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Saturday, September 29, 2007

In today’s Rocky Mountain News:

But John Wren, the House District 5 Republican chairman, said city officials should have done a better job maintaining public buildings with past tax increases.
"I think they better be better stewards of the money they've already been given before they do these sob stories and create hysteria," Wren said. "Taxes going up is a bad thing, and I don't think the mayor has any conception of that."

Recent newspaper headlines saying that marrage is on the rocks are wrong. The divorce rate has been falling continuously over the past quarter-century, and is now at its lowest level since 1970. While marriage rates are also declining, those marriages that do occur are increasingly more stable. For instance, marriages that began in the 1990s were more likely to celebrate a 10th anniversary than those that started in the 1980s, which, in turn, were also more likely to last than marriages that began back in the 1970s...

Why has the great divorce myth get the headlines? Reporting on our families is a lot like reporting on the economy: statistical tales of woe sells newspapers and provide the foundation for reform proposals. The only difference is that conservatives use these data to make the case for greater government intervention in the marriage market, while liberals use them to promote deregulation of marriage.

The Durango Herald is reminding it’s readers to register to vote, and it’s explaining our wonderful Colorado neighborhood precinct caucus system. Why don’t we see this kind of story in our local Denver papers?

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