Guest Columns

MARES: COLORADO STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO

Updating Colorado’s civil commitment laws is an important, and long overdue, step

The Colorado Statesman

One of the many valuable things about an organization as long-lived and venerable as Mental Health America of Colorado is the historical and often personal context we bring to discussions on a wide range of issues. Our perspective is not just a sterile record of laws and budgets, but the living history of people who have worked together for 60 years to transform our state for the better.

GIBSON: IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE

Hancock’s administration is sadly lacking

Contributing Columnist

Editor’s Note: This column has been updated to correct inaccuracies in the first version that ran.

On the morning of Friday, Nov. 8, former Denver City Councilwoman Susan Barnes-Gelt, who writes a monthly opinion column for The Denver Post, braved a chilly, early morning start to address the Downtown Democratic Forum. A major player in city affairs for more than three decades, serving in the Peña administration and as an at-large City Council member from 1995-2003, Barnes-Gelt offered her assessment of Mayor Michael Hancock’s performance at the halfway mark of his first term.

KING: SPECTER OF A CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE IS REAL

“The Wildfire Games” needs a different ending

The Colorado Statesman

My friends and family who have enjoyed the hit movie “The Hunger Games” have no idea how close that fiction is to reality every wildfire season here in Colorado. In the federal version of the movie, “The Wildfire Games,” our communities are thrust into the same deadly contest every year, and left with the barest resources to save their homes from burning to the ground.

HARBER: VOTERS REJECT MASSIVE TAX HIKE

Lessons from the failure of Amendment 66

The Colorado Statesman

In a stunning electoral defeat, Amendment 66 — representing a much-needed re-writing of the byzantine School Finance Act — went down in flames despite seeming to have everything on its side.

HUDSON: BUT NOT FOR EVERYONE

An exit strategy for Colorado’s entrepreneurs

John Cassidy speculated recently in his New Yorker blog that America’s dysfunctional politics might be entwined with our dysfunctional economics. With one third of Americans struggling to pay their bills and the remainder of the middle class experiencing an inexorable evaporation of their discretionary income, there is much to be unhappy about. By contrast, in an economy that seems to be working well, Momma Merkel was just elected to her third term as Chancellor of all the Germans.

HUDSON: A CONTINUING SAGA

The Denver Post competes for readers directly with the National Enquirer

The banner headline, “Saudi Accused in hit plan,” splashed across page one of Friday’s Denver Post may have caught your attention. Holy cow, was there finally evidence that Homaidan al-Turki, the Colorado inmate recently transferred into the federal prison system for fuzzy reasons, was actually guilty of ordering the assassination of Corrections Chief Tom Clements? No, it wasn’t that. If you were curious enough to work your way to paragraph 14 on page 9, you would discover that al-Turki was accused six years ago by a mentally ill prisoner of threatening to kill him.

MARES: OUR VISION FOR A HEALTHIER COLORADO IS POSSIBLE

60 years of partnering for mental health in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

In 1953 a diverse group of concerned Coloradans, among them a Denver city attorney, a Greeley professor and a Pueblo psychiatrist, banded together to change their state for the better. These men and women were the parents and siblings of people who were forced into the shadows of society because they had been diagnosed with mental health disorders.

EWEGEN: A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN OUR CONSTITUTIONS

Nobody celebrates “The Miracle of Moscow”

The Colorado Statesman

Americans who observed Constitution Day on Sept. 17 may have stopped to contemplate “the Miracle of Philadelphia” — the convention that produced the world’s oldest continuous blueprint for ordered liberty known as the U.S. Constitution.

TOLTZ: PUBLIC SAFETY AND LIVES ARE AT STAKE

Question: Will we let bullies with guns intimidate us into acquiescence or silence?

The Colorado Statesman

What will Coloradans do now? On this appropriately gray, rainy day political leaders and public safety citizen activists are pondering what to do in the wake of last week’s recalls of two Democratic state senators, solely due to their votes to make Colorado safer from gun violence. Will bullies with guns intimidate us into acquiescence or silence? Will Democratic state legislators back away from the gun safety bills they passed just a few months ago? These are the political questions, but public safety and lives are at stake with the answers.

TEEGARDEN: LESSONS FROM OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Constitution, birth defects, of course, notwithstanding

The Colorado Statesman

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Constitution. James Madison wrote it, John Marshall interpreted it, Roger Taney and Jefferson Davis tried to destroy it, and Abraham Lincoln not only saved, but also redeemed it.

Brilliant document though it was when adopted by the Constitutional Convention 226 years ago, the U. S. Constitution was originally infected with the deadly virus of slavery. By all logic, neither the document nor the democratic government it established had any chance of surviving to adulthood.