Swan Song

For the past two years this space has carried essays on topics ranging from climate hysteria, vengeful bureaucracies and the failings of media, to the wonders of ice cream and tributes to Charles Krauthammer and Chuck Berry.  It has been a delight to share with you experiences across the spectrum. In my 40+ years in and around the upstream oil and gas industry, it.. read more →

Reform the Endangered Species Act?  Cue the Outrage/Hysteria/Handwringing *yawn*

In the 45 years since the Endangered Species Act was visited on the U.S., it has simultaneously ranked as the most revered environmental initiative and the most reviled.  How can such a well-intended statute run afoul of its laudable goals?  Easy, the devil as always is in the details. ESA enjoyed near unanimous support when.. read more →

Election Follies – Madness 2018 Edition

With mailboxes full of campaign drivel, the airwaves sopped with bilious ads and an electorate either ambivalent or outraged – Election 2018 is less than one month from ringing in Campaign 2020.  Yes, election cycles run one into the next with the monotonous droning barely pausing. While the main event is two years off, this.. read more →

Two Kinds of People – One Digs the Ditch, the Other…

The standard joke posits that there are two kinds of people – those who believe there are two kinds of people and those who don’t.  In today’s politically charged environment almost any issue will have two kinds of people – two willful camps squaring off… Liberal / Conservative Climate change panicked / climate change ambivalent.. read more →

About property rights and “takings” in Colorado

Americans have a centuries-long deep and abiding belief in private property rights.  Equally dear and vigorously defended is the opposition to government seizure or expropriation of property for all but the most compelling of public uses. The U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the 3rd, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution specially address.. read more →

Election 2018 – Danger Dead Ahead

There are multitudes of reasons to dread elections – volumes of drek flooding the mailbox, tiresome palaver on television in ads and debates, dreary candidates, unsavory choices, endless telephone solicitations and so many more. There is the occasional amusing diversion – candidate peccadilloes, debate missteps such as Rick Perry disremembering the departments he would eliminate,.. read more →

31 Jul 2018
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Woulda, coulda, shoulda — Scott Pruitt exits the EPA

The allure of a position in a new administration is overwhelming – the prestige, the opportunity to advance a closely held belief, new stationery, and perhaps the strongest draw is to right wrongs visited upon your interests by a previous administration. Perhaps no single cabinet officer embraced his mandate with more vigor than former Oklahoma.. read more →

09 Jul 2018
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Charles Krauthammer 1950-2018

Reading the testimonials, watching the memorials on television throughout the weekend and reflecting on countless insights provided by Dr. Charles Krauthammer greatly deepened our sense of loss in his passing. Stories of his generosity, his outreach to others so afflicted, his drolleries and his spirituality mark this man as one of the notable examples of.. read more →

26 Jun 2018
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Accommodating a Void

PolicySmith Pays Tribute to Charles Krauthammer For most of the past year, viewers of Bret Baier’s Fox News Special Report have had to endure their favorite news analysis program without its titular head, Charles Krauthammer.  Viewers who embraced the erudite, thoughtful, sometimes curmudgeonly Krauthammer will grieve the loss.  The far smaller cast of poo-pooers of.. read more →

11 Jun 2018
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Freedom’s Dramas

Humankind has struggled against and at times vanquished oppressors down through the ages.  Tyrannies under the guise of religious conformity, political doctrines and allegiance to charismatic leaders have existed since the beginning of organized society. Humanity has valiantly combatted despots, servitude, hegemony and the evils of one group subjugating another.  Wars are fought, societies rise.. read more →