Guest Columns

STYLE MATTERS: HBO’s Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Women politicians and their fashions — the messages they send

Contributing Columnist

Many citizens of this country admit to being embarrassed that the United States, the leader of the free world, has yet to elect a female vice president or president. Veep, an HBO vehicle for Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will do nothing to allay their concerns. Even the name of the show evokes a wince or two. Veep? Sounds like a pet the Flintstones might have owned. JLD plays Vice President Selina Meyers, the same character type she played on Seinfeld and New Adventures of the Old Christine — Elaine, always Elaine.

MASTERS: NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW

Law Day stresses courts’ role in democracy

GUEST COLUMNIST

While in a jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote: “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”

THE WEBBCAST

What should we expect from “TBD”?

Contributing Columnist

Governor Hickenlooper has shagged dozens of his “closest friends” to participate in the “TBD Colorado” process, with the lofty goal of creating “public policy recommendations for improving Colorado’s quality of life.”

We’ll miss his old-fashioned grass roots tamale parlor political style

GUEST COLUMNIST

What I will miss most about Paul Sandoval is that you could disagree with him and still be friends. That is very rare today in Denver politics. He took to heart the words of Shakespeare’s second line from Sonnet 116, “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” We could disagree on candidates, issues and ideas, but after the dust of an election settled, we were still friends. After the hurly burly was done, after the battle lost or won, you picked yourself up, dusted yourself off and went on to the next battle as friends.

TEEGARDEN: RECAP OF THE CIVIL WAR

May 1862: A Civil War status report after one year of protracted fighting

Contributing Columnist

In the coming months, I look forward to writing in more detail about 1862, including tragedies (like Antietam and Fredericksburg) and triumphs (like the Emancipation Proclamation) which are part of this year’s Sesquicentennial remembrance, as well as other core antebellum and post-bellum issues.

For this week, however, since so many readers of The Colorado Statesman are about to emerge from the “fog” of the legislative session for 2012, I though it might be helpful to provide a very brief situational report on the American Civil War as it stood 150 years ago this week, in 1862.

STYLE MATTERS: Madeleine Albright: “Read my Pins”

Contributing Columnist

Instead of “Read my Lips,” Madeleine Albright, the first woman secretary of state, prefers “Read my Pins.” Over the years Albright collected hundreds of pins, each with a symbolic message and an anecdote. A selection of her favorites is currently part of an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum called, “Read My Pins, the Madeleine Albright Collection.” The pins arrived in Denver April 15 and will be on display until June 17.

NESBITT: PROPOSALS INCREASE THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE SYSTEM

Modernizing personnel system supports state workers and the people of Colorado

GUEST COLUMNIST

In his April 6 guest column in The Colorado Statesman, Miller Hudson asserts that Colorado voters should “think long and hard” before they approve proposed changes to a State personnel system “that has served them well for nearly a century.” While we agree with him wholeheartedly on the importance of a sound personnel system, it is a disservice to the dedicated public servants who work for the State to let sentimentality impede the progress necessary to deliver effective, efficient and elegant service to the people of Colorado.

CHEROUTES: SURVIVING THEN AND NOW…

Campaigning: Same as it ever was

GUEST COLUMNIST

The word “candidate” comes from the Latin “candida,” meaning clothed in white, referencing the bleached white togas Roman politicians wore to stand out in a crowd. The bleaching solution of the day was urine, a product vastly improved upon over time.

MARKS: HE WAS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO

April 13 brings back fond memories of Apollo astronaut Jack Swigert

GUEST COLUMNIST

April 13, 1970 — Apollo 13 — “Hey, we’ve got a problem here.”

TEEGARDEN: MORE POLITICAL GAMES AND TRICKERY!

A look back at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 1860

GUEST COLUMNIST

Well folks, ‘tis the season for Presidential-year Political Conventions!

Ah yes — more political games and trickery! Smoke filled rooms, counterfeit admission tickets, well-heeled East Coast financiers trying to strong arm western voters, organized and paid shouters and cheerleaders, rumor-mongering, threats of party defections, promises of cabinet posts and other patronage in exchange for support, the raising of absurd sums of money for political action, etc, etc.