Guest Columns

HASAN: SENATE CANDIDATE NORTON APPEARS SENSELESS OR RACIST

Norton says she hasn’t forgotten 911 attacks — so she favors war on Islam?

Nothing has hurt the GOP more than Republican candidates who appear senseless or racist — Jane Norton, candidate for the U.S. Senate, has managed to appear as both.

SMITH: REMEMBRANCES OF ANOTHER TRAGIC OIL SPILL

Volunteers may have to help with oil spill

Looking at the coverage of the Gulf oil spill makes me think back to November 13, 2002 when the hull of the oil tanker, Prestige, cracked off the northwestern coast of Spain.

DAVOREN: ROLE OF UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CANNOT BE DISCOUNTED

Phil Goodstein’s history of South Denver elicits memories of many political figures

Phil Goodstein. The Ghosts of University Park, Platt Park, and Beyond. Denver: New Social
Publications, 2010. vi + 306 pp. ISBN 0-9742264-5-9. $19.95. maps, illustrations, index.

Lessons from '08 will keep us on top in '10

By Pat Waak
CHAIR, COLORADO DEMOCRATIC PARTY

In the midst of the 2010 campaign season, it is good to reflect on what we learned in 2008. Unprecedented in the history of Colorado, we mounted one of the largest coordinated campaigns that brought out not only a coalition of voters on behalf of Democrats, but also 432,000 first-time voters.

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.

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.

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.