The evolutionary purpose of itching

My feet sweat. A lot. I know, gross, but hey, it’s not like I chose it. Suffice it to say that where there are sweaty feet, there is Athlete’s foot. For those who have never suffered from this, it is one of the most insanely itchy sensations you can imagine. When I get a bad [Read More...]

Book offers answers to “Banned” Biblical Questions

By LORETTA SWORD | lroettas@chieftain.com Local author and musical pastor Christian Piatt’s latest book delivers answers to questions many Christians likely have pondered but never asked anyone aloud. “Banned Questions about the Bible” shares responses from more than a dozen contributors — a recovering consumer, a religious satirist and a seminary president among them — [Read More...]

Deconstructing Pueblo’s inferiority complex

Deconstructing Pueblo’s inferiority complex By Christian Piatt (Originally printed in PULP) If I had but one wish for our community in the new year, it would be to eliminate the qualifier “for Pueblo” from our collective vocabulary. I went downtown a few weeks ago to hear a screaming jazz ensemble with my friend Barclay Moffitt, [Read More...]

Why the Ground Zero Mosque should be built

A surprising contingency of people seems to have their knickers in a knot about the so-called mosque at Ground Zero. What once was a retail clothing store has been sitting abandoned for years prior to these plans being drawn up. And though the common-sense response to rehabilitation of urban blight would be hearty support, it’s [Read More...]

My new vid: Seminary experience in 4 minutes

Dig the video I created for Phillips Theological Seminary on the seminary experience condensed into less than 4 minutes. Groovy stop-motion and original score. [Read more...]

NewSpin: Noise Pollution, Tax Solutions and a New Infusion

NewSpin Noise Pollution, Tax Solutions and a New Infusion By Christian Piatt (Originally published in PULP) In a knee-jerk decision, Pueblo City Council established a new sound ordinance based on a woman’s complaint about a neighbor’s garage band practicing nearby. The gist of the ordinance is that, if your neighbors can hear you, it’s too [Read More...]

Cesar Chavez: Pueblo Charter School on the cliff?

In a recent press release from the Colorado Department of Education’s communications office, Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones “expressed deep concern about the network’s egregious financial practices and dubious leadership” after a formal review of the Cesar Chavez School Network’s organizational and financial systems.

“The report makes clear that the leadership of the network prioritized its needs over the students and disregarded both basic business practices and common sense,” says Jones. “The leaders of Cesar Chavez School Network squandered taxpayer money, ignored basic legal requirements, over-compensated senior staff, engaged in nepotism and failed to provide accountability over the resources entrusted to them. The results demand swift action.” [Read more...]

Public School Cuts Run Deep

Schools District 70 announced that, as of next year, it will be cutting back to four-day school weeks to try to balance the budget. Naturally, parents are concerned about the quality of their kids’ education, young ones taking the bus in the dark and what to do with the little buggers an extra day of the week when the rest of the world works.

Many parents in Pueblo are barely making ends meet as it is, particularly in outlying areas covered by District 70, and the challenge of paying for an extra day of child care every week might be the difference between making the car payment and giving it up to the bank. Obviously, the schools are trying to save money, so to stay open just to babysit would make no sense, but what to do? [Read more...]


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