Miller Hudson

Riding the West Line to the Taj Majal

The Colorado Statesman

A dozen years ago a red-haired Canadian Scot by way of Bermuda was renting a room in my West Denver basement. Eric MacDonald of Parsons Engineering was the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) project manager for RTD’s 6th Avenue light rail line west to Golden. Eric lived in Orlando at the time, but was spending three or four days a week in Denver, so it was easier for him to simply stash extra clothes, boots and jackets here, rather than toting them back and forth on the plane (especially post 9/11).


The perfect prescription for health care reform may make us really feel sick

Contributing Columnist

The occasional bleating noises that have emerged from the offices of health care providers since the 2009 adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are about to swell into a full-throated chorus of high decibel wailings and lamentations. Within a few weeks insurors will be filing their premium schedules with state Insurance Commissions for the medical plans they are required to offer on health care exchanges. These insurors will no longer be allowed to exclude pre-existing conditions, establish annual or lifetime benefit limits, nor can they require co-pays for many preventive procedures.


Another State of the Union, another reminder about Washington hubris

Contributing Columnist

“Suppose you were an idiot,
and suppose
you were a member of Congress;
but I repeat myself.”
Mark Twain


A Portrait of Robert Kennedy and War Horse are great entertainment

Contributing Columnist

A Portrait of Robert Kennedy by Jack Holmes. Directed by Terry Dodd and playing through February 24 at the Vintage Theatre, Aurora. War Horse adapted by Nick Stafford and the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa from the children’s book by Michael Morpurgo. A National Theatre of Great Britain production, directed by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, staged at the Denver Center’s Buell Theater and playing through January 20.


No dragnet will catch every madman with a gun, but there is no excuse for not trying

Contributing Columnist

Only a fool bothers to write about guns in America. However polarized Congress may be today, firearms define a public fault line where passions bubble furiously along both sides of the divide. It’s nearly impossible to propose a middle course that doesn’t invite vituperative attacks from both gun nuts and their opponents. But, after the recent slaughter of schoolchildren in Connecticut, only the latest of many similar incidents reaching far back beyond Columbine, I am willing to play the fool. To remain silent would be, to some degree, to become complicit in the next massacre of innocents.


How GOP Art Herzberger helped me create Colorado’s first medical marijuana program

Contributing Columnist

Every political candidate, irrespective of party, is frequently asked whether they will support or oppose various policies or spending priorities. Many of these queries are easy to answer, while others produce the kind of evasiveness demonstrated by Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who was recently asked how old he thought the Earth was. His reply that he is not a scientist was a transparent dodge, and not a very artful one at that. Whenever public discussions stray into the realm of moral values and religious beliefs, politicians are quick to crank up their fog machines.

Hurtling across the American heartland on a post-election road trip

Contributing Columnist

I had election stories to file last week before I could hit the road again. It was 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning before I’d met my deadlines, packed the car, picked up a large bag of malt vinegar Kettle chips, in preference to Cheetos or gold fish, and filled my cooler with soft drinks, water bottles and Colorado IPAs. My daughter was opening her new Pilates studio in Chicago’s Wicker Park on Thursday evening and it was also my granddaughter’s birthday. Time to roll east with the last of Lara’s belongings, which had remained lurking in my basement 40 years after her birth. I ratcheted the stereo up on high, a box of CDs in the passenger seat and a SIRIUS XM channel when I wanted to check on election results. Road trip!


Everyday heroes now and in the past…

Contributing Columnist

I’ve been thinking a lot about Adolph Dubs the past few weeks. Who? Following the recent assassination of J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, most news reports noted he was the first American Ambassador in 33 years to be murdered in the line of duty. Like Stevens, “Spike” Dubs was a career foreign service officer appointed as Ambassador to Afghanistan (no surprise there) by Jimmy Carter. Members of the Semtani Milli militia kidnapped Dubs in Kabul.

Voters give green light to school funding campaigns

Elections proved that City Hall and school boards came out on top with voters in Denver, JeffCo
The Colorado Statesman

There was no greater evidence on election night that politics remains a soft science than the green light Colorado voters gave to most of the school funding campaigns waged along the Front Range. It proved a surprisingly good day to be asking taxpayers for more of their money. The RTD Board ought to be kicking itself around the Market Street station this morning. Bowing to the advice of their political consultants, they ducked an opportunity to accelerate the FASTRACKS program, currently on a desultory 30-year completion calendar.


The hollow crown vs. the hollow man

Contributing Columnist

If I’ve learned anything after forty years in politics, it’s the fact that charisma, like beauty, exists far more in the eye of the beholder than within the character of a candidate. Any politician who embraces this madness from the crowd — popular adulation without limits — does so at considerable risk of wrenching disillusionment and disappointment once elected. Four years ago Barack Obama attempted to warn his supporters that he would not prove a perfect president — that he could only attempt to do his very best.