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    No service, no sequester

    No service, no sequester

    You’ve got two weeks off, America, and there’s gas in the station wagon. The tent is packed, along with your camp stove and a jug of DEET. You were thinking of maybe Yellowstone or Yosemite. But now you’re anxious, which is exactly how you’re supposed to start your vacation. But this is a more acute...
    Retired park rangers: Don't drill, baby

    Retired park rangers: Don’t drill, baby

    U.S. Park Rangers are trained to work in extreme and dangerous environments, in deserts void of human touch and uncivilized wildernesses, among mindless beasts and insects. So they are prepared—or at least better prepared than most of us—to operate at the fearsome intersection of federal bureaucracy and the oil industry.   A group of retired...
    When 5% less means obliteration

    When 5% less means obliteration

    You can probably cut your caloric intake by 5 percent and be just fine. (Maybe better.) Some other things you can easily cut by 5 percent:  Time watching TV. Old t-shirts. Beer. Caffeine. Old books.   Cut some other things by 5 percent and you’ll feel the bite, but you’ll survive: Time with loved ones....
    Kiss your sweet pass goodbye

    Kiss your sweet pass goodbye

    Do active old people—those who hike, bike, ski and get about outdoors—think of themselves as self-reliant, fiscal conservatives? Do they see themselves as people who are proud to pay their fair share?   Probably not. Or they shouldn’t, if they do.   We’re not talking about Social Security or Medicare here. (Yes, those programs do...
    Jackson Hole fills gap, removes snow

    Jackson Hole fills gap, removes snow

    The citizens Jackson Hole, Wyoming (population 9,710)—an almost-gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and a pleasant tourist town in its own right, if you don’t mind the town square with its frankly creepy antler arches—has taken on the job that couldn’t be managed by government of the United States of America (population 313,914,040)....
    That sharp pinching sensation? Might be the sequester

    That sharp pinching sensation? Might be the sequester

    At first glance, the sequester seemed like nothing more than a Great Unpleasantness. Much bickering, many threats and accusations, many teeth gnashed by people who said the across-the-board cuts were irresponsible and idiotic. But there was no obvious sense of urgency, which is why your federal leaders declined to hammer out a deal.   A...
    London doubles down on biking

    London doubles down on biking

    Londoners have always had a genius for urban transportation: faced with a massive population and crowded streets, the city built the world’s first subways (inaugurated in 1863). They also improvised double-decker buses—first powered by horse, then by motor—as a way to get twice as many people moving along the same square footage of roadway.  ...
    Two reasons to harangue Congress (this week)

    Two reasons to harangue Congress (this week)

    The government giveth and the government taketh away. This week, it is mostly takething away. We’ll try to make this easy, but as always with legislation and regulation, the devil is in the details. First, the transportation bill that will be signed into law today significantly changes the funding of biking and walking paths. Under...
    Happy Tax Day!

    Happy Tax Day!

    Your taxes are due. Pay them, because you must.  Then ask yourself if you’re getting your money’s worth. It won’t matter. Even if you don’t like the hand you’ve been dealt here, you still have to pay. And pay. If you’re paying, it’s because you’re making money. In this economy, that’s a good problem. You...