Guest Columns

SUGDEN: GET READY FOR NEW SYSTEM IN 2014

Health Insurance Exchanges are the future

GUEST COLUMNIST

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promises to revolutionize the health insurance marketplace. A component of this revolution is the creation of Health Insurance Exchanges, online portals where consumers will shop for and enroll in coverage. Exchanges hope to assist 32 million consumers in finding affordable health plans. They will direct those eligible for Medicaid to that program and will deliver premium subsidies and tax credits to those who qualify.

TEEGARDEN: AND A LIST OF RECOMMENDED AUTHORS AND BOOKS

A New Years’ Eve Civil War battle

Contributing Columnist

First, following is a brief description of a very bloody and inconclusive battle (technically counted as a Union victory) known as the Battle of Stones River or Murfreesboro. Second, I’ve provided a list of my own favorite Civil War historians/non-fiction writers and some suggested (very readable, not dry and boring) books related to the Civil War and its place in our national psyche.

TEEGARDEN: THE CIVIL WAR "YEAR-END WRAP-UP"

The holiday seasons during the Civil War years were predictably somber

GUEST COLUMNIST

December is the traditional time for overall “year in review” wrap up stories. So here’s an attempt to summarize the years of the Civil War. The following is admittedly far too superficial for any historian or amateur student of that period, but will hopefully give more general readers a glimpse of the painful annual retrospectives families were somberly reflecting upon during the holiday seasons of 1860-1865.

GAGLIARDI: BIG ISN’T ALWAYS THE BEST

Shopping small can make a big difference

GUEST COLUMNIST

For the third consecutive month, NFIB’s Small Business Economic Trends report, a key economic benchmark used by Federal Reserve officials and congressional leaders, showed an increase in small-business optimism — a leading indicator of economic growth.

LAMM: HE'S THE ONLY ‘GOOD GUY’ THEY'V GOT

I’m supporting Obama, but if I were a Republican, Huntsman would be my choice

GUEST COLUMNIST

Jon Huntsman would be my “Non Mitt.”

That is if I were a Republican. And if I lived in New Hampshire. Here’s why:

Though basically too conservative for me, he has a brain, and perhaps more important, the guts to stay independent of the “pack.”

THE WEBBCAST

What the Post’s downsizing really means, and a ‘New York’ moment in local TV

GUEST COLUMNIST

I’m becoming a bit more embarrassed these days when I admit that I still receive a newspaper on my front step, and that I read a large-format “national” newspaper (the Wall Street Journal) at the office every day. And doubtless you’re reading this on conventional newsprint, which is how Statesman subscribers are accustomed to getting their political news. Although I’ll admit I’m downloading the “apps” to my new iPad so I can read both newspapers online.

What to buy your favorite lobbyist this holiday season

The Colorado Statesman

With very little thought, anybody can buy anyone a conventional holiday gift and many people do. Think of the boxes of candy you receive that go right into the garbage can — better there than on your hips. And what about bouquets of flowers? Not so good. They all eventually die (depressing), they drop dead leaves and petals, and the poor gift recipient has to clean them up. Happy Holidays to you too. With all the allergies and sensitivities in the workplace, perfume, colognes and aftershaves are verboten. Even certain deodorants overstep their olfactory boundaries.

STROGOFF: REMEMBRANCES OF A LITTLE WARRIOR

Hank Brown, Tom Tancredo, share their memories of Freda Poundstone

The Colorado Statesman

Freda Poundstone, one of Colorado’s leading and most iconic conservative figures, lost her battle with cancer earlier this month. She was laid to rest in a private family service at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Nov. 11. Earlier that day, an eclectic crowd gathered at the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood to celebrate the storied life of the former lobbyist and mayor of Greenwood Village.

TEEGARDEN: THANKSGIVING, VETERANS DAY, AND GETTYSBURG DAY...

Remembering why all us Turkeys stay on the same crazy bus!

GUEST COLUMNIST

Saturday, November 19, is the 148th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 delivery of the Gettysburg Address. It will likely bring a smile to the face of any admirer of Lincoln to know that the President’s first words to his friend and bodyguard, Ward Lamon, after delivering his brief remarks were, “that speech won’t scour.” Lincoln was utilizing a farmer’s vernacular for plowing untilled soil, and by “won’t scour” he meant that the speech was a dud!