Guest Columns

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.

HILLMAN: WE CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER 'BUSINESS-FRIENDLY' DEM

Being nice guy doesn’t qualify one to be guv

After all the Hickenhoopla dies down, Colorado voters may experience a sick feeling of déjà vu as the Denver mayor and Democrat candidate for governor claims that he’s “business friendly.”

LEVINE: A SMALL BUSINESSMAN'S VIEW OF JOBS

Want to create more jobs? No new taxes!

These days, it seems that every elected official, regardless of party affiliation, talks about the need for jobs. Some in passing and some at length, but, either way, it’s jobs, jobs, jobs. And, after all, who could argue with that? Unfortunately, not everyone fully understands what it takes to create jobs.

PENNY: NINE OUT OF 10 CITIES INVEST IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Colorado hometowns rolling up sleeves

Solutions to our problems are often found right at home — and the current recession is a good example. I’m heartened to see that Colorado’s hometowns have rolled up their sleeves and are working hard to improve our state’s economy. That means jobs for our residents and investment in our communities.

BENSON: BIPARTISAN BILL AIMS TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY

Multifaceted legislative effort offers hope for more stability in higher education

Colorado’s higher education community looks to the start of the 2010 session of the General Assembly with a mixture of trepidation and hope.

KERSGAARD: KIDS NEED TO SEE COLLEGE AS A POSSIBILITY

Free tuition could fuel dreams for students

Higher education funding in Colorado is problematic. We all know that.

HILLMAN: UNITY FOR CENTRIST CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES

National Freedom Initiative offers common ground for social, political right

Conservatives and Libertarians fight about social issues so routinely that we assume their differences are insurmountable. Most everyone on the center-right is dubious of big government, but when it comes to protecting the unborn or preserving the traditional definition of marriage, we are divided as to government’s proper role.

KERSGAARD: HAPPY TO FIND A NEW HOME IN A NEWSROOM

Statesman job feels good from the get-go

It’s good to be here. I just walked in the door, but I feel like I belong, like I have always belonged. It’s not often a life change feels so good from the get-go.

SMITH: WHY WAS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SO SLOW?

Hondurans use their weapon, the vote

"Our weapon is the vote,” a man named Randolfo tells me.

We are standing outside a school called La Vida Abundante in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It is Sunday, Nov. 29, Election Day, and this is one of the polling places.

NICHOLS: A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR COLORADO

Health care reform in Colorado is the right prescription for the economy

Coloradans cannot turn on the television without coming face to face with the health care reform debate in Washington. But with so many conflicting messages from different interest groups, it is hard to know what to believe.