COMMENTARY

For no particular reason, Kirsten and I made the kids watch “60 Minutes” with us Sunday while we were preparing dinner. (Yes, the same longer-form television news program I watched with my parents when I was growing up in the ‘70s; good journalism doesn’t go out of style.)

While we ate, we debated whether a straw dumped in the Gunnison County Landfill — located a few miles east of town, surrounded by sage-covered hills and situated right next to the spaceship landing pad that is the uranium mill tailings remedial site — could possibly make its way to the ocean and join the burgeoning and wholly troublesome Pacific Plastic Patch we’d just learned more about.

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