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Affordable, accessible housing solutions overdue for people with disabilities

Guest Contributor

At age 8, I climbed out of my wheelchair and crawled up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to convince Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Twenty-five years later, Americans with disabilities are facing a crisis in affordable, accessible housing. Many properties that accept tax credits to provide low-income and accessible housing still do not comply with the ADA and other anti-discrimination laws.

This is a far cry from what I envisioned when I crawled up those steps so many years ago.


Kogo a no go for governor in ’86, but Holly Coors keeps door open

The Colorado Statesman

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … As a service to the proliferating field of candidates weighing runs for governor — incumbent Dick Lamm was stepping down in 1986 after serving three terms — the newspaper produced a Generic Gubernatorial Campaign Speech, “[s]uitable for everyday campaign use and moth swatting.” Based on pages of interviews with a half-dozen potential candidates published in the previous week’s Denver Post, the all-purpose speech, composed by Statesman theater critic Miller Hudson

Guest Column: EPA mandates on carbon emissions should be challenged

Special to The Colorado Statesman

On Aug. 3 the Obama administration declared war on the Colorado economy. In the name of saving the planet from “climate change,” Coloradans will be required to pay sharply higher utility bills while restructuring our power generation plants to implement the costly – and likely unlawful – federal mandates for lower carbon emissions.

Carleton discusses EPA updates to emissions, ozone standards

The Colorado Statesman

Carleton discusses EPA updates to emissions, ozone standards

By Marianne Goodland
The Colorado Statesman

Even while dealing with the wastewater spill on the Animas River, the EPA is preparing for the rollout of updated standards on carbon emissions and ground-level ozone.

It’s an issue that brought Ron Carleton, EPA’s counselor to the administrator for agricultural policy, to Denver this week.

Carleton spoke to The Colorado Statesman about the updates, and the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan, which was finalized on Aug. 3.

New veteran's laws take effect

Employment services pilot program funding to be awarded this month
The Colorado Statesman

Funding for a pilot program aimed at helping military veterans maintain employment will be awarded by the state this month.

The program is one of three new laws recently put in place to provide support for veterans or active-duty military members.

House Bill 1030 creates the Employment Services for Veterans Pilot Program. The program sets up career counseling, mentoring and job retention services for veterans.

State water plan updated, more to come

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado towns and cities could be asked to make big reductions in their water use, under a new goal added to the state’s water plan.

The statewide plan, ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2013, is now on its second draft. The first draft came out last December, and received more than 24,000 comments.

Carroll comes out swinging in CD-6 kick off

The Colorado Statesman

Morgan Carroll's 6th Congressional District campaign kicked off this week and she came out swinging against incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman for his “failed leadership” in dealing with the problem-plagued VA hospital project in Aurora.

But a Coffman surrogate dismissed Carroll's “shrill” attack as ridiculous. And a political analyst questioned whether attacking Coffman — a war veteran — on the VA issue is wise strategy to win a House race that will be on the national radar next year.

Hudson: Tracking The Donald in GOP debate

The Colorado Statesman

The 24 million Americans who watched last week’s initial Republican presidential primary debate were not all Republicans. A hundred Democrats, give or take, gathered at the Governor’s Park sports bar in Denver to view what they hoped would prove an embarrassing clown car competition. If it weren’t for the closed captioning on multiple flat screen TVs it would have been impossible to understand a word of what the candidates were saying.


Death penalty for George Brauchler’s senate candidacy! shout Democrat wonks

The Colorado Statesman

Just recently, the friendly swotters down the street at surmised in their usual mischievous fashion that Douglas County DA George Brauchler has been forever and irrepa-rably damaged — no, not by sending Tweets from the courtroom and fl uster-ing a blustering judge — but because he sought from a jury the death penalty for an evil, lunatic mass murderer and “lost.” He didn’t lose the case, mind you. James Holmes will be locked in a windowless micro-apartment for the rest of his life — where he belongs.