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Patricia Calhoun. Photograph courtesy of Chasing Ice LLC

Loaded Question

We dreamed up the one question regional journalists would ask if (brutal) honesty really were the best policy.

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On February 11, 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper and talk show host Andy Cohen will take to the Buell Theatre stage for a night of uncensored conversation. The two are longtime friends—which means they each know the other’s blush-inducing truths. What if local personalities could pose a single query to someone they’re familiar with? We dreamed up the one question regional journalists would ask if (brutal) honesty really were the best policy.


Patricia Calhoun has seen her fair share of antics over her 40-year tenure as the editor of the alt weekly Westword. To wit: At one point, her ship of reporters was so rambunctious that she frequently received early morning calls from writers who’d been thrown in jail.

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To the Denver Sheriff Department: How much of the money I’ve contributed bailing my staff out is going into your multimillion-dollar settlement fund?


The climate-change documentary Chasing Ice, created by Boulderite Jeff Orlowski, won an Emmy. Not every Coloradan supported his viewpoint: In June, U.S. Representative Ken Buck proposed an amendment to ban the use of government funds for analyzing the impact of global warming on the military.

To Representative Buck: Would you like to join us this summer on location in Kuwait City, where temperatures can reach a cool 110 degrees?


Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla doesn’t pull punches when it comes to describing the trials of the local sports scene. For example, one 2016 column about the Colorado Avalanche began, “Patrick Roy told the Avs to take their coaching job and shove it.”

To Jared Bednar, the new still-floundering Avs coach: Are the rules in the American Hockey League different—like, are you not supposed to score goals?

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Before 9News launched Next with Kyle Clark to lots of buzz on social media but disappointingly low ratings, the anchor made national headlines for his bizarre—but hilarious—vendetta against images of snowy patio furniture that viewers often sent to the station.

To amateur photographers: Ok, Ok, if i run a picture of a snow-covered chair, will you watch my show?


After working as a CIA officer and authoring several books about his harrowing experiences (the 2005 film Syriana was based on his memoir See No Evil), Silverton resident Robert Baer now serves as a CNN correspondent who comments on, you guessed it, national security and intelligence.

To the CEO of Colorado Springs’ three-month-old National Cybersecurity Center: Have you read my New York Times best-sellers? (Maybe you should.)


One of conservative commentator (and Colorado Springs resident) Michelle Malkin’s best-known critiques came in Rocky Mountain Heist, a film that investigated how a group of millionaires, including U.S. Representative Jared Polis, helped the Democrats win in Colorado in 2004.

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To Representative Polis: Shouldn’t you be spending your money elsewhere—like, say, in North Carolina?

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