil and gas development

  • Getting rude at the nation’s big funeral

    The writer expresses discomfort at the nation’s funeral for Ronald Reagan

  • Rednecks and hippies unite!

    The small-town politics of a place like Paonia, Colo., are a microcosm of the nation today, revealing deep political divisions and a kind of winner-takes-all arrogance on the part of those in power

  • The environment's 'most durable foe'

    Historian Steven C. Schulte’s new book, Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West, portrays the chair of the House Interior Committee and the environmental movement’s "most durable foe" as a fair but rigid representative who, surprisingly, joc

  • Eating humble pie can be good for you

    The writer confesses to being wrong about his orchard and wonders why politicians find it so hard to say they are sorry

  • Watch out Mars, we don’t treat frontiers with respect

    The writer says forget Mars, we’ve got trouble on our Western frontier

  • Bush is a man of his word: He's audacious, but should that be surprising?

    Democrats can learn a thing or two from the way Bush and the conservative Republicans are using political power

  • President Bush should consider a “land grab“ of his own

    A visit to Arizona’s new Agua Fria National Monument – one of those designated by Clinton at the end of his presidency – points up the failure of the Bush administration to protect and preserve the public lands

  • Watt turns history on its head

    Former Interior Secretary James Watt still sees himself as a victim of environmental "selfish interest groups," conveniently forgetting that he fought against popular conservation laws on behalf of powerful corporations

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