TANCREDO: COLORADO'S 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
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
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?
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
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
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
By Morgan Smith
“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.