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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 4, 20186min408

Back in my day (just a sec, I have to check for teenagers walking on my lawn) growing up in southeast Michigan in the 1960s and 70s, there were only three main TV channels to watch – ABC, NBC, and CBS. Sure, there were a couple of UHF channels (kids, you may want to google “UHF”) but you were mostly stuck with just the big three. That was, of course, unless you lived near a mysterious foreign land – Canada.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJune 19, 20187min342

There are few bright stars visible in Denver. I mean that literally. Like most cities, Denver has a severe light pollution problem, so you don’t see too many bright stars. Look up on a clear night from the steps of the Capitol, and you’ll see a couple sparkling things in the sky, but not too many, there is just too much ambient light shining upward, wastefully, from parking lots, street lights, car dealers, and lots and lots of home with globe lights in the front yard.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJune 15, 20186min323

When France’s King Louis XIV uttered the famous words “I am the State,” he was stating what he saw as obviously true — that as the absolute monarch, chosen (at least in his mind) by God, he was above any law made by mortal man. He asserted that he held all political and governmental authority. Scary.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJune 1, 20186min490

I was carrying a large brown envelop when I made my first visit to the office of Congressman Doug Lamborn. It was in the summer of 2008, and I was the Democratic candidate running against the Congressman. I had received the mysterious envelop in the mail the day before. It had no return address. Upon opening it, I found a CD and an unsigned note that said the disk contained the “private strategy of Doug Lamborn’s campaign.” That was unexpected. But regardless, I knew there was only one honorable thing to do, which is how I ended up in Mr. Lamborn’s office the following day.