Guest Columns

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.

JACKSON: 24 COLORADO AUTO DEALERSHIPS HAVE CLOSED SINCE JAN. 1, 2008

Cash for clunkers: A program that works

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?

Recall how well ‘Read my lips’ worked out?

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

This we know: Our current health care system is unsustainable

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.