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2014 Citizen of the West: Frederic C. Hamilton

The Colorado Statesman

Almost 1,000 well-heeled — and cowboy boot-heeled — guests gathered at the National Western Stock Show event center paddock on Jan. 13 to help honor Frederic C. Hamilton as the 2014 Citizen of the West. The annual award recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals. Hamilton, a pioneer in the oil and gas business, philanthropist and advocate for the arts, was a perfect fit times three.

Style Matters is a citizen of the west for one evening

The Colorado Statesman

Last Monday found Style Matters pulling on a pair of sequin and beaded blue cowboy boots in preparation for the annual Citizen of the West dinner, the traditional kick-off of the National Western Stock Show.

Diversity celebrated at pre-session reception

The Colorado Statesman

Members of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and the Colorado Democratic Latin@ Caucus had a lot to be proud of when they gathered Jan. 7 for their second annual “Celebrating Diversity” reception before the start of the legislative session. State Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Denver, had just been chosen as Speaker Pro Tem and her leadership post is one of several held by members of each caucus, putting the Colorado legislature on the map for its diverse delegation.

Title set for measure to limit college concealed guns

Colorado’s Initiative Title Setting Review Board this week set a title for a statutory initiative to limit concealed handguns on Colorado public college and university campuses. A 2012 poll shows 65 percent of Colorado voters are in favor of banning concealed guns on college campuses.

With deference to Ken Gordon, withhold your cheers… and your money, and your votes

The Colorado Statesman

The recent death of former state Sen. Ken Gordon was like that cold gush of wintry air that hits you in the face after you open the front door and get ready to leave your warm house. Unexpected, harsh and smarting for an instant.

Justice, truth and peace — and remembrances of my Bar Mitzvah

By Ken Gordon

Editor's Note: The following column was written by former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon on May 21, 2009.

Today Andrew Romanoff, Herzl Melmed and I received awards from the Jewish Community Relations Council. Herzl, a doctor, lived in Israel during the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars and cared for casualties. He has an enormous number of accomplishments. When he accepted his award, he gave credit to others. “Finally,” he said, “I have to talk about my wife, behind every man, there is a woman... rolling her eyes.”

Ken Gordon remembered as ‘the people’s politician’

The Colorado Statesman

Former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon is being remembered as the people’s politician, having traded the usual inner circle establishment politics for a legacy of grassroots mobilizing that continues to shape the landscape of Colorado politics.

Gordon died on Dec. 22. He was 63.

Elected officials have a very narrow range of political options

By Ken Gordon

Editor's Note: The following column was written by former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon on Nov. 10, 2009.

The other day I got a ticket for speeding near a school. I’m not complaining. I deserved it. I hadn’t gotten a ticket for many years and I hadn’t noticed that the speed limit had dropped on that section of the road. The amount of the fine though was surprising — $230. The Denver police officer even apologized. “The reason it is so high is because this is a school zone.”

Withhold your cheers… and your money, and your votes

By Ken Gordon

Editor's Note: The following column was written by former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon on Aug. 10, 2009.

Democracies can do the wrong thing, just as more authoritarian governments can. The policies of a democracy will be no smarter, no less selfish, no more fair, and no more courageous than the people of the country.

It is because of this exact relation between the character of the people and the actions of a democratic government that the current debate on health care is so horrifying.