Guest Columns

HUDSON: A LEGISLATIVE RETROSPECT

Crunch time for Colorado’s baby boomers

The Colorado Statesman

Forty years ago Colorado was experiencing one of its recurrent growth spurts as immigrants flooded into the state from across the nation.

MUNICIPALITIES UNDERSTAND LOCAL INVOLVEMENT

Cities, towns are leading economic recovery

GUEST COLUMNISTS

With all the hoopla about economic stimulus funding from Washington, it may come as a surprise that the government most involved in economic development is located right down the street at city hall. Cities and towns are deeply involved in economic development — supporting the viability and expansion of existing business and encouraging the creation of new business and jobs in their communities.

CERBO: REINVEST IN COLORADO

Economic plan requires safety net for unemployed

GUEST COLUMNIST

To kick off the 2011 legislative session, the Colorado AFL-CIO introduced an agenda to Reinvest in Colorado. We are calling on our elected leaders of both parties to create a new day of opportunity for those on the economic frontlines — the dedicated men and women who are the backbone of society who build and maintain our infrastructure, teach our kids and keep us safe and healthy. Despite the great economic engines of Colorado and America, working families are struggling.

THE WEBBCAST

Who’s bold enough to tackle these ideas?

What’s the plan to deal with the looming shortfalls in the state budget? Surprisingly, the new Governor-elect hasn’t asked for ideas on how to efficiently trim the cost of government.

SMITH: BE BRAVE LIKE A LION

Politics in Mexico, unlike in our country, is a real matter of life and death

I was told to fight and be brave like a lion,” Maria Lopez, the Mayor of Palomas, Mexico says to me. It’s November 11 and we’re in a barren little office in the municipal building in Palomas.

KEFALAS: A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Give thanks for the bright spots as we head into a New Year

Looking ahead to 2011, it makes sense to pause and consider the bright spots in our own lives that we can be thankful for.

WREN: ADVICE TO EVERYONE FROM TEA PARTY MEMBERS TO VETERAN ACTIVISTS

Real recovery after this year’s election begins with these five basic steps

By John Wren
GUEST COLUMNIST

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

HARBER: SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Rallying against negative political ads is a cause we should all heartily support

By Aaron Harber
GUEST COLUMNIST

Waking up on Wednesday, November 3rd — with just 2½ hours of sleep after watching election returns with the Democrats and then the Republicans at their respective Election Night headquarter parties in Denver — I felt something was missing as I turned on the radio and then the television.

HUDSON: LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM BENNET

Colorado’s accidental U.S. Senator ran his campaign this year with purpose

By Miller Hudson
GUEST COLUMNIST

Several years ago one of Denver’s more successful attorneys called me to inquire what I thought her chances would be if she ran for City Council. After assuring her that I was confident she would do a terrific job if she were elected, I asked her the following question, “If you announce your candidacy tomorrow morning, how many people will wake up the day after tomorrow wondering what they can do to help you win?”

HILLMAN: CORY GARDNER SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE NOD

NRA shoots itself in the foot with the endorsement of Markey over Gardner

By Mark Hillman
GUEST COLUMNIST

To anyone who still believes the National Rifle Association cares more about protecting your Second Amendment rights than it does about kissing up to powerful politicians, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.