Items by Forrest Whitman

Rural railroads are more important than your new trails
Rural railroads are more important than your new trails
Converting rails to trails can hurt economies and make it harder to battle blazes.
What happens in a small town when the gas goes out?
What happens in a small town when the gas goes out?
A writer ponders his community’s dependence on natural gas in its absence.
Don’t give up on riding the rails
Don’t give up on riding the rails
A writer muses on a recent loss of confidence in the West’s rail system.
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Political advice from a Democrat who ran and lost his own campaign for mayor.
Border and immigration agents have too much power
Border and immigration agents have too much power
In July, ICE sent German foreign exchange students back home.
The political right and left are stuck in polarizing myths
The political right and left are stuck in polarizing myths
Neighbors in a small Colorado town are splintered, but neither are correct.
Last ride for the West’s iconic trains?
Last ride for the West’s iconic trains?
Trump’s budget would make it harder for Westerners to ride the rail.
Lessons from the fire line
Lessons from the fire line
Reminiscing on a half-century in the forest.
The Colorado caucus system works — sort of
The Colorado caucus system works — sort of
The minuteae of the political process matter and are sometimes based on outdated systems.
Potty-mouths have a long history in Western politics
Potty-mouths have a long history in Western politics
Donald Trump is just the latest politician to resort to vulgar language.
Western nativism has a rotten odor
On E.M. Frimbo and riding the Western rails
For the love of trains
For the love of trains
Just call John Hickenlooper the Silver Fox
Train Day brought out the Chief’s supporters
A word from the grassroots
A word from the grassroots
Talking frankly with neighbors at my precinct caucus.
Not all endangered species live in the forest
Not all endangered species live in the forest
Struggling individuals in the rural West deserve as much support as needy wildlife.
Gold, guns, and suckers born every minute
Gold, guns, and suckers born every minute
With the right kind of marketing any unsound idea can flourish in the West.
Our Western heartland train is endangered
Our Western heartland train is endangered
In defense of the historic Southwest Chief.
Living in a caboose, supporting the railroad
Living in a caboose, supporting the railroad
A man who lives in a train urges us to advocate for a robust regional rail network.
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