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  • The Old West went that-a-way

    Encouraged by an East Coast editor, the writer gives her outspoken opinion of the "Real West," and the editor turns it down.

  • Leave my town out of your 'Top 10'

    When an article appears in Men's Journal proclaiming his home town in the "top 10" of best places to live, the author can't understand what criteria the decision was based on.

  • Developers push revisionist history

    Developers engage in "green washing" when they claim willing participation in consensus to save Dry Lake.

  • The Postal Service stamps the mythic West

    Wyoming's fight with Montana over a new Montana stamp that shows a cowboy on a bucking horse shows that the Postal Service has fallen for Western myths that have nothing to do with the states' real characters.

  • Notes from a corporate insider: It's not easy turning green

    The sustainable-business movement, which holds that environmentalism and business can be a winning combination, is not as easy on the ground as it may seem.

  • Bush turns BLM into energy machine

    President Bush's brand-new National Energy Office is designed to expedite drilling and mining on public lands.

  • In California, no water project is too big

    An Alaska company's much-mocked plan to haul bags of water 400 miles along the California coast is really no crazier than the things California has come up with in its search for water.

  • Westerners share a different reality

    A "time" magazine column about satellite radio that described the New Jersey Turnpike as "the middle of nowhere" provides unintentional humor to Westerners who know the real meaning of nowhere.

  • You can call mine Mortgage Manor

    A new database that allows one to register the fancy names of luxury homes for $75 a house will not get a lot of use by those who live in houses with names like Sagging Floor and Mortgage Manor.

  • The Eucalyptus: Sacred or profane?

    The writer says that California's much-prized eucalyptus trees are really overgrown, fire-prone weeds that would be better off in their native Australia.

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