Guest Columns

TEEGARDEN: TIMES HAVEN’T CHANGED MUCH

Washington, D.C. — ‘The Great Volcano’

The Colorado Statesman

Instead of a column this week, I wanted to share a quote I recently came across, penned by our greatest President at a relatively young age (30).

Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, right-wing, left-wing, or somewhere in between, you have no doubt heard an example of overly provocative political speech or writing which not only was in opposition to your own point of view, but was also overblown and dramatic.

STYLE MATTERS

Spring Fashions, 2013

Contributing Columnist

HUDSON: INSIDE THE BELTWAY

Another State of the Union, another reminder about Washington hubris

Contributing Columnist

“Suppose you were an idiot,
and suppose
you were a member of Congress;
but I repeat myself.”
Mark Twain

SMITH: LITTLE THINGS SOMETIMES MEAN A LOT

Hillary has earned my support in 2016

Contributing Columnist

I was thrilled when Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary and, like many, skeptical about her promise to campaign for him. That all changed in Española, New Mexico on August 17, 2008.

WEBB: LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE…

Voters, not Denver School Board, should decide on vacancy replacement

GUEST COLUMNIST

Next month, the Denver Public School Board will decide on a replacement for Nate Easley Jr., a former board president who has served the Montbello, Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton neighborhoods since 2009.

Easley will step down from his seat in March to become the executive director of the Denver Scholarship Fund.

All Denver residents should be asking: What criteria will be used to pick his replacement? How transparent will the process be?

HOGAN & MAMET: STATE OF OUR CITIES AND TOWNS

Municipal revenues are up, but unfortunately maintenance schedules still lag behind

GUEST COLUMNISTS

It’s taken four years for the municipal revenue picture to turn around but 2012 ended with encouraging results — 47 percent of respondents to an annual Colorado Municipal League survey report increased revenue in 2012 over the previous year. Back in 2009, 46 percent reported a decline in revenue from the previous year. This encouraging news is contained in the 2013 CML State of our Cities and Towns Report — CML’s annual municipal health check-up. Revenue increases vary throughout the state.

Drilling and fracking have destroyed value of our most significant investment — our homes

GUEST COLUMNIST

As the pace of oil and gas development increases in Colorado the controversy and impacts on our communities and public health have been well documented. However, one impact to Coloradans which not has received as much attention is how drilling and fracking has impacted Colorado’s real estate and the value of Coloradans’ most significant investment and nest egg — our homes.
 


Comprehensive and modernized regulatory frameworks counter concerns about fracking

GUEST COLUMNIST

The state of Colorado is like nowhere else in the world. Coloradans feel strongly about our environment, community, and economic growth. It’s personal to us. So when we hear concerns about hydraulic fracturing — a tightly regulated technology used to enhance oil and natural gas development — in our state, we understand.

HUDSON: LOCAL PRODUCTIONS HAVE FLAIR

A Portrait of Robert Kennedy and War Horse are great entertainment

Contributing Columnist

A Portrait of Robert Kennedy by Jack Holmes. Directed by Terry Dodd and playing through February 24 at the Vintage Theatre, Aurora. War Horse adapted by Nick Stafford and the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa from the children’s book by Michael Morpurgo. A National Theatre of Great Britain production, directed by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, staged at the Denver Center’s Buell Theater and playing through January 20.

TEEGARDEN: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND KEN SALAZAR…

January reflections on three Americans — two for the ages, one still belongs to Colorado

Contributing Columnist

January (1st) marks the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, by America’s greatest President, Abraham Lincoln. Make no mistake, and ignore criticism to the contrary — this one act by Lincoln (combined with winning the Civil War, of course) had more to do with the elimination of America’s Original Sin of Slavery than any other in history, including passage of the 13th Amendment.