The Bill of Rights is Dead

Essay by Gary Norton

Constitution – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

As a former teacher of American history, I apologize to the students I put through the torture of retaking tests on the Constitution and Bill of Rights until they could earn an 82% or higher grade. A rebellious student was right (and I, the teacher, was wrong), when he declared that it was pointless to learn our rights when those rights existed only on paper and not in the real world of the modern United States.

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Land purchase isn’t the only route

Sidebar by Marcia Darnell

Nature Conservancy – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Ownership isn’t always practical. Sometimes holding land can tie up resources better spent elsewhere. For that reason, the Nature Conservancy takes several avenues to preserving land and rare species.

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The Nature Conservancy at work in Central Colorado

Article by Marcia Darnell

Land Use – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Ah, summer. When a hiker’s fancy turns to untrampled land, unusual plants, and a vista free of condo developments.

The Nature Conservancy holds four such areas in central Colorado: High Creek Fen Preserve, Mishak Lakes, Mexican Cut Preserve, and Hoosier Ridge Preserve.

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Poncha: The Pass between the Rockies

Article by Ed Quillen

Geography – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Since the Rocky Mountains trend along a north-south line, the major passes across the ranges naturally run east and west: Trout Creek, Cottonwood, Independence, La Veta, Cochetopa, Monarch. A north-south pass like Poncha is an exception in this crowd.

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We put our toes in, and the water wasn’t bad

Article by Clint Driscoll

Arkansas River Forum – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Attending the second annual Upper Arkansas Watershed Forum in Cañon City April 19 and 20 felt like riding a raft down the river during spring run-off. There were as many differing opinions and expectations among the participants as there are rocks and whirlpools in the Numbers. If you weren’t paying attention while making small talk during breaks and meals, you would find yourself floundering between a wake of property-rights proponents and an eddy of no-growth wilderness advocates.

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Briefs from all over for July 1995

Brief by Central Staff

Rural Life – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

No Secrets

To demonstrate that keeping anything secret in a small town is nearly impossible, we present a portion of a letter that appeared in the May 25 edition of the Wet Mountain Tribune:

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The last straw hits the fan

Letter from Clay Warren

Local law – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine


I don’t know if it was the “growth” piece in your issue No. 16 that got me primed, but the Mountain Mail editorial of June 8, about how it’s not too late to Plan, was the last straw. I guess it’s fitting that the publisher of the Mail lives in Poncha Springs, the most government over-controlled town in the valley, because seeking wisdom from some planner from Kansas is like asking a monkey about physics. He knows nothing, but count on him to have an opinion anyway.

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Obscure the 14ers

Letter from Myrna Schrader

Environment – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed & Martha:

I am so glad that you printed those three articles on the plight of the Fourteeners [in the May edition], or more aptly, the pathetic state of the crowds who are addicted to them. For many years, all kinds of people have suggested that I emphasize the Fourteeners on my maps, whereas my aim has been just the opposite: to make them as obscure as possible.

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Overwhelmed in Eagle

Letter from Eugene Lorig

Growth – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine


I read somewhere that people were happier during the Great Depression than in subsequent prosperity. Things were rough, but most of us had enough to eat, and there was a community of feeling we don’t have any more, at least around here.

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