Guest Columns

HUDSON: IT’S RELATIVELY CALM THIS YEAR…

The delicate delegate selection process of Colorado Dems has changed over the years

Contributing Columnist

I moved to Denver in October of 1972, too late to attend my Democratic caucus or even to cast a vote. I was therefore unaware that a McGovern juggernaut engineered by Gary Hart had swept an entire generation from party leadership in Colorado. My precinct committeeman in North Denver was one of the few holdovers who managed to survive. Joe Vinnola was the ‘starter’ at the dog track in Commerce City and a staunch supporter of Mike Pomponio’s Denver machine. Pomponio, the long time Democratic Captain on the north side and a master of proxy warfare, had been among the first to fall.

TEEGARDEN: NEVER BEEN TO GRACELAND, BUT…

Elvis lives! In the cradle of the Civil War

Contributing Columnist

Last week was Elvis Week. The Beatles may have had “Eight Days a Week,” but Elvis got 9! That’s right — Aug. 10 through Aug. 18 was Elvis Week, and the primary celebrations occurred in Memphis, Tennessee, at Graceland, and throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.

SMITH: SHOEMAKER’S LEGACY IS ONE OF RESPECT

Joe Shoemaker was a real straight shooter

It was 9:30 Monday night when the phone rang. I saw Jeff Shoemaker’s name on the panel and knew immediately why he was calling. Yes, Joe Shoemaker had been slipping fast but, to me, he had always seemed invincible. So to hear that he had passed was like a hammer blow.

HUDSON: COPPER, TIN AND BRASS ARE OUR POLITICAL CHOICES

Seen any Olympic caliber politicians lately?

The Colorado Statesman

If you have ever donated to a Colorado political campaign, Democratic or Republican, and you still have a landline telephone, then your enjoyment of the recently concluded London Olympics was almost surely interrupted by frequent calls from money-grubbing candidates. It’s useful that our elections and the Olympic games coincide every four years. They serve as a reminder of what can be achieved through sheer determination, commitment, hard work and nearly super-human effort.

SMITH: AN ADAMS COUNTY ANGEL HAS PASSED AWAY

Jean Marks was a wonderful public servant

Contributing Columnist

Jean and Floyd Marks. What an odd couple! Yet they were both such good friends and so pivotal to the very special years that Julie and I spent in Adams County.

HUDSON: OBSERVING AURORA FROM A DISTANCE

Surely we can devote more effort to scanning for the whack jobs among us

Contributing Columnist

It’s always a surreal experience when you are traveling far from home, and something bizarre or terrifying is reported to have occurred there in your absence. I learned twenty years ago that when the President of your Homeowner’s Association tracks you down in Seattle, it isn’t to deliver good news. A freak hailstorm had smashed all the windows along the north wall of my fourth floor condo in North Denver. My daughter was staying with me that summer and shouldered the responsibility of having them boarded up until I could return. The only good news was that, while other homeowners were cleaning up their damage, I was speaking to my insurance agent and ordering replacements before the entire Denver market ran out of glass.

WEBBCAST: BEHIND THE NEWS

Media Musings… Or, why is it done that way?

Contributing Columnist

• Let’s recognize that Channel 7 stepped up to cover the weeks of fire storms. Clearly it’s a sign that new owner Scripps-Howard takes local newsgathering seriously, and committed the resources to cover High Park, then Waldo Canyon, with reporters who could actually tell the story. Apparently they also moved crews and producers in from other Scripps-Howard stations to ensure there was enough “people-power” to report the news. What a concept. It did pay off — KMGH was second in the overnight ratings during the height of the Waldo Canyon coverage, close behind 9News.

HUDSON: A REAL PAIR OF VOTER FRAUD CULPRITS

The so-called ‘voter fraud’ fraud

Contributing Columnist

So what does all this rumored voter fraud really look like? In order for fraud to genuinely threaten Colorado’s democracy it would need to be organized, extensive and a game of large numbers. There would have to be meetings, assignments and a plan. It would require, if not an army, at least platoons of conspirators — perhaps, even collaborators at the clerk’s office or in the voting booth. How could all this unreported collusion avoid the gimlet eye of the law?

GOODTIMES: WISH I COULD PROMISE MORE GOODTIMES

I’m proud of what we’ve done in San Miguel County despite hard times

GUEST COLUMNIST

Citizens, it’s election season. The major parties have held their primaries and selected their candidates. As Greens, we had our state convention in Carbondale this past March. I was unanimously nominated there as the San Miguel Greens chapter’s sole county commissioner candidate.

While some counties have term limits, the majority of San Miguel voters have chosen to make their term decisions in the ballot box. And, indeed, we have a tradition of long-serving county elected officials in our county — Sheriff Bill Masters, Clerk Gay Cappis, Assessor Peggy Kantor.