Guest Columns

MARTIN: EARLY ENCOURAGEMENT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Let’s help good people run for, stay in office

In towns and counties all over Colorado, we’re seeing candidates emerge for local posts: city councils, county commissions, school boards and all the other offices that represent our most direct form of democracy. In these days of complicated issues and stark budgets, we need the best possible minds solving our collective problems.

HUDSON: 'VOYSEY INHERITANCE' GOT IT RIGHT IN 1905

DCPA production of Mamet adaptation examines early Madoff-style swindle

By Miller Hudson
GUEST COLUMNIST

“The Voysey Inheritance,” by Harley Granville-Barker in a new adaptation by David Mamet. Directed by Bruce K. Sevy, and playing in the Space Theatre at the DCPA through Oct. 24.

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!”

CHILDEARS: LET BANKS DO THEIR JOBS

Consumers can’t get the loans they need

Economic recovery begins with responsible access to credit. Banks know that businesses and consumers need credit, and that they aren’t always getting the credit they need. That leaves many asking, “Why?”

Here’s why.

SMITH: ZELAYA TRIED TO SEIZE POWER ILLEGALLY

We don’t see the true situation in Honduras

Mel’s back. Yes, the ousted president of Honduras has somehow snuck back into his country and is now holed up in the Brazilian Embassy, from which he is once again stirring up his supporters.

UDALL: EVIDENCE OF HUMAN IMPACT ON CLIMATE UNDENIABLE

Rep. Lundberg, wise up: Climate change is real and impacting our national parks

In a recent column in The Colorado Statesman, state Rep. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, took issue with Sen. John McCain and me regarding the Senate National Parks Subcommittee field hearing that we held in Estes Park on the impacts of climate change on our national parks.

HOLDREAD: TROOP TRAINING SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT POLITICS

Josh Penry (almost) gets it on Piñon Canyon; Scott McInnis, not at all

The subject of the Piñon Canyon expansion has become a wedge issue in the Republican primary battle for the gubernatorial nomination, with former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis posturing as the champion of pro-expansion defense contractors and military interests in Colorado Springs, and Colorado Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry taking up the more traditional Republican mantle as the supporter of individual property rights.

MILO: MONEY RAISED BY RITTER, LEGISLATURE WON'T GO FAR

Thankfully, some chose to lead — FASTER

Coloradans own a conservatively estimated $500 million per year unfunded liability on public bridge, highway, interchange and tunnel infrastructure. That’s a staggering sum in any single year, and the cumulative effect year after year undermines road safety and our state’s economic recovery. That Colorado’s people, families, businesses and leaders continue accumulating a $500 million annual deferred maintenance debt is unsustainable.

LUNDBERG: BELIEVING HUMANS CREATE CLIMATE CHANGE DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE

McCain, Udall agree, but they’re still wrong

The hearing Sen. Mark Udall and Sen. John McCain conducted in Estes Park concerning climate change, Rocky Mountain National Park, and our other national parks was reported by some as a “proof” for global warming.

CHAPUT: ACT NOW TO ENSURE HEALTH CARE REFORM RESPECTS SANCTITY OF LIFE

Guard against a stealth mandate for abortion

For months now, Congress and the White House have talked about the need for Americans to seek “common ground” on the issues that face us. This is a very welcome theme.

DUNCAN: CHANGE VACANCY LAWS AND END TERM LIMITS

Here’s a novel idea: Let the voters choose

There has been quite a bit of discussion lately about the number of legislators in Colorado who are originally appointed to office by vacancy committees, then stay around to run for the office to which they were appointed, and then stay around for the next election. This puts anyone else who wants to run at a disadvantage. The result is that the members of the vacancy committees virtually choose the successors themselves.