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Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 18, 20186min6380

Back in 1961, the Animas Valley Sand and Gravel Company sought to acquire about 50 or so acres of land in La Plata County for the purpose of, you guessed it, producing and selling sand and gravel. Insofar as there existed no law or regulation proscribing their doing so on the acreage in question the land was in due course purchased, for a price reflecting its intended use.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 4, 20186min666

There is considerable buzz currently about where the line resides, if it still does, delineating the boundary beyond which activity in pursuit of political aims is considered distasteful enough to warrant sanction. Given the parameters of the current contentions, the Douglas County School District’s actions in pursuit of a tax increase hardly constitute the most egregious example, but still merit examination.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanSeptember 21, 20186min448

The Democratic Party, like most political parties that feel themselves on the verge of some sweeping victory, is having an uneasy conversation with itself, to say the least. The radicals, intoxicated on revolutionary fervor and smelling blood in the water, seem to be convinced that the new age has finally dawned, and the time is ripe for a general uprising. They get this way every couple of years or so, of course, but this time they appear to be making a concerted effort at mutiny, pulling the Democratic Party as far left as their zeal enables. So how will this impact the Democrats' electoral fortunes, not only this time around, but in coming years?


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanAugust 24, 20186min385

The war over the efficacy of tax reductions, like taxes themselves, is perennial, the neo-Keynesian opponents of tax relief proving stubbornly resistant to evidence. Colorado was chosen as the location for launching the inaugural salvo in the latest campaign to demonstrate to the doubters that, yes, it’s really true: allowing people to keep more of their own money is a good thing.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanAugust 9, 20186min620

Last November, voters in School District 51, over in Mesa County, approved a mill levy override which increased property taxes by something like $6.5 million annually for 10 years, ostensibly to pay for classroom improvements and instructional expenses otherwise denied by an emaciated local budget. Well now word comes that changes enacted by the district subsequent to the taxpayer’s plebiscitary generosity are resulting instead in $1.2 million in salary raises for the district’s administrators, and nine new administrator positions.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanAugust 6, 20186min507

The cry goes up, as it does periodically, for the government to do something about the issue of child care expenses. More mothers are, of course, in the work force now than at any other time, and fewer households than ever claim a stay-at-home parent; so the problem is certainly acute, though the question is still asked in some corners as to what extent it is one that falls squarely on the government.