Guest Columns

Hurtling across the American heartland on a post-election road trip

Contributing Columnist

I had election stories to file last week before I could hit the road again. It was 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning before I’d met my deadlines, packed the car, picked up a large bag of malt vinegar Kettle chips, in preference to Cheetos or gold fish, and filled my cooler with soft drinks, water bottles and Colorado IPAs. My daughter was opening her new Pilates studio in Chicago’s Wicker Park on Thursday evening and it was also my granddaughter’s birthday. Time to roll east with the last of Lara’s belongings, which had remained lurking in my basement 40 years after her birth. I ratcheted the stereo up on high, a box of CDs in the passenger seat and a SIRIUS XM channel when I wanted to check on election results. Road trip!

MCSHANE: RECLAIMING COLORADO ON THE GROUND

Why Republicans were slaughtered in 2012 — and what we can do in 2014

GUEST COLUMNIST

Election Day 2012, a day many on the right, including myself, thought would bring victories all across the country, and here in Colorado. Colorado Republicans had hoped for and somewhat expected not only a top ticket win for Romney, but a possible retak-ing of the State Senate and widening their majority in the State House. No one expected the night to end with the gavel being proverbially torn from Frank McNulty’s hand, but that’s ex-actly what happened.

TEEGARDEN: HIS LEGACY AND LEADERSHIP

“Abraham Lincoln, a Prince of Men.” Just ask his harshest critics

Contributing Columnist

This weekend, the much-anticipated movie, Lincoln, will be debut across the country to much fanfare and pre-release hype. In preparation for what will likely be another Stephen Spielberg masterpiece, starring, among others, Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field, it seems appropriate to reflect upon a few of the complexities and ambiguities of our 16th and still greatest President.

SALAZAR: EXPORTS OF AG PRODUCTS IMPORTANT TO STATE

International markets play major role in Colorado’s agriculture exports

GUEST COLUMNIST

When thinking about the goods or services that Colorado exports to other countries, agricultural products may not be the first thing that crosses your mind. Think again.

HUDSON: MEMORIES FROM THE PAST

Everyday heroes now and in the past…

Contributing Columnist

I’ve been thinking a lot about Adolph Dubs the past few weeks. Who? Following the recent assassination of J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, most news reports noted he was the first American Ambassador in 33 years to be murdered in the line of duty. Like Stevens, “Spike” Dubs was a career foreign service officer appointed as Ambassador to Afghanistan (no surprise there) by Jimmy Carter. Members of the Semtani Milli militia kidnapped Dubs in Kabul.

HUDSON: MUSINGS ON THE PRESIDENCY

The hollow crown vs. the hollow man

Contributing Columnist

If I’ve learned anything after forty years in politics, it’s the fact that charisma, like beauty, exists far more in the eye of the beholder than within the character of a candidate. Any politician who embraces this madness from the crowd — popular adulation without limits — does so at considerable risk of wrenching disillusionment and disappointment once elected. Four years ago Barack Obama attempted to warn his supporters that he would not prove a perfect president — that he could only attempt to do his very best.

FERRANDINO AND VAAD: SUPPORT FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY WAS UNANIMOUS

Vote for Amendment S and bring state government into the 21st Century

GUEST COLUMNISTS

There’s no reason for Colorado’s government to be stuck in the past. And yet it is.

The rules and procedures that govern state hiring and personnel management in Colorado have not been updated or revised in over 40 years. In the context of a system that employs over 30,000 hardworking people, our obsolete management procedures mean large-scale inefficiency and waste.

SPENCE: ROMNEY WILL SCORE HIGH GRADES ON REFORM

Obama has been beholden to teacher unions — no wonder there isn’t education reform

GUEST COLUMNIST

The job of President is a tough one indeed. It involves many priorities and many challenges. As president, Mitt Romney will pursue genuine education reform that puts parents and students’ interests ahead of special interests. His reforms will ensure that every child has a chance to receive a quality education in a good school.

SMITH: COLORADANS SHOULD PASS AMENDMENT 64

As long as there’s a market here in the U.S., the drug war cannot be won

Contributing Columnist

What do Hector and Yeira Beltrán, Enrique and Bethsaida Cisneros, and Iván and Claudia Vasquez have in common?

They are victims of our drug war. They live on the Mexican side of the U.S. border in the pathway of the billions of dollars in drugs that come northward to meet the demand in this country. In all the debates about legalization — marijuana and Amendment 64 in Colorado — their story is the one you never hear, the story of those who have to survive in countries that we have destabilized by our desire for drugs.