Guest Columns

JACKSON: 24 COLORADO AUTO DEALERSHIPS HAVE CLOSED SINCE JAN. 1, 2008

Cash for clunkers: A program that works

When it comes to the federal stimulus package, it often has been hard to point to concrete and immediate benefits.

Sometimes it seems to a skeptical public that billions of tax dollars were sucked into a black hole, with nothing to show for their investment.

HILLMAN: DOES EVEN OBAMA BELIEVE IN HIS HEALTH CARE PLAN?

Recall how well ‘Read my lips’ worked out?

Listening to President Obama explain “his” health care plan, I can’t help but wonder if he actually believes his own words.

KEFALAS: MISINFORMATION SULLIES INSURANCE DEBATE

This we know: Our current health care system is unsustainable

While the Colorado Legislature is out of session, the battle for health care reform is raging in Washington, D.C. With the House and Senate trying to pass a major reform bill, and with hundreds of insurance, hospital and pharmacy lobbyists filling the halls of Congress, it’s hard to know what the final product will be. Meanwhile, there is a colossal amount of misinformation being thrown at the American people and members of Congress in a high-priced and disingenuous campaign to kill health care reform.

MARTIN: ANTI-DEMOCRATIC, SENSELESS, LAZY AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

Somehow, some way, we have got to end term limits in Colorado

In the ’80s, something troubling happened to American democracy. Politicians convinced us that “government isn’t the solution; government is the problem” — an all-too-conventional wisdom that has had devastating consequences for effective government at all levels in the intervening 20 years.

KING: RITTER FIDDLES WITH ACCOUNTING WHILE ECONOMY BURNS

Colorado can succeed only when businesses in the state succeed

With each day that passes, Western Slope businesses have more and more reason to be concerned about the economic environment that the Democrats and Gov. Bill Ritter’s administration are leading us into.

HOLDEN: ALL COLORADANS SHOULD READ THEIR STATE AND U.S. CONSTITUTIONS

Useful idiots — and how not to be one

The term “useful idiots” supposedly was coined by Soviet dictator Vladimir Ilyich Lenin to describe Western intellectual idealists persuaded to adopt communism.

According to usefulidiots.com, useful idiots are the voting segment that “allows itself to fall for the same old word games and mind manipulation.”

ARENALES: A CASE FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM

The worst thing we can do about health care reform is nothing

You can’t open a newspaper, turn on the TV or read a political blog without getting a blow-by-blow account of the debate about health care reform going on right now in Washington. That’s good. We need change.

MARTIN: HEALTH CARE SHOULD REFLECT REAL AMERICAN VALUES

We’ll pay now or later, so let’s pay now

Years ago, my brother was diagnosed with cancer. He was lucky enough, through aggressive therapy, to put the disease into what appears to be a permanent remission. But after beating back his disease, he was faced with the challenge of trying to beat an insurance company into covering him with his “pre-existing condition.”

CLARK, ISENBERG, KORTZ: RULING REINSTATES FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Judge in business-labor coalition lawsuit rules Amendment 54 is unconstitutional

Recently, a Denver District judge issued a preliminary injunction finding Amendment 54 — which restricts political speech by tens of thousands of Coloradans — unconstitutional. The order came in response to a group of plaintiffs who represent Colorado businesses, organized labor, nonprofits and such notable community leaders as Dan Ritchie, who said the new law was overly broad and vague and that it violated the rights of free speech and association guaranteed under the First Amendment.

MARTIN: IT'S A 'NEW' GENERATION'S TURN

The 'Greatest Generation' must live on in us

As we approach this Fourth of July holiday, I once again remember the book by former NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw, “The Greatest Generation.”

I have to ask myself when did the word greatest become greediest. Some time, I guess, since the early 1950s, when I was born. The robber barons of the early 1900s now look like saints.