Guest Columns

DUNCAN: GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BALLOT AND VOTE ?YES?

Ref. O would return control to citizens

This time of every even-numbered year is a veritable feast for political writers. National elections, state elections, county elections, and ballot issues abound. It’s political nirvana.

We readers of The Colorado Statesman all see more political writing than we can possibly absorb. Every writer has opinions, and each writes about and talks about them ad infinitum.

MORRISON: STATE INSURANCE REGULATION PROVIDES PROTECTION

State regulators ‘got it right’ on AIG crisis

While evaluation and finger-pointing continues in the financial crisis of investment conglomerate American International Group (AIG), one fact emerges as certain: The states regulating AIG’s insurance subsidiaries can — and should — take credit for preventing a run on insurance company assets by AIG that could have affected the ability to fully pay claims presented by policyholders.

TANCREDO: COLORADO'S CRIMINAL ALIENS, PART 2

Why are we failing to deport criminal aliens?

Colorado has a serious problem with thousands of illegal aliens who cycle through our jail system and encounter local law enforcement in traffic stops but are seldom referred to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) for possible deportation.

TANCREDO: COLORADO'S CRIMINAL ALIENS

Are we deporting enough criminal aliens?

Three recent deaths in Aurora have focused the spotlight of public controversy on the huge gaps in immigration-related law enforcement. The victims’ families and the citizens of Colorado want to know why Francis Hernandez, the unlicensed driver and illegal alien who has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, was still on the streets after 16 arrests in the Denver metro region since 2003.

DUNCAN: MY HEART IS SOARING

Tired butt, warm heart, and pride for my hometown

My legs, feet and butt are very tired. My heart is soaring because of an inspiring speech and the promise of the renewal of the American spirit. And I have never been so very proud of my hometown, Denver, Colorado.

LINKHART: DEMONSTRATORS ARE NOT THE ENEMY

No sh--! Radical activists are p---ed at intimations of poopy shenanigans

The sh-- is finally hitting the fan at City Hall, as Democratic National Convention planners prepare for protests through various protection mechanisms. The latest ordinance presented and adopted by City Council makes sure that protesters don’t use containers of human waste or other noxious liquids to stop police or disrupt the convention.

CISNEROS: IS OBAMA TALKING DOWN TO BROWN?

Only McCain has put his political career on the line to support Hispanic immigration

It’s not often I quote Jesse Jackson. But after listening to Barack Obama’s speech to La Raza on July 13, I finally understood what Jackson was saying. This time, however, Obama was not speaking “down to black people.” Instead, he was speaking down to brown people — to the Hispanic community.

LINKHART: MUNICIPAL LEAGUE CONTEST GETS KIDS THINKING

Young Colorado teens share their insights on what they would do if they were mayors

Let’s invite kids to town council meetings because they are an important part of the community. Or we could hold a council meeting just for kids so they could voice their opinions about what they think our town needs. They would be free to give suggestions for improvement. Then they could learn if what they want is practical and affordable.

Sounds like something a mayor or town manager may have said, right?

CHILDEARS: HARD DATA SHOW STRONG BANKS

Want a safe place for your money? Try the institution you can bank on

Powerful photojournalism or a dramatic headline can influence our perceptions in ways that don’t exactly mirror reality.

The reality is that the commercial banking industry is strong, solid and vibrant. It has the tools, oversight and experience to weather the economic turbulence.

SMITH: REMEMBERING A GREAT LEGISLATOR AND FRIEND

Jim Kadlecek brought energy, ideas, productivity, fun to Joint Budget Committee

By Morgan Smith
GUEST COLUMNIST

“Keep an eye on that Kadlecek kid. He does his homework and he’d be a damned good budget committee member.”

— Sen. Joe Shoemaker, R-Denver, commenting to Sen. Ruth Stockton, R-Jefferson County, during the 1974 legislative session.