Guest Columns

SMITH: SHARED MEMORIES FROM LAMM’S CABINET

Frank Traylor, truly ahead of his times

The Colorado Statesman

“This is a very amorphous undisciplined mass,” announced Frank Traylor of the Republican Party on August 22, 1982 in a Cabinet meeting of then-Governor Dick Lamm. Frank was a member of the Cabinet then, but as a Republican, he had previously served four years (1974-78) in the Colorado House of Representatives. In fact, he was part of a political dynasty, the likes of which we’ll never see again.

HUDSON: TIMES HAVE CHANGED

July 4th fireworks should illuminate rather than obscure American realities

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Day may fall on August 1st each year, but July 4th always serves as a reminder that we are the Centennial State, admitted to the union a century after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadel-phia. In 1776 Lewis and Clark had not yet undertaken their trek from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia, crossing the Rockies somewhere in Wyoming, and Colorado was familiar only to its Native American tribes and a handful of French-Canadian trappers and other mountain men.

TEEGARDEN: REMEMBRANCES OF JULY 4th

Celebrating both myth and history of Gettysburg as a great Union victory

The Colorado Statesman

July 4, 1863 was “Moving Day” in the American Civil War. While the battle of Gettysburg actually took place over the three-day period of July 1 through 3, culminating with the ill-fated Pickett/Pettigrew Charge against the Union forces on Cemetery Ridge, the longer term impact on the war arguably occurred the next day.

TORO: CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE A BETTER SYSTEM

Gessler decision shows why Colorado needs an Independent Ethics Commission

The Colorado Statesman

The idea that an elected official cannot use state funds on partisan political events or for personal use should not be controversial. The Independent Ethics Commission’s determination that Secretary of State Scott Gessler violated state laws regarding the use of public funds was an exercise in common sense.

FULTON: ‘REGULATORY DRAG’ DRAINS CRITICAL TIME AND MONEY

To keep on trucking, we need to move toward smarter and simpler regulation

The Colorado Statesman

Recent statistics reflect that over 90 percent of the trucking companies in Colorado are made up of businesses that have 20 or less employees. Very few of these companies have a staff attorney, regulatory director, or tax specialist. Yet because of the increasing complex web of laws and regulations in our state and country, almost all of these companies at one time during the year will need to retain the services of one of these specialists.

HUDSON: ONLY SO MUCH MONEY TO BE HAD

November’s school finance ballot measure could hurt other prospects for next year

The Colorado Statesman

Since Colorado voters approved the TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) Amendment in 1992 with 53.7 percent of their votes, thereby awarding taxpayers the right to vote on all future tax increases, no statewide tax hike has been approved.

What to wear when you want to influence people

The Colorado Statesman

Lobbying: The process of influencing public and government policy at all levels: federal, state, and local. Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. (From thefreedictionary.com)

HUDSON: DENVER OR ADAMS COUNTY?

Whose competing land use policies will fly when it comes to the prickly subject of DIA?

The Colorado Statesman

Political pundit E. J. Dionne of the Washington Post recently penned a column questioning whether American democracy remains capable of delivering the services that voters want and need from their government. While it was the dysfunction in our nation’s Capitol that prompted his musings, there is a growing skepticism among historians and political scientists regarding the performance of democratic institutions across the globe. During the past decade, electoral politics has experienced a rough patch.

LAMM: EULOGY OF JIM MONAGHAN, MAY 22, 2013

Jim Monaghan was my ‘mentor-in-chief’

The Colorado Statesman

All politicians stand on the shoulders of other people. Politics is a team sport — but it has the cruelest reward system, because the glory goes almost exclusively to the candidate. No day-after pictures of the smiling winning team — like sailing, soccer, football — no, no the spotlight settles on one person, almost to the exclusion of those who did the most work.