Guest Columns

White House stresses gains for Hispanics at local summit

Special to The Colorado Statesman

As the election year draws near, President Obama has been looking west. He recently visited Colorado twice in the period of a month to promote his reelection and push his policies, and during his last trip, unveiled his student loan program.

MCNULTY: GOVERNMENT REGS ARE BLOCKING OUR PATH TO SUCCESS

House Republicans in the state are committed to Building a Better Colorado

GUEST COLUMNIST

Last month, House Republicans crisscrossed the state on our Building a Better Colorado Tour. On it, we met with farmers and ranchers, ski industry representatives, small business owners and Coloradans from around the state to further our efforts to create jobs and get our economy back on track.

On this tour, we saw firsthand how Republican policies are allowing Coloradans to thrive.

In Greeley, we met with farmers and ranchers who have benefited from the repeal of the “ag tax,” an unconstitutional tax that Democrats placed on the agriculture industry in 2010.

Local municipalities go to polls to decide on a variety of issues

GUEST COLUMNIST

Voters in 72 cities and towns went to the polls across the state on Nov. 1 to decide on ballot issues and candidates. Four cities cancelled their regularly scheduled elections: Dacono, Fort Morgan, Las Animas, and Wray. Additionally, four municipalities will hold their elections next Tuesday, Nov. 8: Brighton, Mountain View, Telluride and Vail. The following results have been supplied by the Colorado Municipal League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 representing the interests of 265 cities and towns.

MARKS: GOD BLESS THE USA!

As we get ready to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, memories are of freedom

GUEST COLUMNIST

“Freedom,” Ronald Reagan warned, “is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Although I’m a veteran from WW II and getting up in years I can still remember the “Great Depression Generation” of the 1930s and where we were on that fateful December 7, 1941 — a day that made my generation once again fight for “Freedom.”

I also remember that Veterans Day — November 11 — was originally referred to as “Armistice Day.” It was to “remember” that at 5 a.m. on the 11th of November 1918, Germany surrendered to the Americans who had helped to restore “Freedom” to Europe.

TEEGARDEN: A HISTORY OF REMEMBRANCE

Trying to understand Veterans Day: What and whom are we honoring?

The Colorado Statesman

Here’s how well I understand Veterans Day — I told my publisher/editor/friend, Ms. Strogoff, how thrilled I was to write about this important national holiday, because it had in fact been originated by Civil War General and Congressman John “Blackjack” Logan. Which would have been correct if we had been talking about Memorial Day! In the immortal words of Gilda Radnor’s Emily Litella, “Never Mind.”

TEEGARDEN: FROM HAGIOGRAPHY TO HODGES

The closer we examine Abraham Lincoln, the greater he remains in our minds

GUEST COLUMNIST

Having recently discussed the bare bones story of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, I’ve been uncertain how to best present or frame the apparent ambiguities and lack of urgency in Lincoln’s own commitment to end slavery. When studying or reading about Lincoln’s life, particularly his early career in Illinois, one cannot help but stumble across any number of troubling statements and writings with respect to true equality between the white and African American races.

SMITH: FREE TRADE, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM ARE KEY

Even so-called ‘small accomplishments’ will help with job creation in Colorado

“I’m less enamoured with big plans than I am with small accomplishments,” Monte Pascoe whispered to me during a cabinet meeting way back in 1982 when we were both working for Governor Dick Lamm.

Monte was a wonderful public servant and civic leader and I thought of him as President Obama was making his September 8 jobs speech. Yes, big ideas are important and often inspiring but rebuilding our shattered economy is going to take dozens of small accomplishments. There is no magic answer.

SPRADLEY: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

If the government makes me buy health insurance, what’s next?

GUEST COLUMNIST

I read with interest Miller Hudson’s article on health insurance and OBAMACARE (Colorado Statesman, Sept. 30, 2011) and could not help myself but submit a response. In my opinion, there are many fatal flaws with his logic. The critically ill do not go uncared for in America today, they are cared for either at the hospital, at community health centers or on a cash basis. Yes, you can still buy health care services with money.

TEEGARDEN: LINCOLN'S EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

Beginning of the end of slavery in the Union

Contributing Columnist

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln publicly announced his intention to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, effective on January 1, 1863. Under the terms of this Presidential Order, any area in a state of rebellion against the Union would immediately forfeit the institution of “legal” slavery without compensation.