HUDSON: COPPER, TIN AND BRASS ARE OUR POLITICAL CHOICES
The Colorado Statesman
If you have ever donated to a Colorado political campaign, Democratic or Republican, and you still have a landline telephone, then your enjoyment of the recently concluded London Olympics was almost surely interrupted by frequent calls from money-grubbing candidates. It’s useful that our elections and the Olympic games coincide every four years. They serve as a reminder of what can be achieved through sheer determination, commitment, hard work and nearly super-human effort.
SMITH: AN ADAMS COUNTY ANGEL HAS PASSED AWAY
Jean and Floyd Marks. What an odd couple! Yet they were both such good friends and so pivotal to the very special years that Julie and I spent in Adams County.
HUDSON: OBSERVING AURORA FROM A DISTANCE
It’s always a surreal experience when you are traveling far from home, and something bizarre or terrifying is reported to have occurred there in your absence. I learned twenty years ago that when the President of your Homeowner’s Association tracks you down in Seattle, it isn’t to deliver good news. A freak hailstorm had smashed all the windows along the north wall of my fourth floor condo in North Denver. My daughter was staying with me that summer and shouldered the responsibility of having them boarded up until I could return. The only good news was that, while other homeowners were cleaning up their damage, I was speaking to my insurance agent and ordering replacements before the entire Denver market ran out of glass.
WEBBCAST: BEHIND THE NEWS
• Let’s recognize that Channel 7 stepped up to cover the weeks of fire storms. Clearly it’s a sign that new owner Scripps-Howard takes local newsgathering seriously, and committed the resources to cover High Park, then Waldo Canyon, with reporters who could actually tell the story. Apparently they also moved crews and producers in from other Scripps-Howard stations to ensure there was enough “people-power” to report the news. What a concept. It did pay off — KMGH was second in the overnight ratings during the height of the Waldo Canyon coverage, close behind 9News.
HUDSON: A REAL PAIR OF VOTER FRAUD CULPRITS
So what does all this rumored voter fraud really look like? In order for fraud to genuinely threaten Colorado’s democracy it would need to be organized, extensive and a game of large numbers. There would have to be meetings, assignments and a plan. It would require, if not an army, at least platoons of conspirators — perhaps, even collaborators at the clerk’s office or in the voting booth. How could all this unreported collusion avoid the gimlet eye of the law?
GOODTIMES: WISH I COULD PROMISE MORE GOODTIMES
Citizens, it’s election season. The major parties have held their primaries and selected their candidates. As Greens, we had our state convention in Carbondale this past March. I was unanimously nominated there as the San Miguel Greens chapter’s sole county commissioner candidate.
While some counties have term limits, the majority of San Miguel voters have chosen to make their term decisions in the ballot box. And, indeed, we have a tradition of long-serving county elected officials in our county — Sheriff Bill Masters, Clerk Gay Cappis, Assessor Peggy Kantor.
HUDSON: A TYPICALLY AMERICAN RESPONSE
Most Americans would probably prefer that the July 4th holiday be scheduled like Labor Day and Memorial Day, guaranteeing us another three-day weekend each summer. But, it was, after all, July 4th when our Declaration of Independence was written 236 years ago; and, here we are, still celebrating that decision to overthrow colonial rule and find our own way in the world as a democratic people. It’s also been 225 years since we drafted the Constitution that governs our federal system.
HUDSON: PARANOIA RUNS DEEP
For the second time in less than a month, a Republican legislator has expressed their suspicion that Colorado’s leaders are actively colluding with the White House for the express purpose of embarrassing them. It’s enough to make you break out your copy of Richard Hofstader’s famous 1963 essay, The Paranoid Style of American Politics. Of course, Hofstader didn’t argue that this tendency is only a Republican problem. In fact, the propensity for paranoia has proven an equal opportunity political pathology in recent decades.
HUDSON: YOU KNOW, THAT VISION THING...
When I moved to Colorado forty years ago, it was exciting to know my kids would grow up in one of the youngest states in the nation. Throughout Colorado’s history wave after wave of youthful immigrants, first in pursuit of gold and silver, then personal health, economic opportunity, recreation or an outdoors lifestyle, have propped up our construction industry. At times, this runaway growth has resulted in a pronounced grumpiness towards newcomers. It motivated voter rejection of the 1976 Olympics, and, I suspect, the general distaste for taxes required to underwrite public infrastructure for all these new arrivals.