SMITH: A LIFE WELL LIVED, IF NOT CUT SHORT
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
I’m not writing here a lofty essay explaining some deep, consequential philosophical divergence from the Green Party of Colorado.
HUDSON: GREAT ENTERTAINMENT AFTER COUNTY ASSEMBLIES
• “Othello” by William Shakespeare and directed by Kent Thompson.
LANDWIRTH: WAVE OF BABY BOOMERS WILL SOON CREST
The approaching wave of baby boomers in Colorado and the expanding ranks of individuals who will be 65 and older has been named the “silver tsunami” for its size and impact. Nowhere will this surge be felt more dramatically than in our state’s health care system. While many have been debating the issues, planning and beginning to make adjustments to our health care delivery system, if we keep tweaking along the edges and don’t make strategic changes, other important public services — schools, prisons, transit and more — are going to be crowded out.
DOTY: A POLITICAL AGENDA AT WORK?
Late last week state Rep. Terrance Carroll (D) proposed legislation at the capitol titled “Modernization of Elections.” I have several comments about this proposed legislation.
HUDSON: MAMA HATED DIESELS; DEARLY DEPARTED
• “Mama Hated Diesels,” by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman. Directed by Randal Myler. Playing at the DCPA Stage Theater through May 9.
• “Dearly Departed,” by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Directed by John Ashton. Playing at the Aurora Fox through April 17.
STULP: HOMEGROWN PRIDE
American agriculture is the envy of the world because of its remarkable productivity. But that productivity brings with it many, often unheralded benefits for American society. Besides the abundant food it produces, Colorado’s farms and ranches add value to our lives in many ways.
DORSCHNER: REMEMBRANCES FROM HER SON 10 YEARS AFTER HER DEATH
It is hard to believe that just over 10 years ago my mother, Sherry Keene-Osborn, passed away. She was 54 years old when she died, and was a contributing editor at The Colorado Statesman. She was known to many as a professional journalist with the utmost integrity and professionalism. What I want to make sure people remember, however, is her personal side.
HILLMAN: HOUSE BILL 1021 IS ILL ADVISED
Legislators talk frequently about the Law of Unintended Consequences but rarely seem to recognize when a bill they support will, if passed, inevitably collide with that law.
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.