Guest Columns

HUDSON: MERIT-BASED CIVIL SERVICE ASSURES SMART GOVERNMENT

State bureaucrats once again dodged meaningful analysis of compensation issues

GUEST COLUMNIST

The Hickenlooper administration raised several hundred thousand dollars in order to survey state employees about their jobs. The results are now summarized on the Department of Personnel and Administration’s (DPA) website. It’s a good thing taxpayer dollars weren’t wasted on this effort. The questions read like they were dreamed up at a blissed out, New Age smoke-in. The only interesting response is the 58 percent of state workers who indicate they are seriously considering quitting during the next 12 months.

LAMM: HE'S THE ONLY ‘GOOD GUY’ THEY'V GOT

I’m supporting Obama, but if I were a Republican, Huntsman would be my choice

GUEST COLUMNIST

Jon Huntsman would be my “Non Mitt.”

That is if I were a Republican. And if I lived in New Hampshire. Here’s why:

Though basically too conservative for me, he has a brain, and perhaps more important, the guts to stay independent of the “pack.”

THE WEBBCAST

What the Post’s downsizing really means, and a ‘New York’ moment in local TV

GUEST COLUMNIST

I’m becoming a bit more embarrassed these days when I admit that I still receive a newspaper on my front step, and that I read a large-format “national” newspaper (the Wall Street Journal) at the office every day. And doubtless you’re reading this on conventional newsprint, which is how Statesman subscribers are accustomed to getting their political news. Although I’ll admit I’m downloading the “apps” to my new iPad so I can read both newspapers online.

HUDSON: NUMBERS HIT HOME

‘Going big’ could mean a big budget mess

GUEST COLUMNIST

Rarely do the media, nor do our politicians in Washington, present financial data in a format that actually communicates the jaw-dropping reality of our federal budget mess. It’s proven easier to talk about “going big,” the euphemism du jour for attempting to legislate a fix which reduces budget deficits to zero within fifteen or twenty years. Easier still, was pointing fingers during the Congressional Super Committee’s recent failure to identify $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next dozen years. Lets chart the current fiscal position of every American before proceeding.

STROGOFF: REMEMBRANCES OF A LITTLE WARRIOR

Hank Brown, Tom Tancredo, share their memories of Freda Poundstone

The Colorado Statesman

Freda Poundstone, one of Colorado’s leading and most iconic conservative figures, lost her battle with cancer earlier this month. She was laid to rest in a private family service at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Nov. 11. Earlier that day, an eclectic crowd gathered at the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood to celebrate the storied life of the former lobbyist and mayor of Greenwood Village.

TEEGARDEN: THANKSGIVING, VETERANS DAY, AND GETTYSBURG DAY...

Remembering why all us Turkeys stay on the same crazy bus!

GUEST COLUMNIST

Saturday, November 19, is the 148th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 delivery of the Gettysburg Address. It will likely bring a smile to the face of any admirer of Lincoln to know that the President’s first words to his friend and bodyguard, Ward Lamon, after delivering his brief remarks were, “that speech won’t scour.” Lincoln was utilizing a farmer’s vernacular for plowing untilled soil, and by “won’t scour” he meant that the speech was a dud!

HUDSON: REMEMBRANCES OF A LEGISLATIVE FORCE

Freda Poundstone played her politics as a full contact sport — rugby not badminton

GUEST COLUMNIST

When I was sworn into the Colorado Legislature in January 1979, whether one loved her or feared her, everyone at the State Capitol knew Freda Poundstone. As a Denver Democrat, I arrived abundantly aware that she was particularly reviled for her Poundstone Amendment to the Colorado constitution. She had, nearly single-handedly, applied the brakes to Denver’s long running annexation binges of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Freda’s critics liked to portray her as a bigot, viscerally opposed to the court ordered school busing imposed on Denver’s public schools.

White House stresses gains for Hispanics at local summit

Special to The Colorado Statesman

As the election year draws near, President Obama has been looking west. He recently visited Colorado twice in the period of a month to promote his reelection and push his policies, and during his last trip, unveiled his student loan program.