HUDSON: MEMORIES OF A GOOD MAN
The Colorado Statesman
I learned of Ted Strickland’s passing with genuine regret. He represented a generation of Republican leaders who still believed in the importance of government and the positive role it can and should play in all our lives. Unlike many in the current crop of Republican legislators, who would have Colorado voters believe government is our enemy — that a return to frontier anarchy would constitute a net social improvement, Ted understood that, when properly channeled, government significantly improves the quality of life in Colorado. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a conservative.
March 1, 2012
CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM/(PTR – 030112-001C)
Fm: St. Peter, Gatekeeper
Re: Tempering Mercy and Andrew Breitbart
HUDSON: LOYALTY VS. CHAOS THEORY
During the Watergate fiasco, one interview stamped itself on my memory. Larry O’Brien was the national chairman of the Democratic Party, and it was his office that was broken into my Richard Nixon’s “plumbers.” O’Brien had a long political career in Massachusetts which concluded with his appointment as the manager for both John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaigns. Johnson had rewarded him with an appointment as U. S. Postmaster General.
HUDSON: SURREAL NATURE OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN HITS HOME
The Colorado Statesman
It’s easy to lose track of how short American history really is in the grander scheme of things. My grandfather was born in 1881 and his father and many of his uncles were Civil War combat veterans. During their childhoods, they, in turn, had met veterans of the American War for Independence. Both these struggles seemed as distant as the Crusades when I was in school. Yet, my grandfather was a very real presence in my life for whom I named my own son. Byron Howard taught me how to play baseball and he continued to play first base himself with an industrial league team in St. Louis well into his 70s.
HUDSON: MERIT-BASED CIVIL SERVICE ASSURES SMART GOVERNMENT
The Hickenlooper administration raised several hundred thousand dollars in order to survey state employees about their jobs. The results are now summarized on the Department of Personnel and Administration’s (DPA) website. It’s a good thing taxpayer dollars weren’t wasted on this effort. The questions read like they were dreamed up at a blissed out, New Age smoke-in. The only interesting response is the 58 percent of state workers who indicate they are seriously considering quitting during the next 12 months.
HUDSON: NUMBERS HIT HOME
Rarely do the media, nor do our politicians in Washington, present financial data in a format that actually communicates the jaw-dropping reality of our federal budget mess. It’s proven easier to talk about “going big,” the euphemism du jour for attempting to legislate a fix which reduces budget deficits to zero within fifteen or twenty years. Easier still, was pointing fingers during the Congressional Super Committee’s recent failure to identify $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next dozen years. Lets chart the current fiscal position of every American before proceeding.
HUDSON: REMEMBRANCES OF A LEGISLATIVE FORCE
When I was sworn into the Colorado Legislature in January 1979, whether one loved her or feared her, everyone at the State Capitol knew Freda Poundstone. As a Denver Democrat, I arrived abundantly aware that she was particularly reviled for her Poundstone Amendment to the Colorado constitution. She had, nearly single-handedly, applied the brakes to Denver’s long running annexation binges of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Freda’s critics liked to portray her as a bigot, viscerally opposed to the court ordered school busing imposed on Denver’s public schools.
HUDSON: REFORM FOR ALL OF DPS, NOT JUST FOR THE WELL CONNECTED
Despite the fact that Colorado’s self-anointed educational reformers moved heaven and earth to toss Arturo Jimenez off the Denver School Board, voters narrowly returned him in a surprising election result. I believe this decision by voters will ultimately prove the right one for the goals these reformers support, but, more significantly, it was in the best interest of Denver students, parents and teachers. We don’t need a single flavor of school reformer on the School Board.
HUDSON: THEATER SEASON IS UNDERWAY
THE LIAR as adapted by David Ives from Pierre Corneille’s original farce. Directed by Kent Thompson at the DCPA and playing through October 16. SOME GIRL(s) by Neil LaBute, at the Edge Theater Company, 9797 W. Colfax. Directed by Rick Yaconis and playing weekends through October 23.
HUDSON: NOT CARING FOR UNINSURED MAKES ME SICK
The Colorado Statesman
As I was watching the TEA Party debate among the Republican candidates for President, it became evident why Sarah Palin and her admirers were so exorcised last year regarding the possibility of death panels. They must have known what they might expect if any of them were selected to serve on these juries. Little wonder they were alarmed. The critically ill, when uninsured, would not pass GO, nor collect $200, but would be promptly delivered directly to the closest mortician.