Guest Columns

Dems see hopes for West dim in Colorado

By Dick Wadhams
CHAIR, COLORADO REPUBLICANS

This headline is not mine. It appeared on the front page of the New York Times on Sunday, May 9, 2010. But this wasn’t the first news story in the last several months to chronicle Colorado voters rejecting the failed agenda of Barack Obama, Bill Ritter, John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet:

SMITH: A LIFE WELL LIVED, IF NOT CUT SHORT

Chips may have fallen, but Denver’s water chief will be forever etched in our memories

Chips Barry, this special man, kind, caring, committed to his work and family, never one to push for accolades although he well deserved them for his many years of service to Colorado and Denver. It seems so unfair that this terrible accident would happen just as he was settling in to his new challenges as a farmer. Yet, when I think of him, what I think of most of all is laughter. There was never a time with Chips when he wasn’t making you laugh.

CHANDLER: I'VE GOT AN INDEPENDENT STREAK NOW

A little blue about leaving the Green Party

I’m not writing here a lofty essay explaining some deep, consequential philosophical divergence from the Green Party of Colorado.

HUDSON: GREAT ENTERTAINMENT AFTER COUNTY ASSEMBLIES

Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ brings forth thoughts of Rahm and Barack and even Karl

• “Othello” by William Shakespeare and directed by Kent Thompson.
• “Mariela In The Desert” by Karen Zacarias and directed by Bruce K. Sevy, with original music composed by Bruce Coffin. Playing through May 1 and May 15 at the DCPA.

LANDWIRTH: WAVE OF BABY BOOMERS WILL SOON CREST

Bill pushes for fresh approach to elder care funding

The approaching wave of baby boomers in Colorado and the expanding ranks of individuals who will be 65 and older has been named the “silver tsunami” for its size and impact. Nowhere will this surge be felt more dramatically than in our state’s health care system. While many have been debating the issues, planning and beginning to make adjustments to our health care delivery system, if we keep tweaking along the edges and don’t make strategic changes, other important public services — schools, prisons, transit and more — are going to be crowded out.

DOTY: A POLITICAL AGENDA AT WORK?

‘Modernization of Elections’ bill is a bad joke

Late last week state Rep. Terrance Carroll (D) proposed legislation at the capitol titled “Modernization of Elections.” I have several comments about this proposed legislation.

HUDSON: MAMA HATED DIESELS; DEARLY DEPARTED

A slice of Americana comes to Denver with two delightful productions

• “Mama Hated Diesels,” by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman. Directed by Randal Myler. Playing at the DCPA Stage Theater through May 9.

• “Dearly Departed,” by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Directed by John Ashton. Playing at the Aurora Fox through April 17.

DORSCHNER: REMEMBRANCES FROM HER SON 10 YEARS AFTER HER DEATH

In loving memory of Sherry Keene-Osborn

It is hard to believe that just over 10 years ago my mother, Sherry Keene-Osborn, passed away. She was 54 years old when she died, and was a contributing editor at The Colorado Statesman. She was known to many as a professional journalist with the utmost integrity and professionalism. What I want to make sure people remember, however, is her personal side.

STULP: HOMEGROWN PRIDE

Colorado agriculture: enriching our lives

American agriculture is the envy of the world because of its remarkable productivity. But that productivity brings with it many, often unheralded benefits for American society. Besides the abundant food it produces, Colorado’s farms and ranches add value to our lives in many ways.

HILLMAN: HOUSE BILL 1021 IS ILL ADVISED

More health care 'help' we can’t afford

Legislators talk frequently about the Law of Unintended Consequences but rarely seem to recognize when a bill they support will, if passed, inevitably collide with that law.