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PERRY: Sure it’s a gamble, but consider opening a casino at Aurora’s Arapahoe Park

PERRY: Sure it’s a gamble, but consider opening a casino at Aurora’s Arapahoe Park

Aurora could do right what current casino towns have done wrong. Central City and Black Hawk, once decaying historical mining towns, were supposed to blossom into fun tourism meccas

GANDELMAN: A Second Chance for Donald Sterling?

GANDELMAN: A Second Chance for Donald Sterling?

Sterling wound up proving (1) he is a confirmed racist, (2) if the NBA values its branding they must get him to sell the team, and, (3) he is not quite as smart as a can of cat food.

JENSEN: A New Angle to Benghazi: Gunrunning

JENSEN: A New Angle to Benghazi: Gunrunning

This is the real fear: Hillary Clinton and perhaps President Obama will be exposed without credible deniability to have been shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels, who are mostly Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda affiliates

COFFMAN: VA Sec. Shinseki isn't leading and must get out of the way

COFFMAN: VA Sec. Shinseki isn’t leading and must get out of the way

He seems far more interested in serving the needs of VA bureaucrats than he does about meeting the needs of our veterans and their families

DUPUY: A Divide and Conquer 'Gaffe'

DUPUY: A Divide and Conquer ‘Gaffe’

These “gaffes” are what Republicans freely say to other Republicans, and it’s not until the general public hears them that they sound so shockingly tone deaf

PERRY: Aurora doesn’t have a prayer in keeping religion out of city hall

PERRY: Aurora doesn’t have a prayer in keeping religion out of city hall

Since Aurora officials at least make an effort to spread around the prayers and deities starting at the beginning of each meeting, it’s hard to say if all this praying does any good. Did Buddah sign off on the red-light traffic cameras or was it the Blessed Virgin?

GANDELMAN: America has just had its jolting Michael Corleone moment.

GANDELMAN: America has just had its jolting Michael Corleone moment.

The question is whether Bundy and Sterling have pulled America totally back in, or whether the repudiation they sparked and the large number of people now shunning them mark a new era where racism — its practitioners and those who enable them — is no longer tolerated, and is rejected with the same dogged determination as bigots show in their bigotry.

JENSEN: No Room in America for 'Plantation Mentality'

JENSEN: No Room in America for ‘Plantation Mentality’

I think we can all agree that these athletes have earned their wealth and there’s no room for Sterling’s “plantation mentality,” just as there’s no room in American discourse for racists like Nevadans Rancher Cliven Bundy and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid who speak of African Americans as some collective entity they like to call “The Negro.”

How to End Slavery in the U.S. (Spoiler: Decriminalize Prostitution)

How to End Slavery in the U.S. (Spoiler: Decriminalize Prostitution)

A report last year by Australia-based Walk Free Foundation estimates there are currently 30 million slaves in the world. They report 60,000 of them are in the U.S. We have two kinds of slaves in the U.S. and both are easily fixed by legislation: illegal immigrants (another column for another time) and sex workers. Because these two groups are forced into the shadows, their existence can be very dark

QUIDNUNC: Fear and loafing on I-225

QUIDNUNC: Fear and loafing on I-225

We’re all for thinning the herd, and letting bad drivers take care of themselves, but that doesn’t work when said bad driver is piloting a two-ton missile on public roadways