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  1. Colorado's Business Climate at a Glance.
  2. Governor Owens' remark, speak to what he calls ?that special Colorado way of life,? .
  3. Respect for the wilderness and respect for the individual are both central to the Coloradan identity.
  4. The amount of land that growth has consumed and the rate of its consumption.
  5. Another letter, this one from Dorothy Unruh, expresses a similar sentiment:
  6. Negative typifications at more local levels show how Coloradans define their communities in opposition to other regions of Colorado.
  7. The use of Environmental Future in this letter signifies that concern for the environment is assumed to be universal.

In 1990, Colorado was a state of about 3.3 million (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). By 2000, Colorado's population had grown to 4,301,261 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). Colorado's new residents spurred development in areas once sparsely inhabited. The population of Superior in Boulder County, for instance, shot from 351 to 9,011 residents over the 10-year period (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001a; 2003). Land throughout the state, and especially on the Front Range In 2000, Janna Six and Ramon Ajero reported that ?the land encompassed by the Denver Metropolitan area is growing four times faster than its population growth rate?

[...] (Producer), Talk of the Nation. Washington: National Public Radio. Prendergast, A. (2001, August 9). Scenes from a Sprawl: The citizens of Berthoud thought they could control how fast their town grew. The developers had other ideas. Westword, 24(50). Five Questions With . (2003, September 27). [Interview with K. Pritz]. Broomfield Enterprise, A5. Retrieved October from NewsBank Full- Text Newspapers. Owens, B. (1999, January 12). Inaugural Remarks. Ross, C. (1995). Writing Nature: An Ecological Reader for Writers. New York: St. Martin's Press. [...]


[...] In an appearance on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation on October author James Galvin describes Colorado's explosive growth by typifying the land as ?visually beautiful? and Coloradans as ?willing to sell it for its beauty, not for its productivity.? The above examples invoked images of Colorado itself, but community typifications do not always directly involve the community of the speaker. Almost as often, the speaker typifies another community and thereby defines his or her own community in opposition to it (Bridger p. [...]


[...] How then can people ?take back' the state without taking away property rights [Letter to the editor]? The Rocky Mountain News, p. 9B. Jasinski, J. (2001). Sourcebook on Rhetoric: Key Concepts in Contemporary Rhetorical Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Langeland, T. (2002, January 23). Growth? What Growth? Sprawl, extremism take a back seat at the Capitol in crucial election year. Colorado Springs Independent, 10(3) McGee, M. (1980). The Ideograph: A Link Between Rhetoric and Ideology. The Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1-16. Penkava, M. (Host), Raff, A. (Director). (1999, October 7). [...]

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