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What’s behind Weld County’s mantra: ‘We don’t get no respect’?

The Colorado Statesman

The senior member of Colorado’s Congressional delegation usually serves as the state’s informal caucus Dean, but the identity of the “go to” office when you actually need something accomplished in Washington shifts over time. While I served in the Legislature, and for nearly two decades, that honor belonged to Denver’s Patricia Schroeder.

Frack Nation vs. Gasland in Greeley

The Colorado Statesman

Tuesday evening Eric Berglund, president of the Upstate Colorado Economic Development agency, drew 60 people to the AIMS Community College Corporate Center in Greeley for a free screening of Frack Nation, a spirited rebuttal to Josh Fox’s anti-fracking documentaries, Gasland — Parts 1 & 2. Irish journalist Phelim McAleer raised more than $200,000 through an on line appeal on Kickstarter to fund his critique of Fox’s award winning jeremiads. In an effort to cash in on the critical acclaim awarded to Gasland — Part 1, HBO Movies funded the production of his recently re


Temper tantrum time on the high plains

The Colorado Statesman

What can we learn from the proposal to create North Colorado as the nation’s 51st state? Right out of the box I’d suggest supporters should settle on a sexier name. West Virginia worked well when its mountaineers were making a political statement regarding plantation slavery across the Old Dominion’s coastal flats. Native American tribal names have served well in the past — perhaps Pawnee, Comanche or Arapaho might “glam up” this campaign. 


July 4th fireworks should illuminate rather than obscure American realities

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Day may fall on August 1st each year, but July 4th always serves as a reminder that we are the Centennial State, admitted to the union a century after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadel-phia. In 1776 Lewis and Clark had not yet undertaken their trek from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia, crossing the Rockies somewhere in Wyoming, and Colorado was familiar only to its Native American tribes and a handful of French-Canadian trappers and other mountain men.

The Ethics Commission: What a joke!

The Colorado Statesman

Until Ronald Reagan defeated him in the 1970 Governor’s race, Jesse Unruh was the long serving, all-powerful, iron fisted Speaker of the California State Assembly.


November’s school finance ballot measure could hurt other prospects for next year

The Colorado Statesman

Since Colorado voters approved the TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) Amendment in 1992 with 53.7 percent of their votes, thereby awarding taxpayers the right to vote on all future tax increases, no statewide tax hike has been approved.

Puff, the Magic Dragon, arriving soon to nest in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Ten years ago I left Paris on the Friday before Halloween riding the high-speed, Belgian THALYS train headed for Amsterdam. Although most Europeans call it All Souls Day, their holiday is similar to ours, and my coach was packed with college students, many in costume and most of them drinking heavily. They were bound for Amsterdam and the Netherlands’ recently opened coffee houses — then, they would be on to the city’s synth-beat dance halls. Marijuana was the draw, trance dancing, the high and communal hotel rooms the payoff.

Catch 22 at the Colorado Parole Board

The Colorado Statesman

In 1981 the police drama Hill Street Blues began its award winning seven season run on NBC. Throughout the series Daniel J. Travanti and Veronica Hamel, a police captain and public defender, were romantically involved and many episodes ended with them talking in bed after long days at the office comparing notes on their respective challenges. I distinctly recall an episode where Hamel complained to Travanti about how one of her clients was being mistreated by the police.


Whose competing land use policies will fly when it comes to the prickly subject of DIA?

The Colorado Statesman

Political pundit E. J. Dionne of the Washington Post recently penned a column questioning whether American democracy remains capable of delivering the services that voters want and need from their government. While it was the dysfunction in our nation’s Capitol that prompted his musings, there is a growing skepticism among historians and political scientists regarding the performance of democratic institutions across the globe. During the past decade, electoral politics has experienced a rough patch.


Great Scott! A political tempest in a teapot

Contributing Columnist

Colorado’s good government brigades placed Amendment 41 on the ballot in 2006, creating an Independent Ethics Commission where complaints can be lodged against state employees and elected officials for alleged breaches of propriety. The proposal was adopted with 62 percent of the vote despite the fact that there is virtually no evidence of misbehavior in Colorado’s governance. By comparison with many of its peers, both state and local governments in Colorado have been remarkably clean over the years. But, in the hyper-partisan political environment that has taken root during the past decade, the Commission has provided an inviting venue for besmirching an opponent’s reputation.