Our copy of “Waiting for ‘Superman’” arrived last week, and we took Saturday afternoon to become familiar with this “documentary” on the dismal state of American education. I have to admit I didn’t expect much balance, given that filmmaker Davis Guggenheim also was responsible for the faux science in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” But with all the talk I figured something must be up.
TEEGARDEN: A QUIZ ON AMERICAN HISTORY AND CURRENT DAY GEOGRAPHY
With spring break upon us, this week’s Civil War column combines some light-hearted “street sign education” with your weekly dose of 19th Century U.S. history.
HUDSON: ACCESS TO CAPITAL IS STILL THE RALLYING CALL
We are now halfway through the 2011 Legislative session and the budgetary Sword of Damocles continues to float ominously over the witnesses providing testimony to the Joint Budget Committee.
SALAZAR: OUR AG PRODUCERS EMBODY FREEDOM, HONOR & INTEGRITY
Throughout the centuries, the American way of life has stood for freedom, honor, and integrity.
TEEGARDEN: WOMEN MAKE THEIR MARK
Famous heroes are critical to understanding our history because they draw our attention to the important events that enveloped them, and because they stand as representatives of so many other similarly courageous and important individuals whose names we will never know.
PENRY: REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ARE NOT ALONE
The media likes bold images, big conflict and simple story lines, so it’s not a surprise that the panoramic mob of angry Davis-Bacon Cheeseheads squaring off against an arch conservative Governor has the rapt attention of the media. In truth, the Madison Moment was a breaking point in our politics that deserves the breadth of coverage that it has earned.
TEEGARDEN: 150 YEARS AGO.
This week’s edition of The Colorado Statesman is dated March 4, 2011. 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as our 16th President. 146 years ago, on March 4, 1865, he was inaugurated for a second term.
TEEGARDEN: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
[Warning: Generally, it’s my intention to link key political and public policy questions of the Civil War era with those of today. However, I want to make clear that I do not consider Abraham Lincoln’s arrest and detention of members of the Maryland Legislature as appropriate precedent for how Colorado’s governors deal with the Joint Budget Committee and the Long Bill.]
HUDSON: Budget cutting is a messy job
One of Johnny Carson’s funniest skits was his recurring appearance as Carnac, the Magnificent! He would stroll to his desk wearing a feathered turban and silk cape where he would use his “psychic powers” to discern the answers for questions placed in sealed envelopes provided by Ed McMahon.
TEEGARDEN: SEVEN SCORE AND 10 YEARS AGO…
2011 marks the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial, if you prefer) of the American Civil War. Stated another way, seven score and 10 years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a severely fractured nation, poised to erupt into a four-year-long cataclysm of fratricidal carnage, suffering and near despair.