Guest Columns

MARKS: HE WAS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO

April 13 brings back fond memories of Apollo astronaut Jack Swigert

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April 13, 1970 — Apollo 13 — “Hey, we’ve got a problem here.”

HUDSON: DRIVING FAST AND SLOW ON I-70

What if this state assembly were held in Summit County in February?

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As my stepson and I were traveling from Denver to Copper Mountain last week for our final ski day of the season, we completed the trip in just under 90 minutes. Lousy snow and good weather conspired to make our journey swift and relatively painless, much like most trips were when I-70 was constructed more than 40 years ago. Since a second tunnel bore enabled four traffic lanes beneath the Continental Divide there have been few changes to the highway.

TEEGARDEN: MORE POLITICAL GAMES AND TRICKERY!

A look back at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 1860

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Well folks, ‘tis the season for Presidential-year Political Conventions!

Ah yes — more political games and trickery! Smoke filled rooms, counterfeit admission tickets, well-heeled East Coast financiers trying to strong arm western voters, organized and paid shouters and cheerleaders, rumor-mongering, threats of party defections, promises of cabinet posts and other patronage in exchange for support, the raising of absurd sums of money for political action, etc, etc.

HUDSON: VOTERS, DON’T BE DUPED

So-called personnel reform is a thoroughly modern solution in search of a problem

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A half-century has elapsed since a long forgotten American Public Information Officer in Viet Nam declared, “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” The sheer lunacy of his remark has survived, however, as the premier example of bureaucratic policy run amuck. Democratic governments, which can only be held accountable in the final analysis by voters, have proven particularly susceptible to the seductions of groupthink enthusiasms. These fevers rarely originate internally, but, rather, they tend to be transmitted as infections germinated by legislators.

TEEGARDEN: FROM THE PAST WE SHALL (HOPEFULLY) LEARN

A reflection on Shiloh and Passover

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The two-day Civil War Battle of Shiloh, sometimes referred to as the “Battle of Pittsburgh Landing,” began in the predawn hours of Sunday, April 6, 1862, when Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston’s army rushed out of the dense woods upon the more or less unsuspecting Union army of General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s troops were, for the most part, just rising from their tents when the attack began.

HAMILL, RITCHIE, SALEM: EARLY LITERACY NECESSARY STEP

An education bill with economic appeal

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SMITH: IN MEMORY OF A TRUE GENTLEMAN

We had a friend in Ted Strickland

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When my first legislative session began in 1973, Ted Strickland was the senior member of our Adams County delegation as well as the only Republican. My House District overlapped with his Senate one and we quickly got to know each other. The link initially was Jean Dubofsky who then represented Colorado Rural Legal Services and subsequently became a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Jean brought a number of legislative issues to our attention including a bill of rights for mobile home tenants and changes to the law regarding civil commitments.

TEEGARDEN: IN TRIBUTE TO THE 2ND DAY OF A SPRING TO REMEMBER IN DENVER

Thank you, John, Pat and Peyton. Oh, and also the genius of the Irsay family

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Last Tuesday afternoon, KOA Radio’s Dave Logan closed an interview with the words, “and that was Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Denver Broncos.”

And, with that hard-to-fathom joyous melody floating in my head on a glorious first day of spring, I fell into a lapse of nostalgia, thinking of then-and-now days of wine and roses for the once and future Bronco Nation.

Spring Fashion 2012

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