Guest Columns

TEEGARDEN: RECAP OF THE CIVIL WAR

May 1862: A Civil War status report after one year of protracted fighting

Contributing Columnist

In the coming months, I look forward to writing in more detail about 1862, including tragedies (like Antietam and Fredericksburg) and triumphs (like the Emancipation Proclamation) which are part of this year’s Sesquicentennial remembrance, as well as other core antebellum and post-bellum issues.

For this week, however, since so many readers of The Colorado Statesman are about to emerge from the “fog” of the legislative session for 2012, I though it might be helpful to provide a very brief situational report on the American Civil War as it stood 150 years ago this week, in 1862.

STYLE MATTERS: Madeleine Albright: “Read my Pins”

Contributing Columnist

Instead of “Read my Lips,” Madeleine Albright, the first woman secretary of state, prefers “Read my Pins.” Over the years Albright collected hundreds of pins, each with a symbolic message and an anecdote. A selection of her favorites is currently part of an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum called, “Read My Pins, the Madeleine Albright Collection.” The pins arrived in Denver April 15 and will be on display until June 17.

NESBITT: PROPOSALS INCREASE THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE SYSTEM

Modernizing personnel system supports state workers and the people of Colorado

GUEST COLUMNIST

In his April 6 guest column in The Colorado Statesman, Miller Hudson asserts that Colorado voters should “think long and hard” before they approve proposed changes to a State personnel system “that has served them well for nearly a century.” While we agree with him wholeheartedly on the importance of a sound personnel system, it is a disservice to the dedicated public servants who work for the State to let sentimentality impede the progress necessary to deliver effective, efficient and elegant service to the people of Colorado.

CHEROUTES: SURVIVING THEN AND NOW…

Campaigning: Same as it ever was

GUEST COLUMNIST

The word “candidate” comes from the Latin “candida,” meaning clothed in white, referencing the bleached white togas Roman politicians wore to stand out in a crowd. The bleaching solution of the day was urine, a product vastly improved upon over time.

MARKS: HE WAS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO

April 13 brings back fond memories of Apollo astronaut Jack Swigert

GUEST COLUMNIST

April 13, 1970 — Apollo 13 — “Hey, we’ve got a problem here.”

TEEGARDEN: MORE POLITICAL GAMES AND TRICKERY!

A look back at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 1860

GUEST COLUMNIST

Well folks, ‘tis the season for Presidential-year Political Conventions!

Ah yes — more political games and trickery! Smoke filled rooms, counterfeit admission tickets, well-heeled East Coast financiers trying to strong arm western voters, organized and paid shouters and cheerleaders, rumor-mongering, threats of party defections, promises of cabinet posts and other patronage in exchange for support, the raising of absurd sums of money for political action, etc, etc.

TEEGARDEN: FROM THE PAST WE SHALL (HOPEFULLY) LEARN

A reflection on Shiloh and Passover

GUEST COLUMNIST

The two-day Civil War Battle of Shiloh, sometimes referred to as the “Battle of Pittsburgh Landing,” began in the predawn hours of Sunday, April 6, 1862, when Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston’s army rushed out of the dense woods upon the more or less unsuspecting Union army of General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s troops were, for the most part, just rising from their tents when the attack began.

Style Matters attends the YSL exhibit and gala

The Colorado Statesman

Not since the Democratic National Convention has so much national and international attention focused on Denver. But this time, it wasn’t politicos descending on the Mile High City — it was fashionistas, art aficionados, and a chatty group of sophisticated French fashion-lovers all here to see the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective. What a coup! What a “get!” Denver is the only city in the United States that will host this exhibit. As the promotional material brags: Paris, Madrid, Denver. Denver? Snagging one of the great fashion exhibits of the 20th century by one of the top designers perhaps of all time? Mon Dieu! How did that happen?

HAMILL, RITCHIE, SALEM: EARLY LITERACY NECESSARY STEP

An education bill with economic appeal

GUEST COLUMNISTS

Spring Fashion 2012

GUEST COLUMNIST

I wish I could announce that Spring fashions are radically different from anything we’ve seen on the runway or in stores. Alas, what we are getting is basically more of last year. The good news is we can still wear what we purchased last Spring and enjoy a nice financial savings. For those of us who are yearning for fresh new styles, well we are just going to have to wait until designers get more creative.