Items by Ed Quillen

Mayberry and Peyton Place
Mayberry and Peyton Place
Public policy has ravaged America's small towns, despite lip service by some politicians.
Vote early, if not often
Now that my polling place is no longer across the street, early voting is a great way to avoid the long lines.
Unaccustomed attention
You know this is a strange year when your neighbors are being quoted in a New York Times story about the presidential election.
A guidebook we might use
We might need a new kind of outdoor guidebook if an outdoorsy drill-here drill-now U.S. Senate candidate gets his way.
We've heard the "drill now" drumbeat before
Jimmy Carter’s energy plan – especially his promotion of synfuels development – would have been disastrous for the West.
Do you live in a small town?
It isn't just population; it's also about whether drivers use their turn signals.
Late aspen, early melting
Informal evidence of a warming climate.
Pigs and politics
Pigs may not be part of our daily lives, but they're certainly part of our daily discourse.
The deja-vu of ‘Drill here, drill now’
The deja-vu of ‘Drill here, drill now’
Despite a few sensible aspects, Jimmy Carter’s ideas about energy would not have been good for the West’s environment.
New GOP tax policy?
Alaska's tax-and-spend
Celebrating local history
Commemorating Juan Bautista de Anza, famous in California but obscure in Colorado.
Of populists and political fusion
The last time the Democratic Party held its national convention in Denver was 100 years ago, when the Democratic presidential candidate was well-known Populist William Jennings Bryan.
What Westerners would love to ask the candidates
What Westerners would love to ask the candidates
The West is supposed to be a key battleground in this year’s election, but the presidential candidates have managed to avoid addressing Western issues.
Learning from tourists
Slowpoke drivers may be annoying, but they remind us to enjoy what we have around us.
The debate that won’t happen
Even though the West is supposed to be a key battleground in this year’s election, so far the presidential candidates have managed to avoid addressing Western issues.
One way to look at $4 gas
When you consider the long and complex process, it doesn't seem like such a bad deal.
Of vocabulary and the Fourth
Somewhere there must be an inclusive word for one who cherishes the country without turning it into a fatherland, motherland or homeland.
Who you calling terrorist?
Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.
The latest trend in name-calling
Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.
Cold dead fingers
Ed Quillen considers Charlton Heston, the Second Amendment, and the rights, wrongs and responsibilities of gun ownership out West.
Wyoming’s day in the spin
Ed Quillen looks behind the recent brouhaha of Wyoming’s Democratic caucuses, and speculates on Hillary Clinton’s response to Barack Obama’s victory in the state.
We’re in a land of Lincoln
For better and for worse, the West of today was created by Abraham Lincoln and the early Republican Party.
The Year of Ignorance about the West
Why don't the presidential candidates and the national media take the trouble to learn something about us?
The West remains a mysterious region
Ed Quillen says that even in this so-called “Year of the West,” presidential candidates and media pundits demonstrate a deplorable ignorance of the region’s history and culture.
Sometimes the priceless really is priceless
Ed Quillen questions the market-driven approach to valuing wilderness.
How to be alone with a lot of other people
The writer sees a nature-bagger trend spreading through the West
The devil made us do it
The writer says tough places inspired devilish names in the region
The devil made us do it
From Devils Tower to the Devils Slide, Old Nick is very much at home in the West
Surprise! Colorado’s senate race focused on the issues
The writer says Colorado voters focused on issues to pick a moderate Hispanic Democrat for senator
Why the West gets mostly ignored in an election year
The writer explains why Western states get no respect during a Presidential election
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