Category Archives: David Long

An automatic reflex

Print this articleRecently I wrote a short news story for the Free Press Facebook page about the armed robbery of a Durango pot shop in which I referred to the suspect’s weapon as an “automatic rifle.” In fact, it was an AR-15, … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2017

An automatic reflex

Print this articleRecently I wrote a short news story for the Free Press Facebook page about the armed robbery of a Durango pot shop in which I referred to the suspect’s weapon as an “automatic rifle.” In fact, it was … Continue reading

Published in David Long

Once upon a time in Berkeley. . .

Print this articleLike Forrest Gump, I have witnessed a few key historical events close up, though I lay no claim to having played any meaningful role in them, nor even having grasped their significance at the time. So the recent … Continue reading

Published in David Long, March 2017

Once upon a time in Berkeley. . .

Print this articleLike Forrest Gump, I have witnessed a few key historical events close up, though I lay no claim to having played any meaningful role in them, nor even having grasped their significance at the time. So the recent … Continue reading

Published in David Long, March 2017

Guns don’t kill people

Print this articleAs comedian Chris Rock has pointed out, guns don’t kill people, bullets do. So, Rock suggested, one way of reducing the number of firearm-related murders in this country might be to charge $10,000 for each round of ammo, … Continue reading

Published in David Long, November 2015

Scalia’s dissent is far out, man!

Print this articleWhen’s the last time you remember someone using the word “hippie”? If you say “quite a while,” that’s only because you haven’t read Justice Antonin Scalia’s hilarious dissent from the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision declaring laws against … Continue reading

Published in David Long, July 2015

Collateral damage

Print this articleIt was called “collateral damage,” as though giving the random killing of human beings such a vaguely scientific name somehow took away its awful truth – that truth being our government was quite willing to take innocent Iraqi … Continue reading

Published in David Long, March 2015

Saints and sinners

Print this articleNone of us are angels, regardless of our good works and words, and most of us would readily concede this. But gently pointing this out in a profile of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death by … Continue reading

Published in David Long, September 2014

Something ought to be done, by golly

Print this articleIt was horrific. Once again, my whole weekend was thrown into complete disarray by current events. Last winter it was the shooting in Tucson of a Congresswoman and many others at a shopping center by a crazy man … Continue reading

Published in David Long, January 2013

A dark night for America

Print this articleLike all good-hearted Americans, I felt real bad for a little while about the recent recordbreaking mass slaughter inside an Aurora movie theater, then just mildly bad when I was reminded of it by the endless TV coverage. … Continue reading

Published in August 2012, David Long

Gun power

Print this articleOn any given month, there is almost bound to be at least one mass shooting in the good old land of the Second Amendment. The latest of these – or maybe not by the time this is published … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2012

What’s a life worth?

Print this articlePoet John Donne observed that no man is an island, and that the loss of anyone diminishes us all. This is, of course, a much more generous interpretation of our short time here on Earth than was expressed … Continue reading

Published in April 2012, David Long

Money holds sway in college sports

Print this articleI grew up not far from State College, Pa., home of the now-notorious Pennsylvania State University, and in fact one of my family graduated from there with a teaching degree. This was around the time “JoePa” – Penn … Continue reading

Published in David Long, December 2011

Maybe it wasn’t such an inexplicable act

Print this article“a politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.” – e.e. cummings The mass murder spree in Arizona a few weeks ago sure got people talking, especially our elected leaders. Glib politicians all extended sympathy to … Continue reading

Published in David Long, February 2011

Is there a little prince or princess in your house?

Print this articleAll the recent hoopla around “The Royal Wedding” in London sickened me – mostly figuratively, but a bit literally as well. The actual wave of nausea came when I saw the latest “Royal Couple” on the front of … Continue reading

Published in David Long, June 2011

Phantom candidates don’t deserve to win

Print this articleTo the good citizens of Cortez: If you truly know what’s good for you, you’ll turn out in droves to vote against recalling the five members of the city council that a few disgruntled malcontents and developers are … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2011

McInnis’ Water-loo

Print this articleIf you’ve lived in Colorado’s Third Congressional District for a while, the name of GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis should ring a bell. But even if it doesn’t, I would like to sound one now — an alarm … Continue reading

Published in August 2010, David Long

Marching backward into the future

Print this articleNo one looked particularly enslaved — yet a return to the “freedoms” of the past was the theme of a Tea Party rally in Cortez on April 15, the most painful day of all for those who believe … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2010

Will politics trump justice?

Print this articleDo as I say, not as I do. This is the admonition parents occasionally finger-wag at their naughty children for minor transgressions of which they themselves have been guilty. (Son, we just didn’t know how harmful it was … Continue reading

Published in April 2010, David Long

Teams’ ‘respect’ for Indians is only Skin-deep

Print this articleAfter a couple decades during which public opinion has waxed, then waned in its superficial indignation, the U.S. Supreme Court has finally spoken: There ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little well-intentioned racism when it’s cloaked in the glamour … Continue reading

Published in David Long, December 2009