TEEGARDEN: A HISTORY OF REMEMBRANCE
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
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
“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
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
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.
JONAS: OUR POLITICS CAN CHANGE
Still fourteen months away, the 2012 presidential election is heating up faster and more furious than most anyone would want. Stuck with a stagnant economy and jobs market, skyrocketing debts and deficits, failing schools and crumbling infrastructure, Washington’s focus has turned to bickering about elections instead of getting anything done.
President Obama, with an eye towards November 2012, spins every speech into an “us” vs. “them” appeal in hopes of holding his base.
BROWN: COURTESY COUNTS — TOWARDS CONSTITUENTS TOO
It’s another Monday night meeting of the Denver City Council. Dozens of citizens have gathered in the ornate council chamber on the fourth floor of the City and County building for a controversial public hearing. It’s a time honored tradition (mandated for land use issues) that gives interested constituents three minutes at the podium to speak directly to elected officials and tell them what’s on their minds.
HOLDEN: OUT OF CONTROL
The University of Colorado increased tuition 9 percent earlier this year. University officials seem to say their numerous revenue sources — student tuition, state funding, foundations, corporate and federal grants, alumni contributions and more — are not enough. Colorado higher education is an easy target for budget cutting, but increased tuition will result in fewer students able to afford college.
It’s a small part of a larger problem.
TEEGARDEN: GRUESOME AND SOBERING STATISTICS FROM 1862
September 17, 1862 was the bloodiest single day in U. S. history-by a long shot.
Total deaths — the worst. Total casualties (killed, wounded and missing) — the worst. Deaths and total casualties adjusted as a percentage of total population — worse yet!
TEEGARDEN: FROM BULL RUN THROUGH BULL RUN
This past week, Aug. 30 marked the 149th anniversary of the Union’s second consecutive defeat at Bull Run. But Union futility on the fields of Virginia over this 14-month stretch was more pathetic than the record might indicate. The Yankee losing streak that had begun on the same battlefield the previous year, in July 1861, included repeated losses on battlefields between Washington and Richmond and up and down the Shenandoah Valley. Then, on Sept.