Guest Columns

FERRANDINO AND VAAD: SUPPORT FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY WAS UNANIMOUS

Vote for Amendment S and bring state government into the 21st Century

GUEST COLUMNISTS

There’s no reason for Colorado’s government to be stuck in the past. And yet it is.

The rules and procedures that govern state hiring and personnel management in Colorado have not been updated or revised in over 40 years. In the context of a system that employs over 30,000 hardworking people, our obsolete management procedures mean large-scale inefficiency and waste.

SPENCE: ROMNEY WILL SCORE HIGH GRADES ON REFORM

Obama has been beholden to teacher unions — no wonder there isn’t education reform

GUEST COLUMNIST

The job of President is a tough one indeed. It involves many priorities and many challenges. As president, Mitt Romney will pursue genuine education reform that puts parents and students’ interests ahead of special interests. His reforms will ensure that every child has a chance to receive a quality education in a good school.

STYLE MATTERS: Great Fashion Moments at the Denver Art Museum’s “Becoming Van Gogh” Gala

Contributing Columnist

The Denver Art Museum is on a roll. The institution has been staging one stellar exhibit after another. On the stiletto heels of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit (shown only in Paris, Madrid and... Denver) to Madeleine Albright’s unusual collection of pins commemorating her diplomatic career, the DAM now brings to Colorado “Becoming Van Gogh,” the first major display of his work in the Rocky Mountain region.

MAMET: ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

More than 40 municipal elections scheduled

GUEST COLUMNIST

The Colorado Municipal League (CML), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 that represents the interests of 265 cities and towns, anticipates that at least 43 cities and towns throughout the state will be holding regular or special elections next month. What follows is a summary of some of them.

STYLE MATTERS: FALL FASHION TIPS

Contributing Columnist

For many women, this time of year brings on a bad case of fashion angst. Summer clothing is worn out; last year’s fall wardrobe doesn’t look nearly as great as memory serves. It’s time to pump up the closet with some trendy new duds. But which ones? What should we invest in, what will become clothing malfunctions?

THE WEBBCAST

The flack over fracking continues — it’s time to export common sense

Contributing Columnist

It’s only been in the last year or so that controversy has erupted over the practice of “fracking,” an energy industry term that’s shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing,” a technique used to disrupt underground formations and release the oil and gas captured in the geological strata.

TEEGARDEN: NEVER BEEN TO GRACELAND, BUT…

Elvis lives! In the cradle of the Civil War

Contributing Columnist

Last week was Elvis Week. The Beatles may have had “Eight Days a Week,” but Elvis got 9! That’s right — Aug. 10 through Aug. 18 was Elvis Week, and the primary celebrations occurred in Memphis, Tennessee, at Graceland, and throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.

SMITH: SHOEMAKER’S LEGACY IS ONE OF RESPECT

Joe Shoemaker was a real straight shooter

It was 9:30 Monday night when the phone rang. I saw Jeff Shoemaker’s name on the panel and knew immediately why he was calling. Yes, Joe Shoemaker had been slipping fast but, to me, he had always seemed invincible. So to hear that he had passed was like a hammer blow.

STYLE MATTERS: What the well-dressed sweaty professional wears to the office

Contributing Columnist

The heat is unbearable, I will grant you that. But it’s no reason for stylish readers to sacrifice their professional dress standards. If nothing else, think of your colleagues. Who wants to sit next to someone with Lake Michigan size armpit sweat stains or have to hold up their iPads in a vain attempt to block the odors of a deodorant that has long ago waved the white flag. It’s possible to look good even while the temperatures climb.

WEBBCAST: BEHIND THE NEWS

Media Musings… Or, why is it done that way?

Contributing Columnist

• Let’s recognize that Channel 7 stepped up to cover the weeks of fire storms. Clearly it’s a sign that new owner Scripps-Howard takes local newsgathering seriously, and committed the resources to cover High Park, then Waldo Canyon, with reporters who could actually tell the story. Apparently they also moved crews and producers in from other Scripps-Howard stations to ensure there was enough “people-power” to report the news. What a concept. It did pay off — KMGH was second in the overnight ratings during the height of the Waldo Canyon coverage, close behind 9News.