Pete Webb

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:

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.

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.

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.”

WEBBCAST: REMEMBERING MEDILL BARNES

Straight talk about a straight-shooting guy

The Colorado Statesman

Feisty. Principled. Direct.

I’m looking for the right word to begin a remembrance of Medill McCormick Barnes, who died March 1. The practice of starting with one word to define a column topic was an old device used by the late Gene Amole, who wrote for the Rocky Mountain News.

THE WEBBCAST

What the Post’s downsizing really means, and a ‘New York’ moment in local TV

GUEST COLUMNIST

I’m becoming a bit more embarrassed these days when I admit that I still receive a newspaper on my front step, and that I read a large-format “national” newspaper (the Wall Street Journal) at the office every day. And doubtless you’re reading this on conventional newsprint, which is how Statesman subscribers are accustomed to getting their political news. Although I’ll admit I’m downloading the “apps” to my new iPad so I can read both newspapers online.

THE WEBBCAST: AMY STEPHENS DESERVES BETTER

Standing in a circle, and firing at will

Special to The Colorado Statesman

The past month’s spectacle of Congress struggling with a debt ceiling limit, and the compromises over tax increases, cuts in government spending, and the anguished rhetoric, also highlighted a unique feature of partisan politics — the ability of party members to turn upon themselves.

This phenomenon manifests itself with a peculiar exercise in which dueling party members figuratively stand in a circle and fire pistols at each other. Some fall dead, others are wounded, and no one really wins the duel.