Guest Columns

COX: MUSINGS FROM THE MISTS OF AMEREXICO

Election 2014: Of sheepdogs, duckwalkers, super-Stentors & puny, pandering politicos

GUEST COLUMNIST

Well, the Dems have been pounded into pulp, the Republicans will have control of Congress for the next two years and Obama will have the veto pen.

At least the growing dysfunction in Washington will be simpler to understand — it’ll be Obama down at the White House against the Republicans on Capitol Hill. No finalists left standing in this war to define the American soul. Will it be one of enlightened progress or creepy conservatism? Will it once again blaze a fresh trail into the future, or be content to rest, fat as a croaking frog, on its molding lily pad of laurels?

MARES: MENTAL HEALTH IS HEALTH

Before Stage 4: An important call to action for the mental health of all Coloradans

Contributing Columnist

I want you to imagine for a moment what it would be like if Americans treated cancer in a different way than we do now. Imagine that instead of encouraging people to quit smoking and take other steps to prevent cancer, we just sort of crossed our fingers. Instead of telling people they need to get regular screenings, we waited until the illness had progressed to a more noticeable and less treatable stage.

LOVE KOURLIS: OUR SYSTEM OF JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE IS ONE OF BEST

Matt Arnold’s Clear the Bench would lead to a politicized judiciary in Colorado

Do you wonder about the judges on your ballot? Do you want more information about them?

SANDERSON: ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR THE COAL INDUSTRY

EPA carbon rules will drive rates through the roof and Colorado over the cliff

Imagine seeing big increases in your monthly electricity bill that never seem to end.

Picture the loss of 9,000 jobs in Colorado and the West.

Think of how life would change if power outages became a matter of course instead of rare occurrences.

ARNOLD: DON’T BE CONNED BY THE BLUE BOOK REVIEWS

“Know your Judge” with Clear the Bench’s evaluations of judicial performance in 2014

GUEST COLUMNIST

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
— Abraham Lincoln

As Coloradans prepare to cast their ballots in the 2014 elections, despite being bombarded with political ads and mailers, most voters have little to no information on up to a third of the people asking for their vote: our state’s third branch of government, the judges.

MACE: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Students should decide their schools of choice

GUEST COLUMNIST

Additional education is the choice that most reliably improves an American family’s quality of life. Consequently, both as a former Colorado legislator and during my professional career I have consistently attempted to expand access to and opportunity for college and specialized training programs.

HUDSON: A FULL WEEKEND OF ELECTIONEERING

Club 20 bridges divide in Colorado politics

Some 30 years ago the Bell System crumpled under pressure from Congress, regulators and competitors, not-so-voluntarily acceding to an anti-trust dissolution of its monopoly over national telephone service. American Telephone & Telegraph announced a divestiture plan that would spin off seven Baby Bell companies that would continue to offer the basic dial tone, while its manufacturing divisions, including Western Electric and Bell Labs, would emerge as an independent equipment developer and AT&T itself would carry on as primarily a long distance and high volume data transfer provider.

FULTON: THERE’S A SMART WAY TO DO THINGS

The best environmental program you’ve never heard of — and it’s from the government

GUEST COLUMNIST

What if I told you that there was a voluntary federal program that has resulted in a savings of 5 billion gallons of fuel, saved $16.8 billion in fuel costs, and reduced carbon monoxide emissions by over 52 million tons since the program’s inception in 2004. You probably wouldn’t believe it.

While we hear stories in the media about government boondoggles, very rarely do we hear about those public programs that do work and may even exceed expectations.

STEPHENS: WAR ON WOMEN STRATEGY WON’T WORK THIS TIME

Sen. Udall: Women are not one-issue voters

GUEST COLUMNIST

Democrats are wondering why it’s not working this time. In 2010, the War on Women strategy helped U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet edge out Republican Ken Buck in a close election. In 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney found his campaign on the losing end of the WOW attack. However, in 2014, the ploy isn’t working so well for incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in a tight election against challenger Cory Gardner.

LINZEY: COLORADANS DESERVE BETTER

How Congressman Jared Polis and Food and Water Watch sold out Colorado

GUEST COLUMNIST

Well that didn’t take long. For all of the grandiose political statements about supporting Colorado communities that have banned oil and gas drilling, the whole house of cards fell overnight.

First came Food and Water Watch, a non-profit organization, which led its supporters across a bridge to nowhere. After announcing that it would run a statewide ballot initiative to bolster the authority of communities to ban oil and gas extraction, the group instead drafted a measure that didn’t. When confronted, the group then tried to redraft the initiative, but then threw in the towel.