Guest Columns

PENRY: REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ARE NOT ALONE

What the Big Apple tells us about the Big Cheese — and what it says about unions

The media likes bold images, big conflict and simple story lines, so it’s not a surprise that the panoramic mob of angry Davis-Bacon Cheeseheads squaring off against an arch conservative Governor has the rapt attention of the media. In truth, the Madison Moment was a breaking point in our politics that deserves the breadth of coverage that it has earned.

TEEGARDEN: 150 YEARS AGO.

Lincoln’s Inaugural addresses spearheaded our journey towards equality and freedom

This week’s edition of The Colorado Statesman is dated March 4, 2011. 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as our 16th President. 146 years ago, on March 4, 1865, he was inaugurated for a second term.

TEEGARDEN: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

President Lincoln maintained early resolve to preserve the Union in the face of chaos

[Warning: Generally, it’s my intention to link key political and public policy questions of the Civil War era with those of today. However, I want to make clear that I do not consider Abraham Lincoln’s arrest and detention of members of the Maryland Legislature as appropriate precedent for how Colorado’s governors deal with the Joint Budget Committee and the Long Bill.]

HUDSON: Budget cutting is a messy job

Get ready, the real ox-goring is set to begin

One of Johnny Carson’s funniest skits was his recurring appearance as Carnac, the Magnificent! He would stroll to his desk wearing a feathered turban and silk cape where he would use his “psychic powers” to discern the answers for questions placed in sealed envelopes provided by Ed McMahon.

TEEGARDEN: SEVEN SCORE AND 10 YEARS AGO…

To the history books: Sesquicentennial is here!

2011 marks the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial, if you prefer) of the American Civil War. Stated another way, seven score and 10 years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a severely fractured nation, poised to erupt into a four-year-long cataclysm of fratricidal carnage, suffering and near despair.

MARTIN:?WE ARE WITNESSING DEATH OF REPORTING IN THIS COUNTRY

Closing of CU J-School is blow to freedom of the press

One of the unintended consequences of the closing of the school of journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder is yet another blow to our commitment to “freedom of the press” enumerated in the first amendment of the US Constitution.

GALLAGHER: TAKE A SEAT, BUT NOT ANY SEAT

Where legislators sit in the chambers is a lot about politics

At the invitation of Anne O’Donnell, former volunteer in the office of Senator Claire Traylor, R-Wheat Ridge, with whom I served when in our Senate, I recently took a group of volunteers on a tour of our state Capitol. The volunteers were from Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science, the brander’s new name for what I still call the Natural History Museum. Anne volunteers there as well.

THE WEBBCAST: LEGISLATORS NEED TO COME TO GRIPS WITH ‘AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN’

Wasting their time and our money at the Capitol — a legislative prerogative?

With the heady issues facing the state — our revenue stream and budget being foremost — you have to wonder what’s on the mind of some lawmakers when they introduce proposed legislation that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of passage.

MUNICIPALITIES UNDERSTAND LOCAL INVOLVEMENT

Cities, towns are leading economic recovery

GUEST COLUMNISTS

With all the hoopla about economic stimulus funding from Washington, it may come as a surprise that the government most involved in economic development is located right down the street at city hall. Cities and towns are deeply involved in economic development — supporting the viability and expansion of existing business and encouraging the creation of new business and jobs in their communities.

CERBO: REINVEST IN COLORADO

Economic plan requires safety net for unemployed

GUEST COLUMNIST

To kick off the 2011 legislative session, the Colorado AFL-CIO introduced an agenda to Reinvest in Colorado. We are calling on our elected leaders of both parties to create a new day of opportunity for those on the economic frontlines — the dedicated men and women who are the backbone of society who build and maintain our infrastructure, teach our kids and keep us safe and healthy. Despite the great economic engines of Colorado and America, working families are struggling.