Guest Columns

KEFALAS: A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Give thanks for the bright spots as we head into a New Year

Looking ahead to 2011, it makes sense to pause and consider the bright spots in our own lives that we can be thankful for.

WREN: ADVICE TO EVERYONE FROM TEA PARTY MEMBERS TO VETERAN ACTIVISTS

Real recovery after this year’s election begins with these five basic steps

By John Wren
GUEST COLUMNIST

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

HARBER: SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Rallying against negative political ads is a cause we should all heartily support

By Aaron Harber
GUEST COLUMNIST

Waking up on Wednesday, November 3rd — with just 2½ hours of sleep after watching election returns with the Democrats and then the Republicans at their respective Election Night headquarter parties in Denver — I felt something was missing as I turned on the radio and then the television.

HUDSON: LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM BENNET

Colorado’s accidental U.S. Senator ran his campaign this year with purpose

By Miller Hudson
GUEST COLUMNIST

Several years ago one of Denver’s more successful attorneys called me to inquire what I thought her chances would be if she ran for City Council. After assuring her that I was confident she would do a terrific job if she were elected, I asked her the following question, “If you announce your candidacy tomorrow morning, how many people will wake up the day after tomorrow wondering what they can do to help you win?”

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.