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.
HOLDEN: ALL COLORADANS SHOULD READ THEIR STATE AND U.S. CONSTITUTIONS
The term “useful idiots” supposedly was coined by Soviet dictator Vladimir Ilyich Lenin to describe Western intellectual idealists persuaded to adopt communism.
According to usefulidiots.com, useful idiots are the voting segment that “allows itself to fall for the same old word games and mind manipulation.”
ARENALES: A CASE FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM
You can’t open a newspaper, turn on the TV or read a political blog without getting a blow-by-blow account of the debate about health care reform going on right now in Washington. That’s good. We need change.
CLARK, ISENBERG, KORTZ: RULING REINSTATES FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
Recently, a Denver District judge issued a preliminary injunction finding Amendment 54 — which restricts political speech by tens of thousands of Coloradans — unconstitutional. The order came in response to a group of plaintiffs who represent Colorado businesses, organized labor, nonprofits and such notable community leaders as Dan Ritchie, who said the new law was overly broad and vague and that it violated the rights of free speech and association guaranteed under the First Amendment.
MARTIN: HEALTH CARE SHOULD REFLECT REAL AMERICAN VALUES
Years ago, my brother was diagnosed with cancer. He was lucky enough, through aggressive therapy, to put the disease into what appears to be a permanent remission. But after beating back his disease, he was faced with the challenge of trying to beat an insurance company into covering him with his “pre-existing condition.”
MARTIN: IT'S A 'NEW' GENERATION'S TURN
As we approach this Fourth of July holiday, I once again remember the book by former NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw, “The Greatest Generation.”
I have to ask myself when did the word greatest become greediest. Some time, I guess, since the early 1950s, when I was born. The robber barons of the early 1900s now look like saints.
SMITH: CROSSING THE MEXICAN BORDER
Palomas, Mexico — “You better wear your bulletproof vest,” Arlin says when I tell him that I’m going to cross the border to Palomas, Mexico. It’s 8:30 a.m., and we’re sitting in the Patio Café in Columbus, New Mexico, the tiny town that Pancho Villa raided on March 9, 1916. Arlin and his wife live in the Columbus area and are describing their concerns about what’s happening here along the border. Drug traffickers buying houses on the U.S. side. A recent shootout in which they claim an AK-47 was used. A small local police department in turmoil with the mayor having fired six police chiefs in the past two years.
HERN: MY FRIEND IS GONE
Editor’s Note: Dr. Warren Hern delivered the following address at Temple Emmanuel in Denver on June 11 at the invitation of Rabbi Steven Foster, Betty Serotta and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
George Tiller, my friend and medical colleague for over 30 years, is dead of an assassin’s bullet. George was shot at point-blank range with a handgun in the foyer of his Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. He was acting as an usher for the congregation at the time. The church service had started, his wife was in the choir, and George was welcoming his fellow worshipers to the service.
The last time I was in that church with George was at his daughter’s wedding.
MARTIN: IMAGINE THE PENTAGON PAPERS ON TWITTER
One of the unintended consequences of the closing of 1,900 or so Chrysler and GM dealerships is yet another blow to the newspaper industry. Car dealers have always bought lots of ad space, and those dollars pay for reporters who cover city councils as well as county, state and federal governments — and do their best to keep them honest.
JULANDER: COMPLEX FORMULAS PRONE TO PORK
Colorado’s city of Boulder was the first municipality in the nation to levy a so-called carbon tax for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to address climate change. Now the rest of the nation needs to follow its example.