MILO: MONEY RAISED BY RITTER, LEGISLATURE WON'T GO FAR
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.
HOLDREAD: TROOP TRAINING SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT POLITICS
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.
LUNDBERG: BELIEVING HUMANS CREATE CLIMATE CHANGE DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE
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
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
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.
JACKSON: 24 COLORADO AUTO DEALERSHIPS HAVE CLOSED SINCE JAN. 1, 2008
When it comes to the federal stimulus package, it often has been hard to point to concrete and immediate benefits.
Sometimes it seems to a skeptical public that billions of tax dollars were sucked into a black hole, with nothing to show for their investment.
HILLMAN: DOES EVEN OBAMA BELIEVE IN HIS HEALTH CARE PLAN?
Listening to President Obama explain “his” health care plan, I can’t help but wonder if he actually believes his own words.
KEFALAS: MISINFORMATION SULLIES INSURANCE DEBATE
While the Colorado Legislature is out of session, the battle for health care reform is raging in Washington, D.C. With the House and Senate trying to pass a major reform bill, and with hundreds of insurance, hospital and pharmacy lobbyists filling the halls of Congress, it’s hard to know what the final product will be. Meanwhile, there is a colossal amount of misinformation being thrown at the American people and members of Congress in a high-priced and disingenuous campaign to kill health care reform.
MARTIN: ANTI-DEMOCRATIC, SENSELESS, LAZY AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE
In the ’80s, something troubling happened to American democracy. Politicians convinced us that “government isn’t the solution; government is the problem” — an all-too-conventional wisdom that has had devastating consequences for effective government at all levels in the intervening 20 years.
KING: RITTER FIDDLES WITH ACCOUNTING WHILE ECONOMY BURNS
With each day that passes, Western Slope businesses have more and more reason to be concerned about the economic environment that the Democrats and Gov. Bill Ritter’s administration are leading us into.