Guest Columns

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!

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.