Guest Columns

Innovation needed to meet 21st century education challenges

CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST

Next week in the House of Representatives, we’ll consider the most significant piece of federal legislation for K-12 schools: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

In non-Congressional speak, it’s known as No Child Left Behind.

HUDSON: POLITICIANS & TECHNOLOGY — A MATCH MADE IN HELL

Obamacare site a casualty of the Internet Age

Several years ago while visiting Los Angeles, I found myself trapped on a gridlocked freeway, not an unusual predicament in America’s strip mall utopia. The car idling immediately in front of mine sported a bumper sticker that suggested, “FOR A LISTING OF ALL THE WAYS TECHNOLOGY HAS IMPROVED YOUR LIFE, PLEASE PRESS 3.” The voice on my car radio was reporting that the computer controlling local streetlights had crashed. Traffic was moving at a crawl everywhere. Time to reach an exit, crawl to a sports bar and quaff a cold beer or two or three.

Buck: Spending cuts, not tax increases are the answer

Balanced Budget Amendment vital to reducing $18.1 trillion debt

Contributing Columnist

As a member of Congress I have the opportunity to tackle what I view as our nation’s most dangerous threat, the $18.1 trillion debt. We face serious threats from bad actors on the international stage, from Iran to ISIS, but my greatest concern is the debt. It is fast approaching economically damaging levels, and both political parties are culpable.

CARNO: CRUSHING THE AMERICAN DREAM

With recreational marijuana already legal, what’s so wrong with powdered alcohol?

GUEST COLUMNIST

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 29, the House passed House Bill 1031, sponsored by Rep. JoAnn Windholz, R-Commerce City, on second reading. The bill delays the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado until the state can implement an adequate regulatory framework. While powdered alcohol is not currently legal for sale here, it can be purchased online.

GESING: AN OUTSIDE THE BOX PERSPECTIVE

Congress’ climate change approach is crucial to America’s global leadership

Intern

In an effort to stall the passage of a bill that would approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, U.S. Senate Democrats over the past few weeks launched a harangue of amendments centered around climate change. The strategy was designed to force their foes on the other side of the aisle to gamble with their political capital.

GAGLIARDI: The national impact of a Colorado court case 


Question of TABOR’s constitutionality could cause major reverberations

GUEST COLUMNIST

Who is in charge of the American republic?

A case out of the federal district court of Colorado could answer that question, if the Supreme Court takes the matter up next spring.

In 1992, Coloradans voted to amend their state constitution in order to impose restraints on their government’s power to tax and spend. The Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) has since given citizens the final say on new or increased taxes and spending.

POULSON: WHY SHOULD THE STATE KEEP YOUR MONEY?

Prediction: Special interest groups will lobby to stop TABOR refunds

GUEST COLUMNIST

Your TABOR refund check isn’t in the mail, at least not yet. Some groups would like to stop next year’s refunds, in spite of the benefits they would mean for the state.

Rapid growth in the Colorado economy will increase state revenue in excess of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights limit. Colorado’s TABOR constitutional amendment limits the growth of state revenue to the sum of population growth plus inflation; surplus revenue above that limit must be refunded to taxpayers.

COX: MUSINGS FROM THE MISTS OF AMEREXICO

A Republican describes Republicans. They won’t like it. Click on to Chris Ladd’s blog

GUEST COLUMNIST

There’s a blog item going around these days that’s getting a lot of attention from Democrats because it says that despite last month’s embarrassment at the national polls, all may not be lost. You read that right: Not lost. Matter of fact, it says the future is very bright for Dems, and very, very, very dark for Republicans. For them, says Chris Ladd, the election was a “prelude to disaster.”

Style Matters at the Denver Art Museum Cartier Exhibition

The Colorado Statesman

First, a disclaimer. Style Matters loves jewelry, any kind. I will stop to peruse Target’s jewelry department. I think the new JC Penney jewelry cases at Park Meadows are worth inspecting. The first place I go to when visiting a new city is its museum jewelry display.

COX: MUSINGS FROM THE MISTS OF AMEREXICO

Election 2014: Of sheepdogs, duckwalkers, super-Stentors & puny, pandering politicos

GUEST COLUMNIST

Well, the Dems have been pounded into pulp, the Republicans will have control of Congress for the next two years and Obama will have the veto pen.

At least the growing dysfunction in Washington will be simpler to understand — it’ll be Obama down at the White House against the Republicans on Capitol Hill. No finalists left standing in this war to define the American soul. Will it be one of enlightened progress or creepy conservatism? Will it once again blaze a fresh trail into the future, or be content to rest, fat as a croaking frog, on its molding lily pad of laurels?