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PERA study paints rosy picture, but not everyone is buying it

The Colorado Statesman

An independent study released this week provided good news for Colorado's public pension system — a little too good for skeptical Republican lawmakers.

The study determined that the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association's benefit model is more efficient and cost-effective than other types of public and private retirement plans.

And a move toward a different benefit system for public employees would cost the state up to $15.9 billion, the 211-page report reads.

Solar experts urge more government intervention to supplant coal power

The Colorado Statesman

EDWARDS — The future of solar energy in Colorado and the United States is very bright, according to a panel of experts here Monday night, but it can go supernova-bright with a much more concerted push from local, state and federal government.

All four panelist at the Vail Symposium’s “Future of Solar Energy” forum at Colorado Mountain College talked about the inevitable transition away from fossil fuels — especially coal — as the primary means of generating electricity in the United States.

Guest Commentary

Common Cause believes lawmakers should represent all, not just voters

Guest Contributor

A group of recent court decisions has reignited the debate over how we draw legislative districts. In a case out of Arizona, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of Americans to create independent commissions that strip politicians of the power to gerrymander districts. In a Florida case in which Common Cause was a successful plaintiff, the state Supreme Court found the Florida legislature had drawn congressional district boundaries for political gain, and ordered them to redraw eight congressional districts within 100 days. In Alabama and Virginia, the U.S.

Colorado GOPers decry Iran nuclear deal, Democrats see it as positive step forward

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans were quick to condemn the Obama administration’s announcement Tuesday of a nuclear agreement between six countries and Iran, urging Congress to reject the deal even as Democrats called it as a step in the right direction.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a blistering statement accusing the White House of entering into a “bad deal” to accommodate “a murderous regime led by a President who gladly marches at the front of parades shouting ‘Death to America!’ and ‘Death to Israel!’”

Chatter

Jewell under pressure to visit Colowyo mine during Aspen trip

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is coming to Colorado, but a visit to the Colowyo coal mine isn’t on her itinerary — at least not yet.

Jewell is scheduled to speak Friday at the Aspen Institute, just a three-hour drive from Craig, where residents are frantic over the threat of a coal mine shutting down as a result of a lawsuit filed by environmentalist group WildEarth Guardians.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Rep. Scott Tipton have urged her to visit the area and hear from the community about the mine’s importance to the northwest Colorado economy.

Columnist

Smith: ISIS training camps at border? Puras mentiras

The Colorado Statesman

“Puras mentiras,” Cecilia Vazquez says to me. Nothing but lies. The other Mixteca Indians nod in agreement.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: CEI works to improve student achievement

Editor:

A recent column in your publication provided a skewed portrayal of The Colorado Education Initiative, or CEI. We would like your readers to have factual information about our organization.

CEI is an independent nonprofit that works in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, districts, schools, and other public education stakeholders to improve student outcomes in diverse communities across Colorado.

We are not an advocacy organization or a foundation. Our mission is not driven by any one local or national foundation, advocacy group, or organization.

Columnist

Gaon ‘always looking out for the little guy’

The Colorado Statesman

“Governor Love is a dumb bell.”

It was a Sunday afternoon and David Gaon was listening to the Herrick Roth show, when suddenly a man named J.D. MacFarlane made this comment about Gov. John Love. Gaon immediately called MacFarlane, offered to work on his campaign for attorney general, went to Pueblo to meet with Wally Stealey and J.D.’s wife, Janet. David ended up driving all over the state with them as MacFarlane pursued his first campaign for attorney general.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Jeffco schools recall a union power grab

Editor,

As a longtime Jefferson County resident and taxpayer, I must protest the grounds of this proposed recall of three competent school board members. Let’s be totally honest about this. The real reason for the recall effort is the teacher’s association, the JCEA. Previously there was Superintendent Cindy Stevenson, the JCEA, and the rest was superfluous. Now the board has become independent and thinks for itself.

Guest Commentary

Supporting caregivers and the new American family

Guest Contributor

Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans every day perform a great labor of love: caring for parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain in their homes.

Sometimes these family caregivers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — while also holding down a full-time job — and often they can’t even take a break. They help with bathing and dressing, meal preparation, transportation and chores. Many perform complex medical tasks like wound care, giving injections and complicated medication management.