Guest Columns

SMITH: DRUG WAR VIOLATES MEXICO'S SECURITY

Terror awaits us on our own continent

I was weeping with fear,” Irene says. “It seemed like we were in Iraq.”

It’s Thanksgiving morning, and I’m sitting in the kitchen of her home in Nogales, Mexico, as she describes a recent gun battle that took place about a kilometer away.

HARBER: LET'S LOOK BEYOND THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Ritter needs bold choice to replace Salazar

Colorado’s pundits and politicos are advising Gov. Bill Ritter to replace U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar with someone well-known and well-connected in Democratic circles, someone who can raise the millions of dollars likely to be needed for the 2010 election campaign.

Those criteria are too simplistic — if not altogether wrong.

MARTIN: COLORADANS! INTO THE BREACH!

Give up on the GOP; it’s time for a fresh start

All this bloviating about the future of the Republican Party and how it should reinvent itself reminds me of a family finally acknowledging that an aged relative has crossed the bar into dottiness: What should we do with the Grand Old Party?

DUNCAN: GROUP CAN BE A PAIN, BUT IT'S NOT CRIMINAL

Mighty oaks from little ACORNs grow

Over the years I have had my gripes with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). They can really be a pain in the … neck.

You will always be aware when they develop an interest in something you are doing. They show up in significant numbers, frequently in red T-shirts, and sometimes with a good deal of noise. They are never, to my knowledge, violent or physical.

BROWN: GOVERNOR WAS MOST OFFENSIVE IN HIS COMMENTS AGAINST 48

Ritter, personhood and deception — not exactly the holy trinity

By Judie Brown
GUEST COLUMNIST

I am always concerned when public figures who claim to be Catholic make a point of denying Church teaching, or even worse, misrepresenting it for political gain. This is particularly true when the question involves the identity of the preborn child and his inherent right to life. Such has been the case during these past few days with Colorado’s governor, Democrat and “Catholic” Bill Ritter. On the capitol steps, he spoke at a pro-abortion media event during which heasserted,

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.