Category Archives: Galen Larson

What is true patriotism?

Print this articleThis is the month when Americans really show their patriotism, right? Lots of loud, bright fireworks, flags waving in the sun, red, white and blue frosted cakes – all to remind us what a great country we have. … Continue reading

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Take aim at the NRA

Print this articleI’d like to talk about the Second Amendment and the misguided and misunderstood ways it has been interpreted. It seems to me to be some sort of riddle that would require a shaman to interpret. Some say it … Continue reading

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A dark day in Cortez

Print this articleNov. 7 was not a red-letter day for Cortez. Black crepe would be more appropriate. We had a question on the ballot, Measure 3B, asking voters for an increase of close to 5 mills a year in our … Continue reading

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Don’t imitate Texas

Print this articleI have to take issue with another Free Press columnist, Dexter Gill, over his views on public lands. He seems to believe they should be privatized or turned over to the states to manage. Maybe he hasn’t traveled … Continue reading

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Our community needs a solid foundation

Print this articleIn my travels and work throughout my life, I have never been in an area where there is so much stupidity. I would have said ignorance, but ignorance can be eliminated by education. Not stupidity. Doesn’t anyone in … Continue reading

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Fighting the oligarchy

Print this articleWe are fast losing our place in the world as a leader of a free people. Freedom is a costly commodity that takes an open mind, a steady hand and a lot of compassion. We cannot become the … Continue reading

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Missing Nixon

Print this articleWe have to look to the past to see how we wound up with this narcissistic sexual predator became president of the greatest country in the world. Why the world “pervert”? Well, by his own locker-room words he … Continue reading

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Missing Nixon

Print this articleWe have to look to the past to see how we wound up with this narcissistic sexual predator became president of the greatest country in the world. Why the world “pervert”? Well, by his own locker-room words he … Continue reading

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The Great Wall

Print this articleabout it. We’re building the wall. We’re building the wall. In fact, it’s going to start soon. Way ahead of schedule, way ahead of schedule. Way, way, way ahead of schedule. It’s going to start very soon.” — … Continue reading

Published in Galen Larson, March 2017

The Great Wall

Print this articleabout it. We’re building the wall. We’re building the wall. In fact, it’s going to start soon. Way ahead of schedule, way ahead of schedule. Way, way, way ahead of schedule. It’s going to start very soon.” — … Continue reading

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The patriotic duty conservatives avoid

Print this articleIsn’t it strange that those who are so adamantly opposed to taxes try so hard to get on the tax-supported welfare wagon by seeking political office? Politics is apparently the next step up for those who can’t make … Continue reading

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Our beautiful community deserves more

Print this articleI was introduced to Cortez and Montezuma County 42 years ago on a little venture to To-hell-you-ride while living in Flagstaff, another small town. Telluride could have been bought for $500,000, more or less, and the seller would … Continue reading

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Riding roughshod over nature

Print this articleWe have many folks here that want the Forest Service to allow them and their ilk the right to drive their four-wheel gas-guzzlers anywhere there is the faintest route through the brush. If it’s a trail from the … Continue reading

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Caregivers and our health system

Print this articleOn a recent morning I was treated to a news story that should have made me happy. Instead, it reminded me of things happening right here in Montezuma County. The incident that made national news: High-paid exec gives … Continue reading

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A woeful fable

Print this articleThe Republicans remind me of a tale of woe told in an old fable. A farmer had a small tract of land and it was hard to make ends meet. But he had a very good team of … Continue reading

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A need for better records

Print this articleI would like to see the minutes of the Montezuma County commissioners’ meetings be kept in greater detail. As things exist, it is hard to research the past actions of the commissioners or the questions asked by constituents. … Continue reading

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Top-heavy government

Print this articleOur economic-minded county commissioners are concerned about spending monies to keep us informed via legal notices in the Journal newspaper. Dictatorships do not like informed constituents. But there is a great need to make it as easy as possible for … Continue reading

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Why we need agriculture

Print this articleBeauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Some years back, there was a push to clean up the entrances to Cortez. It was defeated by those who deem garbage … Continue reading

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Shaming Veterans Day

Print this articleHere it is, another Veterans Day, and Congress cannot find the money to build a hospital in Denver to care for our veterans. It took less than 24 hours to deliver “shock and awe” to the people of … Continue reading

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Alien invaders

Print this articleIll-eagle, ill-eagle, ill-eagle. I have a houseful of them. This problem goes back to the Second World War. When we were short of labor for the war effort, we imported workers from Mexico and points south. They were … Continue reading

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Our county’s negative notoriety

Print this articleHooray, hooray, Cortez is leading the way – to the bottom. I saw in the news recently that we here in Montezuma County have garnered the dubious distinction of being the eighth-worst place to live in the state … Continue reading

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Some questions about our new ‘club’

Print this articleI am pleased to see some other citizens are also concerned about our county’s new membership in a club called the American Lands Council. I understand that it has a president and communications officer – a man and … Continue reading

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Leaders need to have vision

Print this articleMontezuma County needs our help. We cannot stand by and let persons in Utah scam our commissioners, because when they are scammed, we are also. They were elected by the people of Montezuma County and should not govern … Continue reading

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Respecting our veterans

Print this articleThe cruel war was over – oh, the triumph was so sweet! We watched the troops returning, through our tears; There was triumph, triumph, triumph down the scarlet glittering street, And you scarce could hear the music for the cheers. And you … Continue reading

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Paying our dues

Print this articleIsn’t it strange how some words that mean similar things can sound very different when used? For instance, “dues” and “taxes.” Dues are, of course, money paid to a club, organization, or church as required to support that … Continue reading

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The sad legacy we are leaving

Print this articleIn the Good Book there is a verse called Acts 17:26. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, … Continue reading

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Kinder Morgan’s farm could be a boon

Print this articleWow – what a headline! Kinder Morgan asks to farm local land. That appeared in the Nov. 17 Cortez Journal. The article was mostly about water delivery and pipelines, but at the end, it mentioned that Kinder Morgan had … Continue reading

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Going down with the ship

Print this articleWell, the blue dog Democrats deserted their constituents and gave away our country to the very people that put us in this mess in the first place. Why the news media calls them “blue dogs” beats me. Blue … Continue reading

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What is the county’s mission

Print this articleNow that Montezuma County has a relatively new staff and board of county commissioners, I ask: What is their mission? Do they have an agenda to lift our county out of poverty? What will they come up with … Continue reading

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The high cost of low wages

Print this article“The owner, the employees, and the buying public are all one and the same, and unless an industry can so manage itself as to keep wages high and prices low it destroys itself, for otherwise it limits the number of its customers. … Continue reading

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Privatizing public lands would make no sense

Print this articleThere seems to be a movement afoot lately to turn control of our public lands over to states and counties, with the idea that this would somehow give greater freedom in the way those lands are managed. Don’t … Continue reading

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My July 7 civics lesson

Print this articleOn July 7, I received a lesson in civics – a hard one. Everyone has heard the statement, “So-and-so has left the building.” Well, on that day, 120 taxpayers learned that democracy has left Montezuma County. The large … Continue reading

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Water, water everywhere? That isn’t the case

Print this articleIt puzzles me why more residents and irrigators are not more concerned about our future potable water supply. Without water, our Western Slope could be the 21st Century’s Owens Valley of Colorado. We in Montezuma County and the … Continue reading

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Montezuma County’s debilitating condition

Print this articleMontezuma County has a debilitating disease that surfaces every now and then, hampering our growth. Its acronym is PPLS. Its symptoms include a lack of innovation and a lack of vision, a John Wayne mentality, a rough-and-ready individual … Continue reading

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Taking care of our community

Print this articleA group that doesn’t take good care of its members is a group that doesn’t command much loyalty(and probably won’t last long). – Daniel Quinn, “Beyond Civilization.” We are not beyond civilization; we are not even civilized. The difference between … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy and government

Print this articleThere seems to be a lot of concern in this county about government overreach, too many taxes, and infringement on freedoms. Nobody likes the government, it seems. Yet all these anti-government folks are walking around on tax-funded sidewalks … Continue reading

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What happens when rights conflict?

Print this articleYou hear a lot of talk about rights today. Our elected officials are always voicing their concerns about our individual rights. It sounds great to be in favor of private property rights. Hooray! Who wouldn’t be for those? … Continue reading

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Be a Christian – support the ACA

Print this articleThere must be some good in the Affordable Care Act, as I read recently in the Cortez Journal that the corporation managing our Southwest Memorial Hospital is looking forward to its implementation to help pay off their $4.6 … Continue reading

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The real wolf in the fold

Print this articleFor centuries we have portrayed the wolf as a horrific beast, writing fables about its cunning, viciousness and dangerousness. Yet there are very few examples of it ever attacking humans. All the while we ignore the fact that … Continue reading

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End the Veterans Day revelries

Print this articleIn my short lifetime, I have seen the results of six of our longest wars. One of my uncles came back from World War I, “The War to End All Wars,” with mental issues and no sense of … Continue reading

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