Guest Columns

WEBBCAST: REMEMBERING MEDILL BARNES

Straight talk about a straight-shooting guy

The Colorado Statesman

Feisty. Principled. Direct.

I’m looking for the right word to begin a remembrance of Medill McCormick Barnes, who died March 1. The practice of starting with one word to define a column topic was an old device used by the late Gene Amole, who wrote for the Rocky Mountain News.

HUDSON: MEMORIES OF A GOOD MAN

Ted Strickland was a public servant, in the very best sense, and he will be missed

The Colorado Statesman

I learned of Ted Strickland’s passing with genuine regret. He represented a generation of Republican leaders who still believed in the importance of government and the positive role it can and should play in all our lives. Unlike many in the current crop of Republican legislators, who would have Colorado voters believe government is our enemy — that a return to frontier anarchy would constitute a net social improvement, Ted understood that, when properly channeled, government significantly improves the quality of life in Colorado. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a conservative.

HUDSON: !!!URGENT —- DIVINE GUIDANCE ALERT!!!

Contributing Columnist

March 1, 2012
Elysian Fields, Heaven

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Re: Tempering Mercy and Andrew Breitbart

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GUEST COLUMNIST

SMITH: FOND REMEMBRANCES OF A GREAT MAN

Straight talker Medill Barnes dies

Contributing Columnist

"Morgan, I have some bad news.” It was former District Judge Susie Barnes on the phone. I knew immediately what she was going to say. Her husband, Medill Barnes, my friend of some 60 years had died.

HUDSON: LOYALTY VS. CHAOS THEORY

How long can troops remain loyal to a leader who shows little loyalty towards them?

GUEST COLUMNIST

During the Watergate fiasco, one interview stamped itself on my memory. Larry O’Brien was the national chairman of the Democratic Party, and it was his office that was broken into my Richard Nixon’s “plumbers.” O’Brien had a long political career in Massachusetts which concluded with his appointment as the manager for both John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaigns. Johnson had rewarded him with an appointment as U. S. Postmaster General.

HERN: POPULATION 7 BILLION AND COUNTING

Choose between candidates who understand global ecological realities, and those who don’t

GUEST COLUMNIST

The scariest thing about Halloween last year was not the 6-year old goblins running around Boulder neighborhoods, although some of them were pretty scary. It was the fact that October 31 was designated as the official day when the human population reached 7 billion. For many people, this fact doesn’t mean much. But it has an ominous meaning. The human population continues to grow and grow and grow and grow.

HUDSON: SURREAL NATURE OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN HITS HOME

Look at history when comparing successes of Republican and Democratic presidencies

The Colorado Statesman

It’s easy to lose track of how short American history really is in the grander scheme of things. My grandfather was born in 1881 and his father and many of his uncles were Civil War combat veterans. During their childhoods, they, in turn, had met veterans of the American War for Independence. Both these struggles seemed as distant as the Crusades when I was in school. Yet, my grandfather was a very real presence in my life for whom I named my own son. Byron Howard taught me how to play baseball and he continued to play first base himself with an industrial league team in St. Louis well into his 70s.

TEEGARDEN: REMEMBRANCES OF LINCOLN ON THE OCCASION OF HIS BIRTHDAY

One more tough choice under pressure for President Abraham Lincoln

GUEST COLUMNIST

February 7, 1862 was the originally scheduled execution date for Nathaniel Gordon, a convicted trans-Atlantic slave trader. However, Gordon, the scion of a respectable Presbyterian family from Portland, Maine, had good reason to believe that neither his death sentence nor any other severe punishment would actually be carried out.