Guest Columns

HUDSON: PLAY SET IN SMALL RURAL COLORADO TOWN

Charm — and problems — of small town America played out in DCPA?production

“Eventide” by Eric Schmiedl, adapted from the novel by Kent Haruf, and directed by Kent Thompson. Playing through Feb. 27 at the DCPA.

HILLMAN: WHO'S THE REAL VILLAIN?

HB 1168 should be really be titled 'The Trial Lawyer Hypocrisy Act of 2010'

If there’s one thing personal injury lawyers are especially good at, it’s exploiting the misfortunes of their clients while devising new ways to line their own pockets.

HUDSON: A SPACEY PLAY

American astronaut, Russian Cosmonaut find connection in DCPA production

“When Tang Met Laika,” by Rogelio Martinez and directed by Terrence J. Nolen. Playing in the Space Theater at the DCPA through February 27.
Tickets: 303-893-4100.

BOIGON: THIS IS A VERY TAXING TOPIC

Medical marijuana should not be used as an economic development tool

More than 400 medical marijuana dispensaries have applied for use permits in Denver, most of them in the last two and a half months. Constituents on all sides of the issue have contacted me: patients depending on marijuana to ease their illnesses, caregivers seeking to provide a service, and deeply concerned residents trying to protect their neighborhoods from crime and their children from harm.

HUDSON: STATE EMPLOYEES DESERVE BETTER

So-called 'PERAsites' are tired of having budget balanced on their backs

For more than two thousand years legislatures have found it necessary to provide pensions to public workers. Otherwise, it would prove nearly impossible to attract qualified workers willing to perform many of the thankless tasks all societies leave to government. Despite the allure of plundering the provinces, the Roman Senate guaranteed enlisting legionnaires a plot of land, a separation bonus to build a farmhouse and a lifetime pension following 25 years of military service.

HILLMAN: ANOTHER LIFELINE TO RESCUE PERA

Workers cannot ignore the cost of PERA

Rescuing the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is nothing new for state lawmakers. Twice in the last decade, legislators have thrown PERA a lifeline, forcing the state, school districts, local governments and finally even workers to chip in hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the plan afloat.

HAMMER: WE MUST INSURE ALL CHILDREN

Colo. kids can’t wait; the opportunity is now

When we provide health coverage for kids, we give them the opportunity to grow into healthy adults who live, work and thrive in every Colorado community.

HILLMAN: WE CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER 'BUSINESS-FRIENDLY' DEM

Being nice guy doesn’t qualify one to be guv

After all the Hickenhoopla dies down, Colorado voters may experience a sick feeling of déjà vu as the Denver mayor and Democrat candidate for governor claims that he’s “business friendly.”

LEVINE: A SMALL BUSINESSMAN'S VIEW OF JOBS

Want to create more jobs? No new taxes!

These days, it seems that every elected official, regardless of party affiliation, talks about the need for jobs. Some in passing and some at length, but, either way, it’s jobs, jobs, jobs. And, after all, who could argue with that? Unfortunately, not everyone fully understands what it takes to create jobs.

PENNY: NINE OUT OF 10 CITIES INVEST IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Colorado hometowns rolling up sleeves

Solutions to our problems are often found right at home — and the current recession is a good example. I’m heartened to see that Colorado’s hometowns have rolled up their sleeves and are working hard to improve our state’s economy. That means jobs for our residents and investment in our communities.