Guest Columns

MARTIN: HEALTH CARE SHOULD REFLECT REAL AMERICAN VALUES

We’ll pay now or later, so let’s pay now

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.”

CLARK, ISENBERG, KORTZ: RULING REINSTATES FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Judge in business-labor coalition lawsuit rules Amendment 54 is unconstitutional

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: IT'S A 'NEW' GENERATION'S TURN

The 'Greatest Generation' must live on in us

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

Drug traffickers may be waiting out troops

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

Dr. George Tiller’s political assassination is result of rabid anti-abortion harassment

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

By silencing reporters, crisis in journalism poses threat to democracy at every level

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.

HILLMAN: COULD $13 MILLION TO OBAMA FROM UAW TIP SCALES?

Obama Motors is taking the nation for a ride

President Barack Obama claims to “have no interest” in running General Motors. He does so with a straight face — and the same monotonous cadence that he employs whether condemning North Korea for nuclear explosions or joking with Jay Leno. But his actions, as well as his words, betray him.

JULANDER: COMPLEX FORMULAS PRONE TO PORK

Carbon tax could reduce greenhouse gas now

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.

SMITH: LEGISLATIVE VETERANS WELCOME JOE SHOEMAKER'S NEW BRIDE

Shoemaker pulls another stunner

Morgan. I want you to come to Denver for a wedding on May 16.”

I immediately recognize Joe Shoemaker’s raspy voice.

“Whose wedding?” I ask.

“Mine.”

DURAN: PROMISES MADE, PROMISES BROKEN

Ritter is no friend of Colorado workers

As a fifth-generation Coloradan and someone who saw promise in citizen Bill Ritter when I attended law school with him, I can tell you that today is a sad day in Colorado history. Gov. Bill Ritter has proven he cannot be trusted.