Guest Columns

BENDER: MONUMENTS TO JUSTICE

Colorado celebrates law day and opening of Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center

GUEST COLUMNIST

Last week, people across the United States observed Law Day. It is a time each year to celebrate the rule of law and the role the courts and legal system play in helping people peacefully resolve disputes in modern society. Here in Colorado, we were privileged and honored to have U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor help us mark the occasion.

FOGG: STRIVING FOR FULL EUALITY BEFORE THE LAW

Law Day marks important strides toward equality

GUEST COLUMNIST

In 1963, my Dad and I heard the words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. to a large crowd gathered at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit following the Freedom Walk. It was a great speech. We did not know at that time that many of the words contained in that speech would soon be repeated to inspire not just those at Cobo Hall, but would inspire a nation and generations of Americans to bring to life those words of equality and justice for all carved in the bedrock of our country’s foundation and reiterated in the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln 100 years earlier.

TEEGARDEN: 150 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH…

May 10, 1863 — A turning point of the Civil War

Contributing Columnist

I’m in search of a bright line answer here: Was there an actual date which we can consider the turning point of the Civil War?

Two years ago, in April 2011, America kicked off its so-called Sesquicentennial recollection of the American Civil War, which technically began on April 12, 1861, with the Confederate artillery attack on the Fort Sumter, a federal island fortress in the Charleston, SC harbor. While writing a number of columns for The Colorado Statesman in recognition of this 150th anniversary of that period of U.S. history, I’ve subscribed to the obvious acknowledgement that 1863 was a singularly important year in our history — consider just the following list, which is by no means complete:

RILEY-CHETWYND: WATER MANAGEMENT BEGINS AT LOCAL LEVEL

Denver Botanic Gardens’ commitment to sustainability, water conservation is solid

GUEST COLUMNIST

With outdoor water use accounting for more than half of Denver’s water consumption, water-efficient gardening can help conserve this precious resource. Denver Botanic Gardens identified sustainability as a core value with this in mind — educating our community on how to design and maintain a beautiful garden with plants that are appropriate for a semi-arid climate. From the way we irrigate to the plants we feature in our gardens, we try to set an example of good water management.

COLEMAN: WE HELP COLORADANS LEARN TO 'SPEAK FLUENT WATER'

Water has statewide, national, implications

GUEST COLUMNIST

Everyone makes choices about water. Whether it’s on a large scale, making policy decisions for the town, state or country; or in the privacy of the home — in Colorado, water is a complex and scarce but essential resource. It’s particularly important to make informed decisions.

STYLE MATTERS

Hair today....

Contributing Columnist

The last time hair made a splash was when Jennifer Aniston debuted “the Rachel,” on the hit show “Friends.” The “Rachel,” named after Aniston’s character, was the perfect hair style. Google it and you will see what I mean. It looked flattering on everyone. Cut “piecey” (as my stylist described it) and layered at the ends, rounded at the top, face-framing and relatively easy to blow dry back to its style, the “Rachel” took off across the country almost as fast at the iPhone. Not since Farrah Fawcett’s ‘do (May she rest in peace with those perfectly blown back golden wings of hair) have so many women adopted the same hairstyle all at once. For a while “Fawcetts” abounded; “Rachels” spread like the flu. And then... nothing. These styles disappeared. A “Fawcett” today looks old-fashioned and dated. A “Rachel” encourages critics (and by critics I mean my best friends), to threaten a hair intervention.

MEIS: NATURAL TREASURES LIE BENEATH THE GROUND AS WELL AS ABOVE

Mesa County’s Energy Master Plan protects environment, promotes economic well-being

GUEST COLUMNIST

The natural beauty of Western Colorado is unique. It offers an unequaled experience for visitors and locals alike.

Another treasure lies beneath the surface of this diverse and rugged region. The natural resources of coal, oil shale, and natural gas, offer strength to the economic vitality of the area. Energy development in Mesa County, Colorado has the potential to enrich, stabilize, and diversify the regional economy in countless ways.

TEEGARDEN: TIMES HAVEN’T CHANGED MUCH

Washington, D.C. — ‘The Great Volcano’

The Colorado Statesman

Instead of a column this week, I wanted to share a quote I recently came across, penned by our greatest President at a relatively young age (30).

Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, right-wing, left-wing, or somewhere in between, you have no doubt heard an example of overly provocative political speech or writing which not only was in opposition to your own point of view, but was also overblown and dramatic.

STYLE MATTERS

Spring Fashions, 2013

Contributing Columnist

Nancy Sagar, public relations doyenne of Neiman Marcus, rushed into the tony Edge restaurant in the downtown Four Seasons hotel last week, minions and models following in her wake. I knew immediately that something was very wrong. Now Nancy and her staff dress in black, always black. It’s their uniform, and if they should one day find a darker shade of black, you can bet they will switch.

WEBB: LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE…

Voters, not Denver School Board, should decide on vacancy replacement

GUEST COLUMNIST

Next month, the Denver Public School Board will decide on a replacement for Nate Easley Jr., a former board president who has served the Montbello, Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton neighborhoods since 2009.

Easley will step down from his seat in March to become the executive director of the Denver Scholarship Fund.

All Denver residents should be asking: What criteria will be used to pick his replacement? How transparent will the process be?