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What a filthy place we're in. Just check out the columns in this week's paper.

Ralph Routon writes about a national scandal involving tainted meat; Cara DeGette, about the regional threat of runaway mine water (to say nothing of runaway political posturing); and Rich Tosches, about dust clouds menacing west side residents with worries about arsenic and lead.

Is there anything pure anymore?

With her feature story about the Bad News Bulldog Band (starting on p. 16), Frances Gomeztagle answers with a resounding "yes." It's the joy that students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind are getting out of learning to play rock music.

Empowered by a talented teacher, and an administration that takes a refreshingly holistic view of education, they're making up for time that too many of them lost in overwhelmed, underprepared public schools. With each version of "Brown Eyed Girl" along with the accompanying hip shakes and foot stomps these kids endorse the power of arts education and genuine ingenuity.

They also remind us that there's plenty of beauty out there, if you know where to look.

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