Congratulations and condolences to those legislators who have volunteered to serve on the Joint Budget Committee and are now struggling to put together the Long Bill. These days, it must be an excruciating process of cutting and slashing to reach a balanced budget with declining revenues.
TEEGARDEN: A LINK TO THE PAST
I am always on the lookout for Colorado connections to the American Civil War. Last week (Friday, March 25), I was thrilled to receive word, through the Civil War Trust, that Colorado’s very own Ken Salazar, in his role as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announced the acquisition by the National Park Service of a critical 95-acre “in-holding” at Gettysburg Battlefield.
HUDSON: THINKING WE MUST RETURN TO THE PAST IS EVEN SCARIER
In the 16th century the Japanese Shoguns outlawed firearms in favor of Samurai swordsmanship. This prohibition held up for nearly 300 years, until the appearance in Edo harbor of Commodore Matthew Perry’s squadron of heavily armed warships demanding trade privileges for American merchants.
PENRY: I’M SICK OF HEARING ABOUT GILL, STRYKER, CODA, ETC.
Congressman Cory Gardner. Speaker Frank McNulty and Majority Leader Amy Stephens.
Attorney General John Suthers, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, Treasurer Walker Stapleton. Representative Libby Szabo. Senator Ellen Roberts. Congressmen Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton.
TEEGARDEN: FEELIN’ THE BLUES
I was hoping to get a few more Civil War columns into The Colorado Statesman before breaking the news to Jody that I want to double up as a Mississippi Delta/Chicago blues columnist/ critic/commentator.
Our copy of “Waiting for ‘Superman’” arrived last week, and we took Saturday afternoon to become familiar with this “documentary” on the dismal state of American education. I have to admit I didn’t expect much balance, given that filmmaker Davis Guggenheim also was responsible for the faux science in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” But with all the talk I figured something must be up.
TEEGARDEN: A QUIZ ON AMERICAN HISTORY AND CURRENT DAY GEOGRAPHY
With spring break upon us, this week’s Civil War column combines some light-hearted “street sign education” with your weekly dose of 19th Century U.S. history.
HUDSON: ACCESS TO CAPITAL IS STILL THE RALLYING CALL
We are now halfway through the 2011 Legislative session and the budgetary Sword of Damocles continues to float ominously over the witnesses providing testimony to the Joint Budget Committee.
SALAZAR: OUR AG PRODUCERS EMBODY FREEDOM, HONOR & INTEGRITY
Throughout the centuries, the American way of life has stood for freedom, honor, and integrity.
TEEGARDEN: WOMEN MAKE THEIR MARK
Famous heroes are critical to understanding our history because they draw our attention to the important events that enveloped them, and because they stand as representatives of so many other similarly courageous and important individuals whose names we will never know.