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!
“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
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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.