Morgan Smith

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Smith: Money and fear: El Chapo escapes again

The Colorado Statesman

“El Chapo for President of México,” Pastor Galván says. “He’s like Pancho Villa or Emilio Zapata. They had money, but they helped the poor, something the government doesn’t do.”

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Smith: ISIS training camps at border? Puras mentiras

The Colorado Statesman

“Puras mentiras,” Cecilia Vazquez says to me. Nothing but lies. The other Mixteca Indians nod in agreement.

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Gaon ‘always looking out for the little guy’

The Colorado Statesman

“Governor Love is a dumb bell.”

It was a Sunday afternoon and David Gaon was listening to the Herrick Roth show, when suddenly a man named J.D. MacFarlane made this comment about Gov. John Love. Gaon immediately called MacFarlane, offered to work on his campaign for attorney general, went to Pueblo to meet with Wally Stealey and J.D.’s wife, Janet. David ended up driving all over the state with them as MacFarlane pursued his first campaign for attorney general.

SMITH: THE HECK WITH MARCO RUBIO’S ATTACKS ON OBAMA

End of Cuban embargo is good policy for U.S.

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Congratulations to President Obama for being the first president to stand up and reject the counterproductive and long outdated Cuban embargo. And to heck with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and others for their attacks on him. How can they justify an embargo that was first imposed on October 19, 1960, extended on February 7, 1962 and has, in effect, kept the Castro brothers in power longer than the terms of our last seven presidents? How would the Castros ever have maintained power if they hadn’t had the United States to blame for their decades of economic mismanagement and brutality?

SMITH: BREAKING AWAY HERE AND YONDER

Shared problems: taxes, corruption, the economy, lack of confidence in our leaders

GUEST COLUMNIST

“After I vote, I look up into the sky and say a prayer that it will turn out alright,” says a Spaniard named Francisco Noviola. Despite the agony of our November 4 elections, it’s November 9 and here we are in Barcelona, Spain to observe another election — the referendum on independence from Spain that was taking place throughout the region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital. Noviola was one of the many voters I interviewed.

SMITH: MAJOR PROBLEM STILL EXISTS WITH IGUALA

Reforms in Mexico could mean more business for local telecom, energy industries

GUEST COLUMNIST

To the great surprise of most observers, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has pushed forward three major reforms that could lead to dramatic political and social improvements for Mexico as well as new business opportunities for Colorado companies. He has broken the telecommunications monopoly, meaning that Mexicans should soon have better and cheaper phone service.

Serving with Regis Groff was uplifting

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Regis Groff not only brought great class and dignity to the Colorado General Assembly but he was able to lift us from what often seemed like the day-to-day grind of our work and enable us to see that being an elected official was both a special opportunity and a unique responsibility. I served in the House and he was in the Senate and I remember often going over to the Senate Chambers when he was to speak on an issue because I knew that whatever he said would be uplifting.

Steak, biscuits and now lemon pie with former Rep. Bob Shoemaker

The Colorado Statesman

It’s August 26, and I’ve driven to the ranch of Helen Shoemaker and her husband, former State Representative Bob Shoemaker in a beautiful valley north of Cañon City to visit. Sunday, August 31 was Helen’s 90th birthday and Bob, her husband of 67 years, will be 90 next June.

Judge Kane has set the highest of standards

GUEST COLUMNIST

“I want to tell this next generation that the philosophers were right; that St. Francis, Buddha, Muhammad, Maimonides – all spoke the truth when they said the way to serve yourself is to serve others. And that Aristotle was right, before them, when he said that the only way to assure your happiness is to give.”

U.S. District Judge John L. Kane
50th Class Reunion
University of Denver College of Law
May 22, 2010

SMITH: THE U.S. HAS AN OBLIGATION TO HELP

Immigration crisis can be an opportunity, but only if leaders really come forward

Contributing Columnist

Governor Rick Perry orders 1,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border. President Obama urges the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to focus on their “shared responsibility” for the influx of migrant children from their countries. But where are Governor Perry’s troops going to go and what are they going to do? And what responsibility does President Obama think we have for this crisis?