Guest Columns

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.

HUDSON: A TYPICALLY AMERICAN RESPONSE

July 4th holiday provides opportunity to reflect on representative democracy

Contributing Columnist

Most Americans would probably prefer that the July 4th holiday be scheduled like Labor Day and Memorial Day, guaranteeing us another three-day weekend each summer. But, it was, after all, July 4th when our Declaration of Independence was written 236 years ago; and, here we are, still celebrating that decision to overthrow colonial rule and find our own way in the world as a democratic people. It’s also been 225 years since we drafted the Constitution that governs our federal system.

HUDSON: PARANOIA RUNS DEEP

Just because Dems really are out to get them, GOP-ers don’t have to be so paranoid

Contributing Columnist

For the second time in less than a month, a Republican legislator has expressed their suspicion that Colorado’s leaders are actively colluding with the White House for the express purpose of embarrassing them. It’s enough to make you break out your copy of Richard Hofstader’s famous 1963 essay, The Paranoid Style of American Politics. Of course, Hofstader didn’t argue that this tendency is only a Republican problem. In fact, the propensity for paranoia has proven an equal opportunity political pathology in recent decades.

HUDSON: YOU KNOW, THAT VISION THING...

Convince taxpayers that additional expenditures are in their best interest

Contributing Columnist

When I moved to Colorado forty years ago, it was exciting to know my kids would grow up in one of the youngest states in the nation. Throughout Colorado’s history wave after wave of youthful immigrants, first in pursuit of gold and silver, then personal health, economic opportunity, recreation or an outdoors lifestyle, have propped up our construction industry. At times, this runaway growth has resulted in a pronounced grumpiness towards newcomers. It motivated voter rejection of the 1976 Olympics, and, I suspect, the general distaste for taxes required to underwrite public infrastructure for all these new arrivals.

HUDSON: WHAT’S WRONG WITH LEAVING GOOD ENOUGH ALONE?

Pinnacol’s golden goose: When unintended consequences produce a windfall

Contributing Columnist

It will soon be two years since Channel 7’s Tony Kovaleski ambushed the Executive Director and several of Pinnacol’s Board members at the Pebble Beach resort, living the lush life of the 1% — green fees, spa treatments, luxury suites, first class airfare and gourmet meals.

SMITH: KEEP ME IN YOUR HEART — JOHHNY TAPIA

Boxing is like politics — a form of warfare

Contributing Columnist

“Keep me in your heart,” the man with the battered face said as he hugged me. It was March 6, 2004 and Julie and I were having breakfast in a Mexican restaurant in Las Vegas, New Mexico while en route to Denver. Johnny Tapia had lost a boxing match the night before and was having breakfast with his entourage, preparing to return to Albuquerque. Nervously, I’d asked if I could take his picture. The courtesy with which he treated me was something I will never forget.

HUDSON: HE WAS A MAN WITH A BIG HEART AND GENEROUS SPIRIT

Bledsoe understood the Legislature better than anyone else at the Capitol

Contributing Columnist

Whenever politicians step into mud puddles of their own making, wags are quick to label them as “poster boys or girls” for term limits. Carl “Bev” Bledsoe, to his credit, was a poster boy for the advantages of seniority and lengthy legislative service. There simply aren’t adequate adjectives to characterize his political skills. Bev was a shrewd and wily partisan, to be sure, but he was also ready to craft a compromise when circumstances demanded. His decade as Speaker of the Colorado House earned him respect, if not exactly affection, along both sides of the aisle.

TEEGARDEN: HISTORY OF KANSAS TERRITORY TRULY COMPELLING

Jayhawkers, Border Ruffians, and Bleeding Kansas — quite the adventure

Contributing Columnist

My goal for this column is to interest a few folks who, like me, have previously ignored the compelling adventure that comprises the history of the Kansas Territory.

“Bleeding Kansas” evokes an attention-grabbing mental image, to be sure! So how is it that every time this aspect of our national history has been presented to me, my eyes have glazed over and I’ve drifted off in search of more interesting topics?

HANCOCK: VICTORY IS NOW WITHIN SIGHT

In a country founded on liberty and justice, how could legislature deny civil unions?

GUEST COLUMNIST

I’m very disappointed that the full House was not provided the opportunity to consider the Civil Unions Act as it’s impossible to miss the winds of change sweeping across America and Colorado in recent weeks.

From the White House to our Statehouse, the clarion call to extend basic civil rights to same-sex couples has never been louder.

HUDSON: THE DAY OF RECKONING LIES AHEAD

Republican “liberty” concerns unfortunately don’t seem to extend to actual people

Contributing Columnist

During its Extraordinary Special Session, House Republicans in the Colorado Legislature flubbed the opportunity to demonstrate that their opposition to the jack-booted thuggery of the ‘nanny’ state extends beyond the virtual persons constituted in corporations. Early in the regular session, they were swift to rush to the defense of oil and gas drillers unreasonably required to consult with landowners prior to invading the backyards of Colorado residents.