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My New Year's 'rulin's' for 2014 include an 'adios'

My New Year’s ‘rulin’s’ for 2014 include an ‘adios’

By Patrick McGann On New Year’s Day, I finally got to wondering about resolutions. I haven’t done that in a few years. I contemplated. I ruminated. I Googled. I found Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions from 1943. He called them “rulin’s.” Isn’t that something? Among them were pledges to shave, and shine his shoes, work...
The health care dilemma: Someday we will remember why

The health care dilemma: Someday we will remember why

By Patrick McGann In the future, in all 50 states, all health insurance will cover preventative care, doctor’s office visits, maternity care and mental illness. Health insurers will not be able to cancel your policy because you were struck with a costly disease. You will not become uninsurable because your blood sugar got out of...
$15 an hour minimum wage? The horror!

$15 an hour minimum wage? The horror!

By Patrick McGann I was writing my column on the modern secessionist movement of the West, as was just voted on in 11 Colorado counties, when I wandered off into “the role of tradition and tolerance in a free society.” I do that every now and then. I call it “going tweedy.” I immediately fell...
Autumn is for hunters

Autumn is for hunters

By Patrick McGann I have not been a hunter as long as I’ve been a writer, but I’ve been a hunter as much as I’ve been a writer. For me, they are very much related. And for most of my career, I’ve written about hunting (and other outdoor pursuits). I started hunting young, definitely before...
The case of the passive/aggressive county commission

The case of the passive/aggressive county commission

By Patrick McGann I know, I should be haranguing the county commission on their ATV bulldozery, but I kind of feel like it’s a waste of time. They’re not listening, and I don’t think they are very concerned about the things the rest of us are concerned about. That much is obvious. I’m not sure...
Look out! Here comes Obamacare!

Look out! Here comes Obamacare!

July 17, 2013 By PATRICK McGANN Since 2010 the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted 38 times to repeal Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner just announced they are going to vote to gut it for a 39th time, which, of course, has absolutely no chance of passing the Senate or clearing Obama’s desk. They really, really...
Quick, pick liberty or death

Quick, pick liberty or death

June 12, 2013 By PATRICK McGANN One. The Internal Revenue Service’s “targeting” scandal is exactly what the IRS says it is, overwhelmed bureaucrats making inappropriate shortcuts to more efficiently accomplish what they’re supposed to be doing – profiling, basically. Two. The National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting, mining and intricately sifting massive amounts of...
A little fun with irrationality

A little fun with irrationality

May 8, 2013 BY PATRICK McGANN A national poll released last week shows that almost one in three Americans believe it might be necessary to take up arms against the federal government and sooner rather than later. It was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s public policy publication, PublicMind. The actual polling statement, put to 863...
The horror of imaginary tyrannies

The horror of imaginary tyrannies

April 10, 2013 BY PATRICK McGANN Oh, yeah. I forgot. I write a column. OK, let me update you. Job hunt is going well, kinda. Remodel is almost done (which means I’m about halfway finished; I’m on it, hon). Just about everything else is pretty whacked out, as usual. OK, so here goes: Guns! Guns!...