Guest Columns

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.

DAVOREN: ROLE OF UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CANNOT BE DISCOUNTED

Phil Goodstein’s history of South Denver elicits memories of many political figures

Phil Goodstein. The Ghosts of University Park, Platt Park, and Beyond. Denver: New Social
Publications, 2010. vi + 306 pp. ISBN 0-9742264-5-9. $19.95. maps, illustrations, index.

Lessons from '08 will keep us on top in '10

By Pat Waak
CHAIR, COLORADO DEMOCRATIC PARTY

In the midst of the 2010 campaign season, it is good to reflect on what we learned in 2008. Unprecedented in the history of Colorado, we mounted one of the largest coordinated campaigns that brought out not only a coalition of voters on behalf of Democrats, but also 432,000 first-time voters.

Dems see hopes for West dim in Colorado

By Dick Wadhams
CHAIR, COLORADO REPUBLICANS

This headline is not mine. It appeared on the front page of the New York Times on Sunday, May 9, 2010. But this wasn’t the first news story in the last several months to chronicle Colorado voters rejecting the failed agenda of Barack Obama, Bill Ritter, John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet:

SMITH: A LIFE WELL LIVED, IF NOT CUT SHORT

Chips may have fallen, but Denver’s water chief will be forever etched in our memories

Chips Barry, this special man, kind, caring, committed to his work and family, never one to push for accolades although he well deserved them for his many years of service to Colorado and Denver. It seems so unfair that this terrible accident would happen just as he was settling in to his new challenges as a farmer. Yet, when I think of him, what I think of most of all is laughter. There was never a time with Chips when he wasn’t making you laugh.

CHANDLER: I'VE GOT AN INDEPENDENT STREAK NOW

A little blue about leaving the Green Party

I’m not writing here a lofty essay explaining some deep, consequential philosophical divergence from the Green Party of Colorado.