Guest Columns

HILLMAN: CORY GARDNER SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE NOD

NRA shoots itself in the foot with the endorsement of Markey over Gardner

By Mark Hillman
GUEST COLUMNIST

To anyone who still believes the National Rifle Association cares more about protecting your Second Amendment rights than it does about kissing up to powerful politicians, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.

KOGOVSEK: GOOD WORK, FRANK. THANK YOU

Evans was both a gentleman and a gentle man

By Ray Kogovsek
GUEST COLUMNIST

In the current era of divisive and downright nasty politics, it’s a pleasure and a delightful reminiscence to think of Frank E. Evans, Third Congressional District representative for 14 years.

SMITH: TILLIE'S A MODEL OF FAIRNESS AND DECENCY

‘Tillie’ Bishop: A true statesman for the ages

By Morgan Smith
GUEST COLUMNIST

“We had our arguments but then we were always able to put our arms around each other and move on.” — Tillman “Tillie” Bishop, Sept. 10, 2010

BAILEY: FIGHTING OR ENABLING CORRUPTION?

The ‘Fight Washington Corruption’ pledge will increase corruption if enacted

By Stephen Bailey
GUEST COLUMNIST

MoveOn.org’s “Fight Washington Corruption” pledge will enable that which it purports to fight. Not only does it fail to attack the source of corruption, the planks of the pledge, if enacted, will increase the opportunities and incentives to corrupt. To understand why, we need to explore the planks of the pledge.

HORNADAY: POLITICS AS USUAL

Where is the Right when it comes to making national security an issue?

By Alexander Hornaday
GUEST COLUMNIST

I am absolutely disgusted. I am disgusted that my country is run by an administration content, even eager, to play politics instead of address the real issues of the day. I am, however, even more disgusted, and not a little bit betrayed, that I belong to a counter–movement happy to do the same thing. 

Scott McInnis — this year’s Bob Beauprez?

By Aaron Harber
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

This political season certainly is different than any in recent memory, although some similarities come to mind. One comparison can be made between (1) the severe wounding of the Scott McInnis campaign and (2) the fatal implosion of the Bob Beauprez campaign when the candidate made a series of bad decisions which ultimate culminated in the election of then relatively unknown Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter as Governor.

HILLMAN: FOURTH OF JULY INSPIRATION

On the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, remember its true meaning

By Mark Hillman

As we observe the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we should consider the unique form of government for which our Founding Fathers chose to risk “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” against the militarily-superior British.

CML: MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS CONCERNED ABOUT 60, 61, 101

Passage of ballot questions would endanger financial health of cities and towns

A session focusing on the municipal finance impacts of the statewide ballot initiatives that will be before Colorado voters in November took place during the Colorado Municipal League’s (CML) annual conference in June.

These three ballot questions place cities and towns at a financial crossroads. Proposition 101, Amendment 60, and Amendment 61 combine to slash municipal tax and fee revenue and impose restraints that will make financing of public facilities difficult and expensive.

HASAN: SENATE CANDIDATE NORTON APPEARS SENSELESS OR RACIST

Norton says she hasn’t forgotten 911 attacks — so she favors war on Islam?

Nothing has hurt the GOP more than Republican candidates who appear senseless or racist — Jane Norton, candidate for the U.S. Senate, has managed to appear as both.

SMITH: REMEMBRANCES OF ANOTHER TRAGIC OIL SPILL

Volunteers may have to help with oil spill

Looking at the coverage of the Gulf oil spill makes me think back to November 13, 2002 when the hull of the oil tanker, Prestige, cracked off the northwestern coast of Spain.