Guest Columns

LOWE: Here’s how legislators can craft effective medical marijuana legislation

Being a Colorado legislator right now probably is harder than ever as, on top of the usual litany of matters that claim your attention, you’re really up against it with medical marijuana. Amendment 20 requires that you do something. But, you cannot do whatever you want to do. And, whatever you do will conflict with current federal law.

LEVY: HILLMAN OUGHT TO COME CLEAN AS TO WHO HE REPRESENTS

Hillman's column about HB 1168 is filled with inaccurate and inflammatory charges

If Mark Hillman is going to carry the water of the inaptly-named “Civil Justice League” in The Colorado Statesman, he should at least have the honesty to reveal that he is the paid executive director of that organization. Instead, he has submitted a diatribe full of inaccurate and inflammatory charges regarding House Bill 1168 while hiding behind his former position as Republican state senator and treasurer.

MASON: DETERMINED TO SAVE THE SOUL OF THE NATION

We're on our way to restoring dignity to every human person including the pre-born

Across the country, groundswells of Personhood efforts have already altered the focus of the pro-life movement, and over the President’s Day weekend, those efforts were realized.

HUDSON: PLAY SET IN SMALL RURAL COLORADO TOWN

Charm — and problems — of small town America played out in DCPA?production

“Eventide” by Eric Schmiedl, adapted from the novel by Kent Haruf, and directed by Kent Thompson. Playing through Feb. 27 at the DCPA.

HILLMAN: WHO'S THE REAL VILLAIN?

HB 1168 should be really be titled 'The Trial Lawyer Hypocrisy Act of 2010'

If there’s one thing personal injury lawyers are especially good at, it’s exploiting the misfortunes of their clients while devising new ways to line their own pockets.

HUDSON: A SPACEY PLAY

American astronaut, Russian Cosmonaut find connection in DCPA production

“When Tang Met Laika,” by Rogelio Martinez and directed by Terrence J. Nolen. Playing in the Space Theater at the DCPA through February 27.
Tickets: 303-893-4100.

BOIGON: THIS IS A VERY TAXING TOPIC

Medical marijuana should not be used as an economic development tool

More than 400 medical marijuana dispensaries have applied for use permits in Denver, most of them in the last two and a half months. Constituents on all sides of the issue have contacted me: patients depending on marijuana to ease their illnesses, caregivers seeking to provide a service, and deeply concerned residents trying to protect their neighborhoods from crime and their children from harm.

HUDSON: STATE EMPLOYEES DESERVE BETTER

So-called 'PERAsites' are tired of having budget balanced on their backs

For more than two thousand years legislatures have found it necessary to provide pensions to public workers. Otherwise, it would prove nearly impossible to attract qualified workers willing to perform many of the thankless tasks all societies leave to government. Despite the allure of plundering the provinces, the Roman Senate guaranteed enlisting legionnaires a plot of land, a separation bonus to build a farmhouse and a lifetime pension following 25 years of military service.

HILLMAN: ANOTHER LIFELINE TO RESCUE PERA

Workers cannot ignore the cost of PERA

Rescuing the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is nothing new for state lawmakers. Twice in the last decade, legislators have thrown PERA a lifeline, forcing the state, school districts, local governments and finally even workers to chip in hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the plan afloat.

HAMMER: WE MUST INSURE ALL CHILDREN

Colo. kids can’t wait; the opportunity is now

When we provide health coverage for kids, we give them the opportunity to grow into healthy adults who live, work and thrive in every Colorado community.