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Carl Hilliard personified the Western ethic of unwavering personal integrity in his life

The Colorado Statesman

Carl Hilliard’s first cousin serves as the associate pastor of the Longmont United Methodist Church. She opened the storied journalist’s memorial service with the observation that it was indeed ironic this event was being held in a church — an institution for which Hilliard apparently harbored substantial skepticism. Born in 1937 in Gebo, Wyo., a transient oil drilling camp near Thermopolis, Carl attended the University of Montana before launching a journalism career that ended with 32 years as a reporter for the Associated Press covering the Colorado Legislature from 1968 through 1999.

No fireworks among GOP guv candidates

The Colorado Statesman

COMCAST’s Westworks Studio in Centennial was the site for the first debate in 2014’s Colorado Republican primary campaign for governor. Aaron Harber, local political talk show host, gathered up four of the declared candidates who yearn to return John Hickenlooper to his brewpub barstool in LODO. The field is likely to grow after the first of the year as additional aspirants scurry to put exploratory committees in place.


Everyone’s focused on taking back America — but what about taking us ahead?

The Colorado Statesman

Last week the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder brought Hedrick Smith to campus as part of University of Colorado’s Athaneum lecture series. Wearing a tailored grey tweed jacket, Smith cut a suave and dapper figure despite his 80 years. He has enjoyed a frequently honored journalistic career — a pair of Pulitzers during his quarter century with the New York Times (1962-88) and several Emmys for his 50 documentaries produced at PBS.

After the election, alarm claxons should be blaring

Can you hear them at Dem headquarters and in the Guv’s office?
The Colorado Statesman

Americans love fads. Whether it was hula-hoops on the playground, or new math in our schools, or management by objectives on the job, we could hardly wait to embrace the very latest rage. Granola, Pilates, gluten free everything — bring them on! Following the successful recall of two state senators by populist mobs and the clobbering Colorado voters administered to Amendment 66 on Election Day, it appears the progressive agenda for the Centennial State is trapped on a careening bus without brakes headed for a precipice.


Colorado’s Islamophobia Lollapalooza

The Colorado Statesman

For a brief week that encompassed two and a half days of court hearings, Homaidan al-Turki was back in Colorado asking Arapahoe County District Judge Mark Hannen to grant him probation, for which he is eligible after more than eight years in Colorado prisons, and a return to Saudi Arabia. He would receive sex offender treatment there and serve out the remainder of any sentencing conditions under the custody of the Kingdom’s Ministry of the Interior.

Valerie Plame’s dispatch from her river of no return

The Colorado Statesman

Blowback is a spy story co-written by Valerie Plame with the thriller novelist Sarah Lovett, featuring a CIA operative, Vanessa Pierson, who is intent on protecting the world against the proliferation of nuclear weapons — much like Plame herself before she was “outed” as an undercover agent by Scooter Libby and others in the Bush White House during the aftermath of our Iraq invasion. Plame, who is married to Ambassador Joe Wilson, recounted that tale in the non-fiction Fair Game.

The energy revolution is unfolding in slow motion

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty years ago during my brief stint as a nuclear trashman I used to joke that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (better known today as NEPA) was actually a disguised employment program for the superfluous college graduates parented by America’s middle class. Perhaps Richard Nixon actually signed this legislation in a surreptitious effort to create paying jobs for all those anthropologists, field biologists, sociologists, statisticians, hydrologists, ecologists and other assorted Liberal Arts & Sciences students who would have wound up flipping burgers without it.


Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us was compelling as a book — as theater, not so much

The Colorado Statesman

When the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Kent Thompson approached Helen Thorpe about adapting her book for the stage, I’m sure it felt like a good idea. The book had done well for a non-fiction report on the dilemmas created by America’s dysfunctional immigration policies. The author was married to the Governor and a Denver audience would be familiar with the outlines of her tale about four Latina women approaching high school graduation and intent on acquiring college degrees.

Washington shuts down, but not the rumor-mongering

The Colorado Statesman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington, D.C. was padlocking the nation’s treasures as I flew in last week for my high school reunion in neighboring Montgomery County. My scheduled meetings were cancelled, so I took a few hours Wednesday afternoon to survey the consequences of shutting down the federal government. The Mall was eerily empty as barricades prevented tourists from parking along the frontage roads serving the museums that stand shoulder to shoulder between the Capitol, and the Washington monument.


Free soaring EAGLE-Net is prey for rural phone companies in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Whoever first speculated that the road to hell is paved with good intentions may well have had Colorado’s EAGLE-Net Alliance in mind. During the Legislative Audit Committee’s investigative inquiry last week, Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D–Adams County, expressed the nearly universal sense of confusion pervading the committee room when she observed, “The deeper we get in the weeds here, the weedier it seems to get.”