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James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics. He teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years doing economic development work in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He has also worked in Latin America, the former USSR and the Balkans as an educator, teaching courses in economics and law at universities in Ukraine and at finance ministries throughout the region. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.

Finding great banana pudding in Durango, burgers in Ouray

Travel is always an adventure. Traveling with teens can take you all sorts of interesting places.

Traveling with teens: Three hours in Albuquerque, then Durango

There are many reasons to visit Albuquerque. Walter White's legend is just one. And then, there's the American International Rattlesnake Museum.

Vacationing with teens: What is there to do in Santa Fe?

We dragged our 16-year-old son and his 14-year-old sister to Santa Fe. They get along like Hezbollah and ISIS, but they've united in that their parents are completely lame

Practicing the summer doldrums away

Perhaps Laura Ingalls in her little house on the prairie whined to her parents in the summer, "I'm bored."

The Democrats lose another one and don’t know why

Democrats said it was a referendum on Trump, and after a GOP victory, Republicans agreed. But the results were neither as bad nor as good as either side thinks.

Venezuela’s disaster and the curse of oil

Venezuela sits on an ocean of oil, immense wealth. That oil made Venezuela rich, distorted its economy, brought the pigs to the trough, and set it up for ruin.

A shooting in Alexandria, a society eager to hate

Your position on gun control won't be changed by this shooting, but gun control isn't the issue; the issue is a bloody-minded nation too eager for violence.
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Cool and hot: Spicy Jalapeño lemonade and sorbet

When you eat peppers, heat is pumped from your core, you sweat more and your body has an easier time shedding excess heat.

Memorial Day Recipes: Gardenia ice-cream

Gardenias are slightly sweet, slightly citrusy, and they smell like summer. And what goes better with summer than ice-cream?

An obituary for the world: A death in the neighborhood

Emotional proximity, spiritual proximity, and human proximity make all of us neighbors if we'll just let each other in.

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Death and the Limelight: The tragedy of “Gurl Nineteen” Ruth Polsky

Ruth Polsky was responsible for giving many post punk bands their first taste of America, including The Smiths, New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Cocteau Twins.

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