Guest Columns

Suthers sits atop Colorado Springs mayoral race

Special to The Colorado Statesman

COLORADO SPRINGS – The burning question surrounding the Colorado Springs mayoral race isn’t whether John Suthers will win. It’s whether he can garner the votes needed to avoid a post-election run-off.

Even Suthers agrees that’s probably not going to happen. Given a packed field of six contenders plus a write-in candidate, it’s unlikely anyone will come away with a majority on April 7. If no candidate tops 50 percent, then the two leading vote-getters will square for a May 19 run-off election.

Police chokehold in Colorado must be stopped

“I can’t breathe.”

In 2014, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African American man, spoke these now well-known words with his final breaths as New York City police officers apprehended him with a chokehold for selling single cigarettes. This came after Garner was breaking up a fight on the street before officers were able to arrive.

The officers were not held responsible for his death.

Children’s tears being counted by water experts?

A water expert opposed a bill allowing rain barrels testifying that he accounted for every molecule of water in the South Platte Basin.

I was quite stunned. With these deity-like powers, we could have saved taxpayers money and time by forgoing the hassle of drafting and passing HB12-1278 and paying the Colorado Water Institute to study high groundwater areas blooming along the South Platte which are ravaging private property and destroying farmland with salinization.

Direct to Tokyo is good for Denver

For decades, securing a nonstop flight to Asia — Tokyo, specifically — was one of Denver’s top priorities. It was under the leadership of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock that the vision finally became a reality on June 10, 2013, with the inaugural nonstop flight from the Mile High City to Tokyo-Narita International Airport. This summer marks the second full year of United Airlines’ daily nonstop service between the airline’s hubs in Denver and Tokyo — and there’s much to be excited about.

Courage and leadership vital when political passing of the buck is commonplace


During the past decade, the assault on our liberties in Colorado — fueled by liberal Democrats pouring millions into our state elections — was made possible by a lack of leadership. Many weak, so-called Republicans who have retreated from battle time and time again due to self-preservation have maintained their positions at the expense of liberty and freedom for future generations.

As Colorado ages, reliable funding for AAAs a must

Colorado is growing older. One in four Coloradans will be over the age of 60 by the year 2035. That is only 20 years from now. The aging of the Baby Boomers and the Millennials, combined with advances in science and health care, will allow us to live longer, more fulfilled lives. This unprecedented demographic shift causes several challenges for Colorado. As leaders, we must make preparations to ensure our older residents thrive. We must plan and invest wisely. Our seniors deserve nothing less.

Pay Equity Commission holds key to a strong, vibrant middle class

As Speaker Hullinghorst outlined in her opening address, growing Colorado’s middle class is the top priority of Colorado General Assembly Democrats. Part of our commitment to the middle class means making sure that Colorado’s women, who make up half the state’s workforce, are earning what they deserve so they can do what middle class workers do: provide for their families, send their kids to college and save for the future.

Colo. Pay Equity Commission Deserves Quiet Demise

The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee last month voted to terminate the Colorado Pay Equity Commission, which was established in 2010 but needs an affirmative vote of confidence by the general assembly to avoid statutory “sunset” termination on July 1. Here’s why we think this dysfunctional, unnecessary, do-nothing board should be allowed to disband when its term expires this summer.

Read all the bills and vote with your gut


Apparently this legislator has a “reputation” for a few things around the Capitol (some we can’t mention), that apparently has made me unapproachable in some Capitol circles. One of the reputations I allegedly have is for voting “NO” for no apparent reason (not true). Another is that I follow marching orders from outside groups or organizations that rate bills (also not true). Yet another is that I’m completely philosophically driven (not true either). The reputation that is true, is I do read all of the bills before I vote.

Agritourism: A promising economic success story for Colorado


Growing up in Southern Colorado, I was fortunate to experience many of the activities that make Colorado wonderful. From farmer's markets to dude ranches, whether it's the Colorado State Fair or picking fruit at an orchard, agritourism is critical to Colorado's agrarian lifestyle and economy.