Guest Columns

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?

HOGAN & MAMET: STATE OF OUR CITIES AND TOWNS

Municipal revenues are up, but unfortunately maintenance schedules still lag behind

GUEST COLUMNISTS

It’s taken four years for the municipal revenue picture to turn around but 2012 ended with encouraging results — 47 percent of respondents to an annual Colorado Municipal League survey report increased revenue in 2012 over the previous year. Back in 2009, 46 percent reported a decline in revenue from the previous year. This encouraging news is contained in the 2013 CML State of our Cities and Towns Report — CML’s annual municipal health check-up. Revenue increases vary throughout the state.

Drilling and fracking have destroyed value of our most significant investment — our homes

GUEST COLUMNIST

As the pace of oil and gas development increases in Colorado the controversy and impacts on our communities and public health have been well documented. However, one impact to Coloradans which not has received as much attention is how drilling and fracking has impacted Colorado’s real estate and the value of Coloradans’ most significant investment and nest egg — our homes.
 


Comprehensive and modernized regulatory frameworks counter concerns about fracking

GUEST COLUMNIST

The state of Colorado is like nowhere else in the world. Coloradans feel strongly about our environment, community, and economic growth. It’s personal to us. So when we hear concerns about hydraulic fracturing — a tightly regulated technology used to enhance oil and natural gas development — in our state, we understand.

TEEGARDEN: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND KEN SALAZAR…

January reflections on three Americans — two for the ages, one still belongs to Colorado

Contributing Columnist

January (1st) marks the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, by America’s greatest President, Abraham Lincoln. Make no mistake, and ignore criticism to the contrary — this one act by Lincoln (combined with winning the Civil War, of course) had more to do with the elimination of America’s Original Sin of Slavery than any other in history, including passage of the 13th Amendment.

STYLE MATTERS

Stars of the West Shine at Citizen of the West Dinner

Contributing Columnist

Style Matters loves attending fundraising dinners, social events with deserving honorees, and women’s luncheons where the finest jewelry and newest facelifts are on display. To misquote Shakespeare’s description of Cleopatra: “Custom cannot stale their infinite variety.” As many as I have attended, both as working media and as a guest, I still get a bit choked up when the honoree is introduced and clap as enthusiastically as any volunteer. But I must say that the Citizen of the West dinner, part of the annual National Western Stock Show, has a special quality to it that sets it apart. Maybe it’s the abundance of tall handsome ranchers, or the bolo-bedecked owners of feedlots, or the turquoise and silver belts wrapped around ironed, well fitting jeans. Whatever it is, Style Matters has contracted a bad case of “Bonanza” fever.

THE WEBBCAST: EGGNOG CONVERSATION

Aggravations — thing one and two. Elected officials, TV newscasters beware.

Contributing Columnist

It’s totally embarrassing when someone says, “I read your column, it always makes sense, what are you writing about next?” and I don’t have a new idea in mind. This has happened fairly frequently lately (I must be spending too much time at holiday parties), but I’ve developed two topics as a result of recent experiences. And without channeling the bite of Gene Amole, both are aggravating and difficult to solve. With apologies to Dr. Seuss: