Guest Columns

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.

Innovation needed to meet 21st century education challenges


Next week in the House of Representatives, we’ll consider the most significant piece of federal legislation for K-12 schools: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

In non-Congressional speak, it’s known as No Child Left Behind.


Obamacare site a casualty of the Internet Age

Several years ago while visiting Los Angeles, I found myself trapped on a gridlocked freeway, not an unusual predicament in America’s strip mall utopia. The car idling immediately in front of mine sported a bumper sticker that suggested, “FOR A LISTING OF ALL THE WAYS TECHNOLOGY HAS IMPROVED YOUR LIFE, PLEASE PRESS 3.” The voice on my car radio was reporting that the computer controlling local streetlights had crashed. Traffic was moving at a crawl everywhere. Time to reach an exit, crawl to a sports bar and quaff a cold beer or two or three.

Buck: Spending cuts, not tax increases are the answer

Balanced Budget Amendment vital to reducing $18.1 trillion debt

Contributing Columnist

As a member of Congress I have the opportunity to tackle what I view as our nation’s most dangerous threat, the $18.1 trillion debt. We face serious threats from bad actors on the international stage, from Iran to ISIS, but my greatest concern is the debt. It is fast approaching economically damaging levels, and both political parties are culpable.


With recreational marijuana already legal, what’s so wrong with powdered alcohol?


Editor’s Note: On Jan. 29, the House passed House Bill 1031, sponsored by Rep. JoAnn Windholz, R-Commerce City, on second reading. The bill delays the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado until the state can implement an adequate regulatory framework. While powdered alcohol is not currently legal for sale here, it can be purchased online.