Guest Columns

BENSON: BIPARTISAN BILL AIMS TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY

Multifaceted legislative effort offers hope for more stability in higher education

Colorado’s higher education community looks to the start of the 2010 session of the General Assembly with a mixture of trepidation and hope.

KERSGAARD: KIDS NEED TO SEE COLLEGE AS A POSSIBILITY

Free tuition could fuel dreams for students

Higher education funding in Colorado is problematic. We all know that.

HILLMAN: UNITY FOR CENTRIST CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES

National Freedom Initiative offers common ground for social, political right

Conservatives and Libertarians fight about social issues so routinely that we assume their differences are insurmountable. Most everyone on the center-right is dubious of big government, but when it comes to protecting the unborn or preserving the traditional definition of marriage, we are divided as to government’s proper role.

KERSGAARD: HAPPY TO FIND A NEW HOME IN A NEWSROOM

Statesman job feels good from the get-go

It’s good to be here. I just walked in the door, but I feel like I belong, like I have always belonged. It’s not often a life change feels so good from the get-go.

SMITH: WHY WAS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SO SLOW?

Hondurans use their weapon, the vote

"Our weapon is the vote,” a man named Randolfo tells me.

We are standing outside a school called La Vida Abundante in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It is Sunday, Nov. 29, Election Day, and this is one of the polling places.

NICHOLS: A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR COLORADO

Health care reform in Colorado is the right prescription for the economy

Coloradans cannot turn on the television without coming face to face with the health care reform debate in Washington. But with so many conflicting messages from different interest groups, it is hard to know what to believe.

HUDSON: DCPA PRODUCTIONS COMPLETELY UNSENTIMENTAL

'Well,' 'Absurd' add acidity to holiday treacle

“Well,” by Lisa Kron, directed by Christy Montour-Larson, and “Absurd Person Singular,” by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Sabin Epstein. Both playing through
Dec. 19 at the DCPA.
Tickets: 303-893-4100.

The Denver Center Theater Company is offering a pair of alternatives to its annual mounting of the Dickens chestnut, “A Christmas Carol.” Lisa Kron’s “Well” is the more intriguing fare, and, at 90 minutes without an intermission, will have you back on the street in plenty of time for a nightcap. Kron has been a performance artist, and it shows in her script, which is part sporadic monologue and part sketch comedy.

WINTER: DIVERSE WOMEN TRANSFORM POLITICAL SCENE

'Run, Vote, Lead' puts 20 candidates on ballot

Last year, Colorado and the rest of the country fell in love with a community organizer of humble beginnings who was raised by a hardworking single mother. With the support of the Centennial State he went on to win the presidency in 2008.

NEILSON: AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY?

Long-term Fiscal Stability Commission, run by Democrats, was a real charade

As a member of the state Long-term Fiscal Stability Commission, more aptly named by the minority the Long-term Fiscal Irresponsibility Commission, here is the “rest of the story” from my view.

HILLMAN: BASEBALL, BATS AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Metal bat decision may have its own victims

It’s natural to sympathize with the parents of Brandon Patch, the 18-year-old baseball pitcher who died after he was hit by a batted ball in 2003.