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Todd Clough

We often hear people proudly say, with vigor and swagger, that America is the greatest country—politicians especially, self-identified patriots proclaim it as well. Hell, I have even said it, but according to the eight different world rankings... more

Capitol Opinion

The Carla Madison Recreation Center at the corner of Colfax and Josephine opened in January to great fanfare. A few weeks later than originally planned, but considering the scope of work involved with this project, completely understandable. more

Capitol Opinion

Tony Giordano, affectionately known by many as Tony G., has been a fixture in commercial real estate around our fair city since 1976. Meet him one time and you are no longer a stranger and you most certainly will not forget him. more

Capitol Lifestyle

I have been keeping an informal survey; one out of 10 new people that I have met in the last month are Colorado natives, six out of 10 have lived in the Mile High City for less than two years. According to the Census Bureau, Denver ranks 11th on... more

Capitol Opinion

Outrage, insensitivity, disappointment, angst, frustration and totally inappropriate are descriptors that I’ve been hearing in regard to the dumb-ass sign at ink! Coffee in the RiNo neighborhood. In case you have been visiting Mars for the last... more

Capitol Opinion

According to Charity Navigator, December is the month in which human beings are the most generous. In 2016, 31 percent of annual giving occurred in the month of December and 12 percent of annual giving occurred during the last three days of the year. more

Capitol Opinion

November is the month in which we celebrate a day of thanks. It is my favorite holiday by light-years. Spending a day with people I love, sharing great food, stories of appreciation and signs of affection. Thoughts of this celebration makes my... more

Capitol Opinion

As you all most likely know, the City of Denver started phasing out the dumpster program a few years ago. My alley was one of the last to go. It was taken from me a couple weeks ago. I thought about chaining myself to the dumpster as a symbolic... more

Capitol Opinion

A few months ago in a letter to the editor, a reader who took issue with my commentary about rude bicyclists accused me of a few negative things. The accusation that stung the most was his accusation that I am a whiner. Ouch, because a good... more

Capitol Opinion

I am car shopping—I can’t decide between the Bugatti Veyron for $3.4 million or the Lamborghini Veneno for $4.5 million. Most likely I will end up with a 2002 Buick. According to the Congressional Budget Office “Trends in Family Wealth 1989-2013”... more

Capitol Opinion

On the first of May, I retired after 30 years at a non-profit human service agency serving Denver’s low-income, disenfranchised and oft-ignored community members. I was blessed to be a part of the equation for so long and there is plenty... more

Capitol Opinion

“Bicycle bicycle, bicycle. I want to ride my bicycle bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike, I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like!” squealed Freddy Mercury and Queen in 1981. You remember Queen... more

Capitol Opinion

Michael Jackson wanted to “Just beat it, beat it…” I want the world to get back to faking it, just faking it. I have come to the belief that bluntness, harsh realities and partisan-opinionated tirades are leading us down a mannerless path... more

Capitol Opinion

As a social zoology experiment, I became an Uber driver during this past holiday season. I was quite impressed by the ease and the efficiency of the qualification process. I made an appointment and showed up on time, and they proceeded to give my more

Capitol Opinion

I was fortunate enough to receive a three-month sabbatical from my long-time job recently. I fully intended on getting back to work and falling right back into the rhythm. Oh, what little I knew... more

Capitol Opinion

The last operating gas station within the city limits of Denver will be closing at the end of May in order to make room for yet another coffee shop. more

Capitol Opinion

“When all the dark clouds roll away / And the sun begins to shine / I see my freedom from across the way / And it comes right in on time more

Capitol Opinion

I have my two front teeth (although one of them is fake; yes, I used to play hockey), so I am fine in that regard. Here are a few other things that I would greatly appreciate receiving for Christmas this year: more

Capitol Opinion

A common phrase we have all heard, and most of us have said, leads us down the curmudgeonian (made-up-word alert!) path of this month’s column. Some things and some people are simply annoying, but something that is annoying to you might be perfectly more

Capitol Opinion

That is my new favorite bumper sticker. Well actually it is a three-way tie. I also really like “No Feeding The Hipsters” and “Outlaw Man Buns & Bring Back The Mullet.” more

Capitol Opinion