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I just saw the news that the Colorado Rockies have agreed to long-term contract with Nolan Arenado. For some reason, I felt like that was good news and I smiled. It know it is just bread and circuses, but he is a great entertainer and he will be staying in Denver to ply his trade for several more years. He is fun to watch, especially in the field. So I guess that is good news, even if it is not important in the big scheme of things. === According to Chalkbeat, "charter schools are controversial" in Denver. (See Post-strike, activists push to 'flip' the Denver board, but what that means is complicated.) Chalkbeat says In Denver, the teachers union has accused them [charter schools] of siphoning students and money from traditional schools. Opponents claim charters are "privatizing" public education. And because they are supported nationwide by philanthropies that draw their money from wealthy entrepreneurs, charters are often vilified as serving corporate interests. Let us see: Charter