Cross-posted from View from the Left Bank.
Gotta love it and I do — although it’s kind of an American Disney World: mountains, Boulder Creek that I used to tube down on hot summer days 45 years ago with my friend Michael Neuschatz, one of the best public libraries anywhere and, of course, the University of Colorado with its library and (to my tastes anyhow) its stunning location. There’s also the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center — one of the few locally grown and subsidized independent peace centers in the country, founded by, among others, LeRoy Moore who remains, now in his early 80s, one of the foremost authorities on the nuclear arms race, nuclear weapons, etc. and David Barsamian, founder of Alternative Radio, with worldwide listener-ship. Then there is the Boulder Farmers’ Market — admittedly a bit pricey — but still, one of the better places to get locally grown organic food in the state, one of the founders of which was one Lowell Fey, my father-in-law. In an attempt to lower its carbon emissions, Boulder is also leading the country as a municipality intent on buying back, re-introducing into the public sphere its energy company from XCel Energy.